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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Audiobook
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Written by: 
Michael Chabon
Narrated by: 
David Colacci
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Audiobook

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2001

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.

Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and the otherworldly Mistress of the Night, Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. The golden age of comic books has begun, even as the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a stunning novel of endless comic invention and unforgettable characters, written in the exhilarating prose that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to Cheever and Nabokov. In Joe Kavalier, Chabon has created a hero for the century.

©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Michael Chabon can write like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader with their beauty and their style." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-15-15
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "The best narration I've ever heard"

    This was possibly a perfect narration performance. I'm so impressed with the quality of this audiobook.

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    Pietro Stafford, VA, United States 09-25-15
    Pietro Stafford, VA, United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this book!!"

    What a great, great story! Michael Chabon is a gifted writer. One of the finest woks of modern literature read in years.

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    cpip 08-08-15
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    "fun and seemingly true to the era it represents"

    a little bit too 'happily ever after' but still worth the listen! go for it

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    S. Arce Ojai, CA United States 07-23-15
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    "Worth having waited to read this"

    For some reason it took me a long time to read anything by Michael Chabon. In the last few months I have listened to both Telegraph Avenue and Kavalier and Clay and I could not be more pleased. The detail and research that has gone into these books is evident and the result is s lively representation of time and place..
    This book covers the heartbreak of World War II in Europe, the struggle to assimilate into American culture, and the effects of censorship in the early 1950s.
    The narrator did a fine job with the accents and the story, although long, takes the reader on quite a remarkable journey.

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    "A very touching and detailed story of two cousins during pre- & post WWII"

    Great book even if you don't like comic books. At its core, it is about being Jewish and/ or gay during the 1930s & 1950s; however, it is simply a compelling story of the tragedy of lost love (and sometime found again).

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    isabelle 06-21-15
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    "Phenomenal all around!"

    There's a reason this won the Pulitzer. The gorgeous language of Chabon, the intricate, detailed storytelling; the spot-on narration, inclusive of colloquial accents, all lend themselves to such an unforgettable experience that I need to listen to this a second time, immediately. Don't miss this gem.

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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 03-18-15
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Kav & Clay"

    An amazing adventure indeed. The most beautifully written book I have read in a long time. The narration wonderful for audio. Tugs at your heart all the time. Timeless themes of love, sacrifice, loss and overcoming are beautifully woven into this tale of two cousins.

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    LaRay Spencer Pittsburg, CA United States 03-04-15
    LaRay Spencer Pittsburg, CA United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenominal"

    Beautifully told and acted, I found myself longing to support the characters in their plight. Tears, joy and happiness and hopefulness come to life in this amazing tale. I couldn't help myself from buying a comic book at the end.

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    Amazon Customer socal 02-27-15
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    "for the comic book intelligentsia"

    for the thinker, comic book reader who enjoys a well turned phrase and could not help but speculate on the nature of the hero's tight costumes and sidekick/ward, this is the book for you.
    if you were bothered by the disjoint stories and therefore never really latched on to comics, perhaps not.
    interesting parallels between golden age comics/romance and this art form.
    excellent reader

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    Shane 02-23-15
    Shane 02-23-15
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    "Fantastic book!"

    The narrator was a bit slow so I ended up listening to him on 1.25x speed, but he did a fantastic job besides that. Great story and wonderful prose.

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