Amazing story and brilliant narration combine to tell a story of America in transition with characters you really have to root for and can't forget.
The amazing writing coupled with David Colacci's fantastic performance reading it were more than enough to get me through many of the tedious tasks needed to be performed daily. Also, the voices he did were really impressive!
Being a history buff and comic book fan, this was the perfect book. I highly recommend it.
At first set in the early days of super hero comic books (late 1930's, Joe Kavalier and his cousin Sammy Clay come together from completely different worlds: middle class NY and pre-WWII Prague. They become partners in creating storylines, Sammy writing and Joe illustrating. (one of the more interesting aspects for me was the telling of the backstories of their creations - vividly described and easily visualized). In between the comic book business (and it was a big Business - Joe and Sam were so naïve) we get the individual stories of both Joe and Sam, and other characters, both peripheral and key, which makes this such a rich and involving story. The narrator is ok-not-great, but ok enough that I hung in; it's that good of a story.
Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!
An entertaining book but a bit too long and convoluted. Took a while to get going and didn't really flow well.
The whole thing had a feeling of credibility and I couldn't help believing the characters and situations were genuine. It's a fascinating story, even if it is fiction.