Every country is categorized in a number of ways, including ethnic cleanliness, level of Bono activity, prop comedians per 1,000 live birds, yearly income in wide-screen televisions, the monkeys they got, where it sees itself in five years, average skin color, benefits of invading said country, and most annoying handicrafts. Framed with informative essays and written by the full Onion staff, Our Dumb World is the first original Onion audiobook in eight years: a gut-busting send-up in which no nation escapes unscathed.
©2007 The Onion, Inc; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
As a long time reader of "The Onion" I looked forward to this book and audio book with great anticipation. Like many things you believe will be great before you see them, this falls a bit short. When it's funny, it's oh so funny. I just wish it was funny more of the time.
From the moment I clicked play, I was hooked and didn't press stop until it was completed. This audio atlas takes a shred of truth about history and the world, stretches it like taffy, adds a generous amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and tops it off with no small amount of "just made it up". Every minute is riviting and entertaining. I highly recommend this book to anybody that comes within hearing/reading distance.
I love pretty much everything The Onion makes including this book, but it has to be read in Portions. Its a great book to come back to every now and then but you get the feeling that they spent the biggest effort at the beginning of the book and maybe not so much at the end of it.
But definitely worth a read!!
Admirer of history and biographies.
I was expecting at least a couple of laughs. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was funnier. Apparently a dry delivery of moronic/sophomoric "jokes" is supposed to be funny. For example, when we got to the letter "L" , the narrator repeated the word "lonely" what seemed like forty times. Check, please! I'm outta here!
Very funny to listen to an
Dr. Eustis, noted scholar.
The funny sideways humor.
The section about Russia.
Not for children.
Granted, it's a little slight to use a full credit on, but if you're in need of some brilliantly written satire, Our Dumb World has it in spades. If you dig theonion.com, you'll appreciate the balance between high-minded wit and juvenile (but intelligently juvenile) low blows.
Extremely entertaining for any fans of theonion.com (the authors of this book) If you enjoy their website or you are looking for a humorous view on the world this is for you.
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