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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • JM
  • 04-03-14

This book was okay at best.

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.

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This book was a bad idea

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Just not my type of book

What do you think your next listen will be?

The power of positive thinking

What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

Tried too hard to make boring subject sensational

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness - another poke at people who are at least trying to do well.

Any additional comments?

If you've never made a mistake, this is the book for you!

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Bad ideas on center stage

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.

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Great quick read

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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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  • Dave
  • FONTANA, CA, United States
  • 03-20-14

Waste

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Waste of time....all opinions, many chapters relating to sports. Even at the deal of the day not worth your time listening

Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor’s performances?

no,,,,a tad "Dry"

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment,,,,

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Funny, but definitely not original

What did you like best about Worst Ideas Ever? What did you like least?

The book is funny, the narrator has a way to make the worst ideas the world has ever created. On the other hand there is nothing original about the book. I have already seen a lot of stuff in this book on TV. The author just made it in written form. But on TV was more fun.

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Not very good

What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

More better bad ideas.

What was most disappointing about Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski ’s story?

After a few amusing stories it went downhill fast.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite, I confess, was that the guy who invented the Segway rode his own off a cliff.

What character would you cut from Worst Ideas Ever?

The bad movies had, inherently, the potential to go on forever, which I started to be afraid it would

Any additional comments?

This was meant to be some light fare between real books, but it was too dull to listen to another minute.

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  • TM
  • 03-13-14

Short, Trashy, but Amusing in Places

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I got this on the daily sale for very little money, so it was a low risk gamble.<br/><br/>There were some amusing stories and it was kinda fun to listen to while I did household chores, but it mostly covered events in American pop culture, which most of the western world is already familiar with.<br/><br/>The research seemed to extended only so far as what the author could think of off the top of his head in a single stream of consciousness. For example, many are about related movies and then related sports events.<br/><br/>Cerebral this aint. Mildly amusing when it was on sale? Sure.

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  • Jay
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 03-12-14

Lame humour. Poorly researched.

I bought this book because I thought it was be a fun light hearted read that would get a few laughs out of me. It didn't. It's not funny at all really... and it's poorly researched. It's like a 3 hour rant about nothing.

Honestly, unless you paid 99 cents for it like so many of us did, there's really no reason to purchase this.

This book should be on its own list of terrible ideas. Hah!

Crap! I guess they DID get a laugh out of me!

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  • William
  • Gustine, CA, United States
  • 03-10-14

Worst Book Ever

Brings nothing new to the any of the truly bad ideas and throws in a few that aren't even really that bad. The narration is decent but can't save this truly bad book.