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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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    "Excellent, if overlong"

    Beautiful writing, top-notch narration. It felt longer than necessary and I grew impatient at times, but overall a terrific read and listen.

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    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 01-25-16
    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 01-25-16 Member Since 2011

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    An entertaining book but a bit too long and convoluted. Took a while to get going and didn't really flow well.

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    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.

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    The kind of story you will always think about. Characters that stay with you. One of a kind. Perfection. Enjoy!!!

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    "Amazing story with amazing narration"

    Epic book with well conceived storyline, engaging characters and flawless narration. I loved every word.

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

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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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    "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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    "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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