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.
©2011 Daniel B. Kline and Jason Tomaszewski (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This was an intriguing view of products that have failed for various reasons. What I found especially fascinating was the number of big companies that have come out with flops despite who knows how many dollars spent on R&D and market research. Each "idea" is covered in only a few minutes so the book is easy to stop and start. I thought the narration was excellent.
My only criticism is over the few political "ideas" which seemed out of place and revealed the author's bias. I always find these unexpected political homilies an unwelcome surprise; like biting down on a piece of broccoli in a mouthful of chocolate cake.
Really felt like this book was a waste of my audible credits. nothing more than a series of random short blurbs that provided the reader with only a minor understanding of what lead to the bad decision. Really nothing more than "bathroom reader" blurbs.
Not sure, will decide in the next ten minutes.
easy to listen too.
Yes. The quality and tone of the narrator really adds to the humour of the book.
The fact that each and every one of these "ideas" is true, and have been perpetrated on the American public and the world!
There are too many great ones to choose a favourite!
Yes! It's so funny!
I certainly hope that the authors do a follow-up to this, as there have been another book full's worth of "worst ideas ever" unleashed since the 2011 release date!
reader who hates the new look of the webpage (which has stayed really bad)
This is a People Magazine E! channel-type book. Not really for thinkers but kinda fun anyway. The language is often too over the top, but what do expect? I do like the few occasions when the author attempts to delve a little deeper to show, in his opinion, why something was an incredibly bad idea and had no hope for success (the Newton- which I always just thought of as an early-for-its-time pioneer). I
Its worth the 99 cents you pay for it but not really a penny more
This book is, as to be expected, a list of anecdotes and silly stories regarding bad ideas in several aspects. It can't be expected to be a deep book.
I was personally expecting this sort of book as I do enjoy them but you gotta keep in mind it is more of a time filler.
Also, not to quote the information provided as actual facts as many (MANY) of them are either false or exaggerated.
Patrick Lawlor provides an enthusiastic performance and one can almost imagine the difficulty in keeping a straight face for some of these tales.
This isn't a book with pretensions. You're listening to the documented public fumbles of politicians, company executives, sports stars, etc. Have the little thrill of "well I may have done something dumb, but at least it wasn't THAT!"
You know the time you were face to face with that really hot guy you'd been wanting to introduce yourself to, and you forgot your own name, thus completely humiliating yourself? Or that day you decided to sashay to the front door and meet your significant other in you birthday suit, only to find the meter reader instead? Well, at least your embarrassment was not international news, causing large scale destruction, costing millions of dollars and living on for eternity in archives and on the internet!
Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
I got this book for 99 cents through an Audible promotion. It was worth that much. Had I payed more, I might have been annoyed by what could have been an excellent book. The topic was very well researched in some areas and apparently guessed at in others. The humorous tone, whether a result of the performance or the writing, quickly devolves into snark, causing the suppositions offered in some of the anecdotes to sound like opinion...the kind some people repeat to make them selves sound smarter. If you are looking for well told, well rounded stories of some of society, culture and business's biggest missteps...Keep looking. If what you are looking for is the literary equivalent of pointing at people on the street and calling them dumb, this is your book...if you get it on sale.
Just not my type of book
The power of positive thinking
Tried too hard to make boring subject sensational
Sadness - another poke at people who are at least trying to do well.
If you've never made a mistake, this is the book for you!
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
A quick look at everything from Jordan leaving Basket Ball in his prime to try his luck in a sport he never had excelled in, to New Coke, to Governor Sanford's mythical hike on the Appalachian trail. The quick hitting format doesn't go very deep into the reasoning behind the in hind sight bad decisions but still it is a an interesting look at very public example where reason has failed big.
I actually liked this book. I am a trivia fan by heart and like the old retro products that never made it. I found myself googling the failed ideas after the chapters. Great value for the money.
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