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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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    E.J. 09-08-16
    E.J. 09-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't need social-engineering"

    For whatever reason, probably PC baggage, some authors think their stories need homosexual underpinnings to be "good." Chabon and Kavalier & Clay is one such. A potentially excellent story becomes ordinary or even offensive when abherrent behavior is stuffed down the reader's throat as normal or praise-worthy. Keep the social-engineering in public schools where it's already proven to be wanting.

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    Mathew Brooks Fredericksburg, Virginia 08-28-16
    Mathew Brooks Fredericksburg, Virginia 08-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect"

    Simply put: this is the best book I've ever 'read.' Definitely deserved the Pulitzer Prize.

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    Stephen Brian Austin 08-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much profanity"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book starts out very well, but degenerates into a story where most the characters are cretin-like and foul-mouthed. The American characters all talk with a Brooklyn accent and appear to have an i.q. of room temperature. None of them are very likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great beginning


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not sure if it was written so that all the Americans have a heavy Brooklyn accent, or if the narrator simply chose to narrate that way.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good story.


    Any additional comments?

    I quit about halfway through. Way too many F bombs and other profanity, and none of the characters were very likable.

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    Obblackhand 07-24-16
    Obblackhand 07-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fold after fold after fold"

    This novel takes every scrap of information, every kernel of plot, and folds it back into itself. Nothing is wasted, and every thematic element has a prismatic effect on the narrative, letting you see these characters from every angle.

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    Gilbert Gilbert 07-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Fantastic Read"
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    The story is well paced and it really makes you feel like you've traveled a long distance. You will find that you become best friends with the main characters. Colacci did an amazing job. Check the preview clip out. This guy just hammers out a read like none other.

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-03-16
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Long book, short review"

    I enjoyed this book. It tackled interesting topics (e.g., [spoiler alert] the rise of comic books, being Jewish, and being gay) in a work of historical fiction taking place mostly in New York City and mostly during the 1940s and 50s in an appealing way. I liked the characters, the writing, and the narration.

    That said, it didn't strike me as being on par with the other Pulitzer Prize winning fiction I've read. I'm deducting one star from my rating for that.

    But I'd still recommend it as an enjoyable read.

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    Lili S Rodriguez 06-20-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Didn't want it to end. Wonderful"
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    I hadn't realized before I listened that this book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- a prize that, in my opinion, is well deserved. A captivating story, masterfully woven, that tells a tale spanning the period from WWII through the early 1950's. David Colacci does an excellent job of narration, even if he does (as another reviewer pointed out) pronounce some Yiddish words strangely -- or at least not as my Polish & Russian Jewish family pronounced them. A very minor quibble. Highly recommended.

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    staceystiles Gainesville, FL, US 06-15-16
    staceystiles Gainesville, FL, US 06-15-16 Member Since 2016

    Archaeology student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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    "Enjoyed this book more than I expected to!"

    Going through HuffPo's 30 before you're 30 and wasn't excited for this at all. Great.

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    Henry F. Sherrod III 06-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a joy! And worth the effort."

    My teenage son, who is into comic books, and I both listened to this book at the same time. At 26 hours, this book is a more substantial committnent than I have ever made to any pleasure book in decades, but this book was worth the effort. Clearly well-researched, with compelling story lines, vivid descriptions, and interesting characters (both fictional and historical), this book gave us the joy of escape with a dollop or two of history (comic books, WWII, surrealism). I think my next book may be a deeper dive into this historical period.

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    Tomer 06-10-16
    Tomer 06-10-16
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    "marvelous"

    a fascinating magic journey to occupied Prgue, cartooned NY and blizzarding Alska. Enjoyed every minute.

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