Great Men of Genius, Part 3

  • by Mike Daisey
  • Narrated by Mike Daisey
  • 1 hrs and 27 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Monologist Mike Daisey presents a dazzling new work: four "bio-logues" about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard. Over four nights Daisey explores the nature of genius and wrestles with the pride, insanity, and chauvinism that bind these men together, and reveals how the heights and depths of their gifts have much to teach us about ourselves. Each evening is unique and can be listened to independently, but all four together form an epic oral accounting of triumph and folly told with Daisey's dark and hilarious intensity.Nikola Tesla was a mad genius, brilliant scientist, and visionary who sparred with Thomas Edison and died insane and penniless writing love sonnets to pigeons - after bringing the world electricity as we know it.

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What the Critics Say

"Daisey is a master showman, combining the storytelling acumen of David Sedaris and Lewis Black's outraged humor." (Daily Californian)
"Mike Daisey's monologues brim with subtle messages that never hammer you over the head...by association, he adds himself to the titular category." (Time Out New York)

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Mildly Funny.

I bought this expecting a mildly humorous monologue of the life and times of Nikola Tesla. It is but an hour long stand up routine on the life and times of Mike Daisey. There is precious little here about Tesla himself. On balance, I don't recommend spending an hour listening to this file.
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- D. Schama

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios