Great Men of Genius Series
- Narrated by: Mike Daisey
- Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-08-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Bertolt Brecht - playwright, poet, lover of women, and certifiable cad who escaped Nazi Germany, sympathized with the Communists, failed in Hollywood, was persecuted by McCarthy, and redefined world theater.
P.T. Barnum - gifted entrepreneur, showman, raconteur, hoaxster, freakshow and circus promoter who changed the face of 19th century America through blatant, shameless lying.
Nikola Tesla - 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.
L. Ron Hubbard - bigamist, occultist, and charismatic science fiction author-turned-guru who took 1950s popular psychiatry by storm and went on to create the Church of Scientology: the most celebrity-driven and litigious organization on Earth.
"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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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Jorgen on 06-09-15
Exploding, hilarious, scaring and bit unsettling!
Certainly an extremely gifted storyteller. I'm nailed to the chair, partly nervous - because anything unexpected comes purging out of this massive man - and at the same time completely mesmerized by his words, especially how he uses his voice in sending the words towards me at tremendous speed and a massive power, which resembles violence.
Still I need to stay and listen intensely to every frase, every word - because everything embodied so rich meaning and understanding of what the real world and the (crazy) people placed in it.
It makes me think... and wonder ... for days ...
Recommended very high ! Enjoy, wonder and return a little bit richer and wiser.
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By Diane on 23-03-10
This performance is funny, interesting, and unusual - a must hear!
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By Sudi on 07-06-15
Dear Mr. Daisy,
Why did you decide to do a mash-up of vague biographies of "men of genius" and your own memoirs?
Shouldn't you do one or the other?
I would have liked that better.
Also, you need to do a little more research on the geniuses lives. Perhaps unearth some little known fact that the average History Channel viewer (me,) wouldn't have picked up in their various TV viewings or in their travels through a public library or bookstore. (I do that, too. Travel, that is. Through libraries and bookstores.)
You do have a lot of energy in your readings and applied to your performance. For that, I give you credit but also a bit of advice; Tone it DOWN. TOO MUCH SHOUTING and then weird softer modulation IS VERY ANNOYING. (Sorta like what I just did with those caps, right?)
I have a feeling that you will find a real voice if you get your objectives clarified about what you mean to relate in your monologues. Although I might be wrong in saying you may never end up in someone else's book about men of genius, you are obviously not a dumb guy and you do have a talent for stringing words together. You just need to get them to say something coherently.
P.S. I did get a slight whiff of a Garrison Keillor type homage in your presentation. Please don't do that. He got creepier and creepier as he aged. You'll want to avoid that.
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