Great Men of Genius, Part 1

  • by Mike Daisey
  • Narrated by Mike Daisey
  • 1 hrs and 18 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.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.

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What the Critics Say

"He is a mesmerizing performer who spins words into comic and emotional gold, revealing as much about himself as the subjects he is discussing." (Oakland Tribune)
"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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Book Details

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