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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samantha Hunt Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Invention of Everything Else is a luminous imagining of an unlikely friendship between the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla, and a young hotel chambermaid, Louisa, who is obsessed with radio dramas and the secret lives of the hotel guests. Louisa first catches sight of the hotel’s most famous resident on New Year’s Day, 1943, and is determined to befriend the strange man. As they share their mutual affinity for pigeons, Louisa begins to piece together Tesla’s extraordinary story of life as an immigrant and visionary genius. Meanwhile, faced with her father’s imminent departure in a time machine, as well as the unsettling arrival of Arthur, a mysterious mechanic (perhaps from the future), Louisa begins to suspect that she has understood something about the relationship of love and invention that Tesla, for all his brilliance, never did.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hunt had her heart in the right place with this book…her highest concerns are with wonder and love, with questions of survival.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Lucky for us that Samantha Hunt, in her highly imaginative second novel…is as obsessed as a writer can be about Tesla. We’re made aware of this in the book’s stunning opening pages, which take off in a voice finely crafted to carry Hunt’s history-steeped tale.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Whimsical…offers surprising depth…Gavin delivers both characters with seamless transitions, not to mention charm.”


  • “Peppered with literary quotations, historical figures, and subtle eroticism, this book will please readers who enjoy experimentation and uncertainty in both their fiction choices and their worldview. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Oddly charming and pleasantly peculiar, Hunt’s novel offers a unique perspective on hope and imagining life’s possibilities.”


  • “There’s much food for thought here and some very beautiful prose.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A February2008Book Sense Pick by the American Booksellers Association
  • Shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marla | 2/18/2014

    " Only finished it because it was a book club book. Enough said "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by icedtea | 2/2/2014

    " I knew nothing of Nikola Tesla prior to reading this, but the author does a great job weaving in fact to fiction. I enjoyed all the details about New York city and the huge Hotel New Yorker complex. An interesting mix of science, fantasy, and history with a bit of romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 1/30/2014

    " A imaginitive story about Nicola Tesla. A bit fantastic but really quite fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan Kellis | 1/29/2014

    " Intriguing look at Nikola Tesla and his contribution to our technological advances and way of life. This is a novelized account of Tesla's last days, but his character is based on his real life. I wish he'd been revered as the genius he really was. "

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