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Great Men of Genius Series | [Mike Daisey]

Great Men of Genius Series

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.
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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.

The geniuses are, in order of appearance:

  • 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.

    Don't miss more from Mike Daisey.

    ©2006 Mike Daisey; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

  • 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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      I couldn't stop listening! Mike Daisey has a comic delivery very similar to Dane Cook -- I was laughing out loud and even went back a couple of times to hear a story or punchline again... This has become one of my all-time favorite listens!

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      What made the experience of listening to Great Men of Genius Series the most enjoyable?

      I was interested in Nokia Tessler. He was a man before his time because of his research on alternating current supply which had a huge effect on what we use for energy today. He invented the microwave and said we would use microwaves for not just cooking but communicating thus we now digital phones, using microwaves to to break up tummors. I did not have time to read about inventions so I load this in my MP3 and listen to it when I walk every morning.


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      I couldn't get past the author/reader. He was too obnoxious.

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