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Where the Hell is Tesla? Audiobook

Where the Hell is Tesla?: A Novel

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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

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    Cheri 08-11-16
    Cheri 08-11-16 Member Since 2012

    Love to listen to audiobooks!

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    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!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 09-07-15
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 09-07-15 Member Since 2017
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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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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 08-23-15
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 08-23-15 Member Since 2007

    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

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

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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 04-11-16
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 04-11-16 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    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.

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    Tlk 05-12-16
    Tlk 05-12-16
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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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    Jose 03-01-16
    Jose 03-01-16
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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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    Roc mom 12-16-15
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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.

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    Deft 12-21-15
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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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    Farrell 02-27-17
    Farrell 02-27-17

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    Mike From Mesa 01-14-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Where are the adults?"

    Perhaps it is me, but I found this book to be a bit foolish and I kept wondering where the adults were.

    The main character seems childish, immature and unable to deal with the real world. I was put off by the constant stream of profanity and never had the feeling that I could suspend reality enough to actually take part in what was happening. On top of that the characters kept taking chances that I did not feel any real person would take, given the circumstances, and the only person in the book that gave me a sense of being real was Tesla himself.

    The premise provided the opportunity for some clever plot work but I was put off my the idea that Tesla had installed all of those electrical outlets in that infinitely long hall. After all, where did he get all of the wire? The connectors? Where was it all wired to? What was supplying the power?

    Perhaps it has been too long since I was a teenager but I found the whole story just too far out of bounds in spite of what I felt could have been an interesting and intriguing plot. In the end I was left feeling disappointed and let down.

    The narration was well done, but then Mr Dircks had to deal with the story that he wrote.

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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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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