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Worst Ideas Ever Audiobook

Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

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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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    Sara 04-28-14
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    "Wears out quickly"

    Dumb ideas and a dumb book about the ideas. Not funny. Not entertaining. Tedious. I'd avoid this one.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Edie Windsor, Ontario Canada 03-11-14
    Edie Windsor, Ontario Canada 03-11-14
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    "Described as a funny laugh out loud book....NOT!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    If I hadn't only paid 99 cents for this book I would have returned it

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 03-10-14
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    "Another Worst Idea Ever"
    What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

    I don't think anything could have improved this book. It was extremely boring and redundant. Mindless gibberish and I'm 'embarrassed' that I wasted my time.


    Has Worst Ideas Ever turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh yes, most definitely. I would reconsider before purchasing another book along these lines. The only saving grace of this book is that it was only .99 cents, which makes this book very self explanatory.


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

    It was completely redundant and I found myself repeatedly uttering "Oh yeah, I remember that. Oh yeah. I remember that, etc...."


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If there were any redeeming 'qualities' in this book, I missed them. It was completely lacking in 'quality'.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness it was only .99 cents and it didn't involve ANY mindfulness.
    You asked.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A 04-09-14
    A 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not impressed"

    I fell asleep while reading this one and didn't even bother to go back to read what I had missed. The stories felt very repetitive and even though I slept through some of the book (not unusually for me), I didn't feel like I had missed anything. I didn't feel like I learned anything that didn't already know. I just was not impressed by this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-12-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Factoids better suited for a bathroom book"

    Dry narration of anecdotal stories of ideas that maybe really weren't as bad as they tried to portray. The New Coke story is predictable and has been worn into a cliché. Other stories are of variable interest, but absolutely nothing laugh-out-loud funny. Not entertaining to listen to, perhaps of mild interest to keep the book in the bathroom to grab a couple of factoids in short sessions.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 04-14-14
    Deep Reader 04-14-14
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    "A list of bad ideas"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Weaver Washington, DC United States 05-12-14
    Andy Weaver Washington, DC United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just complaining"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actual investigations into how these decisions were made


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14
    Ricardo Texas USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Add this one to the list of worst ideas ever."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ari 03-28-14
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    "Stupid and opportunistc"
    What disappointed you about Worst Ideas Ever?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did Patrick Lawlor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Worst Ideas Ever?

    I would cut out the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellie Philadelphia, PA 03-17-14
    ellie Philadelphia, PA 03-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly condescending"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski and/or Patrick Lawlor?

    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.


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

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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