No, never if written by Michael Chabon.
Too much detail about the sex life of Kavalier (hetero) and Clay (homo) ruined for me what otherwise had the potential to be a great story.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I was very disappointed in this book. It received such rave reviews. It started out very strongly with the first 1/4 but then it fizzled. The book should have been a novella. The beginnings of the comic book industry and how comic book stories are conceived was really interesting and exciting. But then the story began to sway from sub story to sub story with no apparent reason. Why was it important to spend so much time on Joe's time in Antarctica and why was there such an emphasis on the dog relationship. It seemed to me that Chabon had made up a story board like they do in comic books and tried to fit them all in to the book. Some parts of the book seemed like it was trying to be a True Romance comic. My overall feeling is that the author was trying to hard to write a really powerful book but just didn't have the story upon which to hang it. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
This book is completely worthy of the
Pulitzer. Incredible plot, amazingly compelling characters and wonderful convergence of symbolism and themes.
Narration among the best I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I will have these memorable characters with me for many years to com.
Very engaging story. It slows down around the third act, but bu then you can't stop listening.
Very well read. The narrator performed the different actors and characters very well. Their choice to go into the comic book book business, something I know nothing about, was great fun to read/hear about.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
The history of comic books was interesting. I enjoyed most of the story, but the graphic gay sex just killed it for me. "The taste of my own anus mixed with his semen...." I'm sorry that was just a little over the top.
Very high. It's an excellent story and an excellent performance.
This comic gets the appeal of superheroes and the intricacies of the comic industry from the late 1930's to the mid 1950's. I'm studying to be a cartoonist at the time of this review and am studying the history of the medium during this era, and this book is spot-on. If I ever wanted to explain the appeal of comics to someone who just doesn't get comics, I would point them to this book. I WILL make both my parents read or listen to this at some point.
ALL of the characters were distinct and interesting. Joe Kavalier was probably my favorite, and he was performed very well.
Reader and long-distance commuter.
I loved the huge story, covering more than a decade, with characters developing throughout. The writing punctured my vocabulary sometimes, but it was no problem. I wish I could discuss this book with a reading group.
As great as the story was, the narration was even better. NEVER have I listened to a better narrator than Colacci. He seemed to have a different voice for each character and each was consistent through the book. Amazing work!
No, it took me about three weeks of lunch-time walking and one long drive.
Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy epic stories.
I liked David Colacci so much I'm now searching for other books narrated by him.
Kavalier and Clay is plot driven but brilliantly written with nuanced characters and a cinematic feel. It should be made into an HBO series.
The story was engrossing and the narration truly brought it to life. I have thought about reading this book for awhile since I really liked another Michael Chabon book, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, but thought I would not find it interesting as I am not into comic books. Not only was that not an issue, it made me want to read comic books. Highly recommend!