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.


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 association, he adds himself to the titular category." (Time Out New York)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fantastic Story Telling !

I am deeply disappointed that someone else gave this a two star rating. I myself, when I first started listening, and realized this was a theatrical performance with the performer's own story interwoven in, was at first disappointed. I thought, what the hell is this? I want to hear an accurate biography, not some dummy's performance of some part of Tesla's life. However, as I listened, I discovered that Mike Daisey performance was MAGNIFICENT ! He is enthralling, and fascinating. His stories about his own life (in part) as well as about Nikola Tesla were all extremely well written and performed. I wish I had his story telling ability, as he can keep an audience eagerly waiting to hear what he has to say next. Now, rather than giving him a 1 or 2 star rating as I was considering in the first few minutes when I realized this is not a book, I am wishing I could give more than 5 stars to make up for the other guy (or gal) who may have had my reaction, and instead of listening on, may have quit before he realized how good this was. Definitely buy it, and listen. I'm now doing searches for more of his material, it was great!
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- Elder Statesman Doctor

mistitled book

I thought that I would hearing about the very bright and intelligent Nikola Tesla; instead I heard some smart-mouth comedian trying to be funny. I listened to the whole thing expecting more about Tesla but what a waste of money this one was. This was more about the comedian.
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- Paula Elmer

Book Details

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