Sci-fi odyssey. Comedy. Love story. And of course... Nikola tesla.
I'll let Chip, the main character, tell you more: "I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans. One of these plans was for an "interdimensional transfer apparatus" - that allowed someone (in this case me and my friend Pete) to travel to other versions of the infinite possibilities around us. Crazy, right? But that's just where the crazy starts."
Chip's official disclaimer: This is a work of fiction: the events depicted in the collection of emails did not happen. I have never been in contact with a covert government group attempting to suppress knowledge of the lost journal of Nikola Tesla. I have not been threatened with death if I divulge the secrets contained inside. They did not buy me this handsome jacket (oh crap, you're listening to this - trust me, it looks great on me). They did not come to my place, and liquor me up, and offer to publish this book as a sci-fi comedy novel to throw the public off the trail of the real truth.
Or did they?
I'm kidding. Of course they didn't.
Or did they?
God, I can't keep my big mouth shut.
©2015 Rob Dircks (P)2015 Rob Dircks
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I laughed out loud many times at the hijinks of the two protagonists, Chip and Pete, as they slapsticked their way through the multiverse. Of course, along the way they bump into other versions of themselves, which isn’t a confusing as it could be in the hands of a less competent author. The boys also pine after girls, as only 20-something males of the species can. And although the girls are definitely subordinate to the general buddy vibe, Dircks serves up a thriller that nevertheless has a heart. He handles a complex plot with aplomb and more than proves his scifi bona fides.
The tone of this book actually reminded me a lot of “Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi. There are not that many people out there who can do funny scifi right. I welcome Rob Dircks onto my list of authors I will definitely follow. I would give this book 4-1/2 stars if I could. The only things I would change about this book is to use the word “Dude” a bit less, and have more involvement of the female characters.
[I listened to this as an audio book read by the author, Rob Dircks. Normally, I run the other way when I see the author as performer, but in this case, it works. Mr. Dircks has just the right, light touch and he even gives Tesla a credible Eastern European accent.]
[Disclaimer: The author contacted me and asked me for an honest review of this book. I purchased it on my own, and believe I am providing an unbiased review.]
Rob Dircks' Where the Hell is Tesla? is a light-hearted comedic escapade with the only criticism that it's far too short. Based on the theme of the 80's films, Bill and Ted's whatever or the earlier Hope and Crosby 'on the road' films, two millennial slackers types stumble onto the missing notebook of Nicola Tesla that describes the construction of a transdimensional portal (conveniently located in a NYC hotel closet) leading to an infinity of alternate universes. As they wander about, they encounter varying situations that sometimes include variants of themselves. Their goal is to find Tesla who is being keep prisoner by an evil madman intent on destroying the alternate realities until he can rule the only remaining universe. The tale is related in a series of emails to a girlfriend.
The sci-fi elements are deeply set in the physics realm with alternate realities with all the potential paradoxes handled nicely. In some instances, the boys have near superpower abilities due to different environments. In other cases, they meet vastly more successful versions of themselves. There's a good mixture of bizarre and strange creatures and locals. As expected, their approach and responses to all the strange and unusual happenings is whimsical and offbeat, but they manage to save the day.
The narration is superb with a good range of voices. Most importantly, as a comedy, delivery is critical and comes off with the aplomb of a standup comedian delivering a live show. This is a quick listen due to the nonstop actions and laughs. Caution is advised when listening however, as the jokes are sufficient to cause uncontrolled belly laughs.
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Where the Hell is Tesla? by Rob Dircks follows the antics of Chip and Pete as they travel through the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus, a device designed and created by Nicola Tesla. The Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus acts a portal to parallel universes. Having inadvertently gotten lost, Chip and Pete wander through in the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus and different parallel dimensions trying to figure out how to return to their own universe. Soon they discover that the only way to get back to their own universe is to find and save Nicola Tesla himself from the evil villain, Who, and save the universes.
This novel is hilarious. I was smiling throughout the entire book. It is written entirely as emails from Chip to his ex-girlfriend. At first I wasn’t sure if this would work well. But it was perfect. It really allowed the reader to get to know Chip and Pete, through Chip’s eyes. Ultimately, this isn’t a story to take too seriously. That being said, it was well written, and humor was intelligently incorporated. And the style chosen allowed the reader to see how Chip’s emotions do and don’t change as he and Pete experience this somewhat traumatic adventure. The plot is just so funny. There is a lot of silliness with almost every aspect of the novel. They find an odd creature in the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus and they travel to other dimensions. In these universes, they have all types of adventures, including almost being killed, low gravity, super heroism, and they meet different versions of themselves. I really liked how the different versions of Chip and Pete and how they were so different. It really makes you think about how someone becomes who they are. While Chip’s emails are full of stories about their silly antics, and an ongoing comedic commentary, there are also coping mechanisms for the despair and loneliness that is plaguing him in the Interdimensional Apparatus as he and Pete continue their journey. I also really like all of the other characters in the story and their interactions with Chip and Pete were fun to listen to. The plot doesn’t lag much as a result of the comedic commentary even when there are no real actions being taken. The format of the emails helps with that.
This novel was narrated by Rob Dircks himself and I must say I’m impressed. He did a great job with the delivery with voicing Chip and the other characters through Chip’s voice. I wonder if this is because he wrote the characters and so knows the characters really well. I would like to hear another novel narrated by him. The production quality was also good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes fun, hilarious, science fiction stories.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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I was thinking a lot about how I was going to review this book as I listened. On the one hand, it really is quite entertaining. I smiled a bunch and chuckled a few times. As a result, I don't want to pan it- that wouldn't be fair. But it's also extremely derivative; think John Dies at the End without the original punch. "Bros running through the multiverse getting into shenanigans and swearing a lot". Also reminded me, in gut feeling, of Bill and Ted.
It's also pretty juvenile; I don't mean the extensive profanity (which doesn't bother me at all), but just the outlook on life. Not a waste of time per se, but in all honesty I doubt I would have finished the book if it hadn't been so short. There are just so many other books I want to listen to.
I guess the best way to put it is this: If you have a spare 5 hours and want to revisit what it felt like to think like a teenager with a characature of Tesla thrown in for a basic plot device, while being entertained, go for it.
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
Wow, one of the funniest stories I've listened too this year! I loved the adventures of Chip and Pete! The plot and characters were hilarious! This is one of those stories no matter what type of mood you are in, as soon as you start playing it, you are guaranteed a smile, and a laugh. I'm definitely keeping this story on my iPad for days I need a pick me up or a good laugh.
Not only was the story AWESOME, the narration was PERFECT! I'm skeptical about authors who narrate their own stories (I've heard a few bad ones), but Rob Dirks totally nails it! I know he delivered this story just like he imagined it, and you can hear and feel the passion he has for both the story, and characters. I can't imagine anyone not liking this one!
Absolutely worth a credit and the time!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
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Totally engaged me form chapter 1...this is a great time travel/mystery/scifi/romance!
I laughed out loud so many times and did not want to put it down....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Excellent story captures the essence of Tesla. Chip does a great job as the main character although he does swear a lot (read the book and you will understand)
The story was fast-paced and not predictable at all. The narration was so natural. Tone and cadence reflected what was happening and Tesla's accent was fun too.
Light-hearted, funny, very entertaining. Laughed aloud often.
No, but now I am going to look for more.
I need Bobo closure.
Listened to this on the wife's recommendation. i didn't know what to expect at first, but things quickly take off and you're running right away! This book is just plain fun and I'm looking forward to more from this author!
Nikola Tesla, because he lived up to his real life counterpart and it didn't affect history with the way that the book was written.
Funny humour and inflection
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