Listeners smarting from a recent humiliation can take solace in Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment, a compendium of the biggest blunders in recent history. Some of the wretched ideas listed here will live forever in infamy for their negative example - say, New Coke or Bernie Madoff. Others are rescued from obscurity by authors Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski, like the idea to put record players in Chevy cars, or Cop Rock, the (thankfully) forgotten musical police procedural by the creator of NYPD Blue. Narrator Patrick Lawlor's droll, winking descriptions of the worst that sports, entertainment, and pop culture have to offer is an antidote to a bad day. Those prone to noisy laughter might want to listen to this one in private.
Mistakes so big they seem like fodder for The Onion - but they really happened!
From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure the likes of Dennis Miller’s disastrous run on Monday Night Football, a political one such as John Edwards’ odd decision to run for president while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife, or a technological misstep such as Apple’s Newton OS, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.
Moving from Mariah Carey’s “performance” in Glitter to the Minnesota Vikings decision to trade away their future for an aging Herschel Walker, Worst Ideas Ever offers the real stories behind some of the dumbest things ever done. Whether it was ego (Michael Jordan leaving basketball for baseball), greed (nobody questioning their impossibly high returns when investing with Bernie Madoff) or simple stupidity (Jay Leno moving to 10 p.m.), Worst Ideas Ever brings it all back in hilarious detail.
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idea could be cute, but the putdowns are continuous and somewhat pompous and the narrator delivers the text in such a way that I feel like I'm sitting in a classroom with a grumpy lecturer who is monotone unless being rude
Bad or untimely products are not evil, just poor ideas - that doesn't make them stupid. Stop treating all unsuccessful products like they were stupid ideas
see my previous comments
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is a list of random bad ideas in business, sports and politics with no overarching theme other than them being less than optimal ideas. This book has no point, and a Wikipedia article of the worst ideas ever would be a better, more comprehensive read for free.
Actual investigations into how these decisions were made
This just seemed to be someone complaining about a lot of dumb decisions that were made and did not provide the insight into how/why they were made.
I was looking forward to this book. For some reason I thought this was going to be a historical look at bad ideas.
The little history this book contains is overshadowed by his personal opinions. In some cases it seems that he is happy ______ failed because he doesn't like them.
If he would have left out the personal opinions and stuck to research and facts this would have been more intresting.
These authors are shameless opportunists who are trying to cash in on other people's troubles - and in 20-20 hindsight no less. They cover a wide area of enterprises in which they have no investment, no experience, they were not the risk takers and they paid no price for success or failure. They did not walk the walks that they are marginalizing and all of this claptrap is simply 2 losers trying to profit from someone else's misery.
Most of the stories are irrelevant. If someone tried to succeed and lost money in a venture, the authors seize the opportunity to portray that risk taker and entrepreneur as a stupid loser. Their book is pathetic - their intent is shameful - their presentation is specious - and I strongly recommend to any interested reader - spend your time elsewhere - do not demean yourself to be drawn into this smut.
I do not know how good or bad he is. He appears to deliver this material in the way the authors intended it to be heard. I would hate to judge him based on the substance of this garbage publication.
I would cut out the whole book.
This book tells many stories of people and companies that tried to improve their lot. As the old saying goes: your greatest success is just one step beyond your greatest failure. Failing in a venture is not the same as failing in life. Mistakes can and should be perceived as learning opportunities. This book mocks people who have tried and failed in a venture. But to me - this book reflects the failure of its authors to have attained a proper level of maturity and respect for their fellow human beings.
I thought this book would be funny and light, but it really just made be feel badly for the people with these ideas, and as though I wanted to jump in and defend them. Most often the writing and especially the narrator came across as belittling and condescending rather than commiserating and sympathetic.
The narrator really drips with disdain for these ideas. I thought the tone the writers were going for was more playful and "hey, we've all been there" kind of thing, but the reading came across as "wow, these guys were just complete idiots". Add in the fact that the narrator pronounced "u"s in the old fashioned way (as though it had a "y" before it; imagine "prodyuced" and "introdyuced") and I felt annoyed through most of this book.
Sure. Some of the nostalgia was fun, and I learned a lot more about the background behind some of these famous failures, which was interesting.
It was somewhat interesting although I had to roll my eyes at some of the statements.
(1) There is no question that "New Coke" was a really stupid idea. It is not true that they went back to the original formulation with Coca Cola Classic. They replaced cane sugar with corn syrup.
(2) Any marketing failure is not a "worst idea" ever. All of the new soft drinks that didn't succeed Crystal Pepsi, Pepsi Blue, Coca-Cola BlāK might have been a hit. Which of us can predict the next software drink success? Note: Some of the soft drink products still exist in niche markets, they just don't work everywhere.
(3) The Apple Newton was not a worst idea ever.
(4) Drafting one basketball player over another isn't the worst choice ever unless you have the ability of hindsight.
I could go on and on but why bother. It was worth the 99 cents I paid on the daily deal. If you have to pay more than ninety nine cents, forget it.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
Luckily, this book is fairly short. Lucky also that I have a chapter advance on my Clip player, as I didn't really care for the sports and politics chapters.
Other than that, it had a few funny moments, good for a couple of chuckles at the beginning, but it progressed to being somewhat uninteresting and mean-spirited. I did not care for the tone the narrator took.
A daily deal--easy come, easy go.
This is really just a schadenfreude-istic recounting of some spectacular failures. Some of them are more amusing than others, but I was hoping for more of an exploration of how these ideas originated in concept, moved through execution, and where it all fell apart. Where these actually bad ideas, or decent ideas poorly executed? This book is not at all interested in that question. Enjoy your New Coke, I suppose, but don't expect to learn anything.
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