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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"★★★★★ This novel is hilarious. I was smiling throughout the entire book.” (AudiobookReviewer.com)

"Hilarious time-travel odyssey” (Kirkus Reviews Magazine, June 2017)

“So many legitimate laugh-out-loud moments, and such an original idea and voice. Great read!” (Dan Bova, Entrepreneur.com)

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Had A Blast Listening To This One!


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!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • carmen
  • OFallon, MO, United States
  • 04-11-16

Great adventure story

I like to get my geek on with alternative universes involving historical characters. This fits the bill. This was in my wish list for a long time and I am sorry about that because it was an enjoyable adventure about alternate universes. I don't like comparing with other other authors but it was a cross between the excitement of Peter Clines and the heart of John Scalzi. Not quite there yet, but enough to be really enjoyable. The only thing that might put it over the top is if Wil Wheaton would have narrated. The author did a good job it's just these are the kind of characters Wheaton really embodies.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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You Need This Book

Witty, well written, and completely enchanting. Dricks balances mad-cap crazy with a sincerely and honesty that tire the story together. The realistic characters (including a furry alien) are endearing and grounded as they navigate a multiverse. I was sad to say goodbye when it ended. A very special book and the author's narration is fantastic. Listen. Listen now.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Comedic romp in the multiverse with Nicola

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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very creative but fragmented in continuity, too much swearing and dude it's PETE AND I....

47 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Interesting and funny

The format (as emails) was a refreshing honest perspective into the main character. He does curse a lot. It's science meets comedy.

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Funny with a little bit of cheese

Hilarious book. Really enjoyed listening to it at work. Will most definitely listen to it again.

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cute, cheesy, and wonderfully done!

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!

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Absolutely hilarious

On his first day as a security guard for the FBI, Chip Collins finds a lost journal of Nikola Tesla, where there is an explanation about one of his inventions, unknown to the world: The Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus. Chip and his friend Pete decide to see how the ITA works, but get lost in it. Only Tesla will be able to help them, but first they will need to rescue Tesla.

After loving The Wrong Unit I had to listen to this one too. I really like Dircks style, and although he is not a profesional narrator (as far as I know he just narrated his own books), he has great narration and audio production skills.

This is kind of an epistolary novel, each chapter is an email from Chip to his ex-girlfriend Julie, where he explain the latest events and also tries to make amends to try to gain her heart again. Chip is one of those people who just appreciates what he is lost when it is too late and things get ugly. I am forgiving him because he is totally hilarious, and deep down he has a good heart.

I was very curious about how Tesla was going to be portrayed and used as a character in the novel, since he is a very interesting historical character, really unappreciated but very important nonetheless. Just let me tell you that if you are expecting something real about Tesla, you will not find in in this book. Tesla is just used as a forgotten genius with quite some great inventions under his belt, a visionary, who spent his last years forgotten and broke. He might as well have created something like the ITA and then fallen into oblivion.

I laughed out loud listening to this book, but I have to say that I expecting something more. It could be that I tend to dislike when authors abuse of Deus ex Machina, and there is a lot of it here (it's even mentioned in the text). The book was all the time ridiculously funny, but with time that got old (for me, at least). The concept of the ITA and the infinite hall was very graphic, but the rules about combinations and other stuff were quite arbitrary and it seemed that changed depending on what was needed at the moment.

Rob Dircks did a great job narrating this book, and it amazes me that he does not do this professionally. He delivered different voices for all the characters, even using a different accent for Tesla. Everything is done in a subtle way, and the audio production is spotless.

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In a word , phenomenal.

Fun story , great adventure.
Terrific narration and very funny.
Wonder why this has not been made into a movie.
Tesla!

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  • Emily
  • 09-17-16

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Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Hell is Tesla? to be better than the print version?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What does Rob Dircks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Funny humour and inflection

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  • Justin
  • 11-25-17

micro chip lol a cosm of multi dimensions... awe

awesome across the board. Great stories and real higher trruth undertones.one of my favs in a good while for some reason i started with blue juice first which is as good . evolve life aka paradox

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  • vasi
  • 05-19-17

Great!

Great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great.
It is really great and should get it.

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  • Bernadette Johnstone
  • 01-07-16

Laugh out loud funny - I want a BoBo now!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a surprising delight to me as someone who only dips a toe into the sci-fi genre. Rob Dirks does a sterling job of reading this and kept me fully entertained through the whole book. Great characters and a good concept - I've already bought this for a friend via audible and I'm keen to share it with more people.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Where the Hell is Tesla??

Without giving the story away it was when BoBo changed

What does Rob Dircks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a great style and his tone really draws you in - I had many laugh out loud moments listening to this in the car and I'm sure other passing drivers thought I was a bit nuts.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too hard to say without giving anything away

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for him to produce another book - love his imagination and narration.