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

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    "Amazing story and brilliant narration come together in a wonderful slice of history."

    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.

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    "Fantastic book"

    Superb story reader and recording! Recommend also reading Wilipedia article about this book and author.

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    "Great listen!"

    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.

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    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.

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    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 Taumarunui, New Zealand 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 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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