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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Northcutt Narrator: Christopher Graybill, Julie Schaller, Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Darwin Award Series Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781593162931
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The Darwin Awards III commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it, showing us just how uncommon common sense can be! Meet the absentminded terrorist who opens a mail bomb returned to him for insufficient postage. Marvel at the thief who steals electrical wires before shutting off the current. Gape at the would-be pilot who flies his lawn chair suspended from helium balloons into air-traffic lanes.These tales of trial and awe-inspiring error illustrate the ongoing saga of survival of the fittest in all its selective glory! The author has appeared in USA Today, Entertainment WeeklyBoston Herald, Publisher Weekly, and CNN.com. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 2/18/2014

    " Nothing like reading one of these books to make me feel brilliant. Some of the stories were not really as good as they could be, and I questioned a few of the awards, but I did enjoy the book, as I have enjoyed the other books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/4/2014

    " This one is ok, but I've read an earlier addition that I found funnier. There are definitely a few stories that sit high above the others in hilarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/2/2014

    " Beyond Classic ~ An imperative read. Remember and thank those who take risks and move our race forward, in one way or another (also avoid doing it yourself). An archive of creativity and fearlessness! Feel good about your day, however horrific it's been, hey, at least you didn't do THIS... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matty | 1/22/2014

    " The strangest stories, yet dull "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kana | 1/18/2014

    " I always enjoy these books but some of the runner-up's made me cringe or in some cases feel really really bad for the person. Not all of them were idiots doing stupid things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kian | 1/15/2014

    " Overall pretty funny. It was very reminiscent of the television show "1,000 ways to die". However, this book is not one of those books that should be read in big doses. Most stories in it are pretty short, and in my opinion should be read individually over time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/26/2013

    " A further collection of amusing tales of how people have removed or nearly removed themselves from the human gene pool. One must start to wonder the depth of human stupidity if this series can go to a third volume. Still very funny all the same "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian Anderson | 12/25/2013

    " Hysterically fun! A must read for when you're on the pot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sammons | 12/22/2013

    " More dumb people dying poorly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/6/2013

    " Mental cotton candy. But funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Livingston | 12/2/2013

    " Always a funny fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 11/23/2013

    " An effective compendium of safety messages, but much more fun to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Petrus | 11/22/2013

    " I need new bathroom reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/19/2013

    " Humorous tales of those foolish people whose innane acts removed them from the gene pool - for the author's presumed greater glory of the human race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoinette | 8/1/2013

    " A book you can pick up, put down, and pick up again. I've read the first three and found all entertaining in a macabre way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DW | 6/2/2013

    " The more this series gets published the better I feel walking in society. Natural Selection is Earth's 'cleaning house'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffery | 11/13/2012

    " i want to read this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 11/6/2012

    " This book is great! Although, I do see and understand the thought pattern from some of the award winners. That scares me a bit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Takeshinz | 9/25/2012

    " A much needed laugh and reminder that Darwin was right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GUS BUS! | 9/8/2012

    " Ahhhh the stupidity of humans, always refreshing. Ths book is the hilarious story of how people remove themselves from the gene pool. This book is great for everyone, with great stories of complete lack of judgement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine 캐서린 | 7/26/2012

    " He he! More random stories about idiots. Trust me, it never gets old! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/22/2012

    " Hilarious but at the same time I felt like a gawker. not my fault, I didn't do it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 11/2/2011

    " Humorous, light, enjoyable stories of stupidity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 9/28/2011

    " The series continues; it seems there is no risk that we will run out of people willing to die doing stupid and dangerous things and thereby remove themselves from the breeding population. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 7/26/2011

    " Picked this up on a whim - the first chapter or so was ok, but lost interest as I read on. Some of these stories are pretty sad.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 6/8/2011

    " Fun stuff in small doses. All at once, however, the Darwin Awards become mean spirited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 4/5/2011

    " Quite entertaining. Rembember, "You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilton314 | 3/29/2011

    " Funny. And disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 1/11/2011

    " Humorous, light, enjoyable stories of stupidity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DW | 1/2/2011

    "
    The more this series gets published the better I feel walking in society. Natural Selection is Earth's 'cleaning house'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 10/3/2010

    " Picked this up on a whim - the first chapter or so was ok, but lost interest as I read on. Some of these stories are pretty sad.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matty | 5/3/2010

    " The strangest stories, yet dull "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Takeshinz | 12/19/2009

    " A much needed laugh and reminder that Darwin was right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/13/2009

    " Beyond Classic ~ An imperative read. Remember and thank those who take risks and move our race forward, in one way or another (also avoid doing it yourself). An archive of creativity and fearlessness! Feel good about your day, however horrific it's been, hey, at least you didn't do THIS... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 8/26/2009

    " Always a funny fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/14/2009

    " Quite entertaining. Rembember, "You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice"! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 5/10/2009

    " I need new bathroom reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 3/6/2009

    " Hilarious but at the same time I felt like a gawker. not my fault, I didn't do it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 1/16/2009

    " Fun stuff in small doses. All at once, however, the Darwin Awards become mean spirited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/2/2008

    " A further collection of amusing tales of how people have removed or nearly removed themselves from the human gene pool. One must start to wonder the depth of human stupidity if this series can go to a third volume. Still very funny all the same "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 9/29/2008

    " This book is great! Although, I do see and understand the thought pattern from some of the award winners. That scares me a bit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 8/22/2008

    " Humorous tales of those foolish people whose innane acts removed them from the gene pool - for the author's presumed greater glory of the human race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/29/2008

    " Mental cotton candy. But funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 2/23/2008

    " Hysterically fun! A must read for when you're on the pot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/2/2008

    " This one is ok, but I've read an earlier addition that I found funnier. There are definitely a few stories that sit high above the others in hilarity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/12/2007

    " The series continues; it seems there is no risk that we will run out of people willing to die doing stupid and dangerous things and thereby remove themselves from the breeding population. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GUS BUS! | 11/26/2007

    " Ahhhh the stupidity of humans, always refreshing. Ths book is the hilarious story of how people remove themselves from the gene pool. This book is great for everyone, with great stories of complete lack of judgement. "

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About the Narrators

Christopher Graybill has performed solo or partial narration for more than seventy-five audio books, including Listen Up and Audie Award winners.

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.