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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Audiobook

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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, they create the Escapist.
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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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    Robin 01-29-15
    Robin 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Magnificent"

    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.

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    Robert Hutton 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Great story; loved every minute! An amazing adventure indeed. I hope Michael writes a sequel so I can find out what happens to Sammy in LA.

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    RealityBuff Carrboro, NC, USA 12-29-14
    RealityBuff Carrboro, NC, USA 12-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What an adventure, and very well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very engaging story. It slows down around the third act, but bu then you can't stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mandatory for anyone interested in comics."
    Where does The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. It's an excellent story and an excellent performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    ALL of the characters were distinct and interesting. Joe Kavalier was probably my favorite, and he was performed very well.


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    Roy Sagle, ID, United States 10-27-14
    Roy Sagle, ID, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Reader and long-distance commuter.

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    "Epic Creative Writing"
    What did you love best about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it took me about three weeks of lunch-time walking and one long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy epic stories.

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    Ladyface 09-27-14
    Ladyface 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite audible listen to date!"
    Where does The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked David Colacci so much I'm now searching for other books narrated by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Kavalier and Clay is plot driven but brilliantly written with nuanced characters and a cinematic feel. It should be made into an HBO series.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-14

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    "The audio equivalent of "couldn't put it down""
    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-25-14
    Margaret SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best books I have ever heard"
    Would you listen to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay again? Why?

    I am certain I will listen to The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay again. All of my long reading life, I have thought that, for the most part, a book worth reading is worth rereading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    The first meeting of the title characters is memorable. Two men in their teens, first cousins but strangers, have an instant rapport with each other and with the reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick one favorite, but the scenes of the early love affair of Joseph Kavalier and Rosa Sachs are beautiful.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and why?

    There are four memorable characters. Three are young adults at the beginning of the story. The fourth is not yet born. He is the offspring of the poignant and powerful relationship among the three.


    Any additional comments?

    Once in a very long while, one finds a novel that settles deeply in the heart and stays there forever. For me, the first one of these was "Little Women." The second was "Huckleberry Finn." As an adult, one such was "Little Big" by John Crowley. Another was "The Children of Violence" series by Doris Lessing. Also the "Canopus in Argos" series by the same writer. I expect "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" will be another one that is with me forever.

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    James 06-09-14
    James 06-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Adventures of a Fantasy Reader."

    Hopefully this gets easier, but I'll preface this review with what I stated in my title. I have read sci-fi/fantasy books almost exclusively. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" was my first full foray into Fiction. That being said, I think this was a great intro book for a person of my "type". It was accessible to me, with it's Comic Book and Magic Trick undertones, yet it introduced me to the mixing of non-fiction and fictional events. Which is obviously common in this genre, but was new to me. I would recommend this book to anyone really. It's a solid listen/read.

    I was surprised by Chabon, probably mostly related to the fact that I'd never read a book outside of the Fantasy genre before, but I found his command of description entrancing. He obviously had a lot of real life elements that he could use to help him, but it was detailed and familiar in it's presentation. A thing wasn't just a thing, it was almost alive the way he presented it, the lamps, the lights, the sky, all of it. It would be what I might expect a detective "noire" to read like.



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    Vivvian Lansky 06-09-14

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    "Colacci’s SO Much Better in Abridged Version!"

    For years I listened to the Abridged version, blissfully unaware that it was abridged. It has been so much my favorite that I have listened to it easily hundreds of times, delighting in David Colacci’s masterful pacing, accents, and just overall verve—a perfect match for the story and characters.

    Then, the other day, I heard a reading on Selected Shorts from the book that I could not place. THIS is from my favorite book? I thought. I went to look it up and, sure enough, I was listening to the abridged version! How thrilled I was to realize there were 16 more hours of magnificent story out there! So excited!

    Well, color me bummed out. All of my favorite things about Colacci’s performance the first time around are just ruined. He’s slow, disconnected from the story, and all the accents are really off. The bottom line is, the humor is missing. Scenes that used to be hilarious between Sammy and Joe are now labored. Joe’s accent has gone from eastern European to straight-up Transylvanian and it’s genuinely annoying.

    So disappointed… heartbroken, really. I’ll continuing slogging through the book, but… I mean, I wonder if the publisher would consider a do-over? This recording sounds like they clonked Colacci over the head and dragged him into the recording booth to make the unabridged version with a gun to his head. I love Colacci and on the strength of the Abridged recording have listened to several other books just because he’s the reader. I know he can do better this and a book as wonderful as this one deserves the best!

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