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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

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Meet the Creators

Stan Lee was known to the world as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the entertainment industry. His co-creations included Spider-Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and hundreds of others. Lee continued to serve as Marvel Entertainment’s Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018. Lee was also the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion and attorney Arthur Lieberman.In Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, Lee chose the immersive medium of audio to share one of his latest universes and casts of superheroes. His trademark mastery of creating both engaging and provocative story lines is on full display as he and his co-creators developed a fascinating new world to explore that deftly comments on our own.

Meet the Creators

Academy Award winning filmmaker Ryan Silbertis a writer, producer, author, and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform entertainment company with a global focus on storytelling. Silbert’s next project is Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an original, first-of-its kind audio storytelling event produced by Amazon’s Audible Studios and starring Yara Shahidi. Created by Silbert, Luke Lieberman, and Stan Lee in the late cultural icon’s final collaboration, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light will debut on June 27th as an Audible Original. With work recognized by the Academy Awards, the Canadian Academy of Film & Television, Sundance, and the Berlinale, Silbert’s repertoire includes such films as the Academy Award winning God of Love and Spike Lee’s The Girls in Trouble. Silbert is currently in development on television, film, and immersive narratives projects created specifically for audio platforms.

Meet the Creators

Luke Lieberman started his career working for the legend, who mentored him in the art of storytelling. He left Stan's employ to relaunch the Red Sonja comic book franchise, which has published over 300 issues and 60 graphic novels, and where he serves as licencor and executive editor to this day. Luke also practices intellectual property and entertainment law at Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman of Los Angeles. His current projects include writingthis year’s Red Sonja: Birth of a She-Devil mini-series for Dynamite Entertainment, executive producing the Red Sonja feature motion picture, and co-creating Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, an innovative audio experience from Audible Studios and performed by Yara Shahidi, with Ryan Silbert, and Stan "The Man" Lee himself.

Meet the Creators

Kat Rosenfield is an Edgar-nominated author and pop culture journalist with a gift for reporting on digital-age dramas from the place where art and politics intersect. In 2018, Kat was tapped to co-author Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, with icon Stan Lee. She previously authored two young adult novels, the Edgar-nominated Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone (2012) and Inland (2014). Kat began her career in journalism at MTV News, reporting on TV, film, books, and young Hollywood culture. Her work includes critical essays for Playboy, TV recapping for Entertainment Weekly, and live-blogging the 2016 US presidential debates and election results for Us Weekly. Her more recent work as a freelance journalist includes seminal reporting on controversies within the young adult publishing community. Rosenfield is a co-host of the Feminine Chaos podcast on Bloggingheads.tv and a contributing editor at Tablet.

Meet the Narrator

Actress, model, activist, and youth speaker Yara Shahidi is quickly emerging as a generational voice able to captivate and inspire audiences both on-and off-screen. With a combination of raw talent, authenticity, and passion for projects of substance, Shahidi’s narration of Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light adds another distinct level of depth and sophistication to this visionary work. Best known for her breakout television work in Black-ish and Grown-ish, she most recently starred in the 2019 film The Sun Is Also a Star. Shahidi was a recipient of the "Generation Next" award at the 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood event and is intimately involved in various educational and social initiatives. Among them, Eighteen x 18, founded by Shahidi to encourage voter turnout, and Yara’s Club, a partnered venture with the Young Women’s Leadership Network of New York, focused on education.

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An interesting new story. I look forward to more!

Overall I loved it. It felt like a fresh Sci-Fi story. I wasn't very fond of the narrator. She used the same voice for each character which typically lacked any emotion. Weather a character was sad, angry or excited she made them sound as if they were all super calm and relaxed. Even if a character were to scream she barely rose her voice. I think the story could have been much more immersive if character voices were spoken with more personality.

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Great mixture of Sci-Fi and hyperrealism

With technology growing ever more reliant on society we see how far man kind has gone in the future, as well as what we lost. With the two protagonists showing how anyone or anything can develop human behavior and try and fix the world they live in, it is not hard to imagine our world turning ever closer to theirs. And more so, the failures it brings.

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Riveting Adventure

This story was an amazing experience. It has a sci-fi, Ready Player One/Matrix/X-men feel to it. It was exciting and hard to find a good stopping place to continue with reality. The introduction by Stan Lee was fun and beautiful and really got me pumped for the story to begin. Highly recommend!

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Wonderful! Can't wait for more

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light has it all: super heroes, unwilling sidekicks, vengeful aliens, secretive organizations and tech gone haywire. The audio book begins with an intro from Stan Lee which was beautiful to listen to his thoughts on the story to come. The story is an origin story of sorts as it develops the characters of Cameron, Nia and Juaquo. Cameron has an unusual accident which leaves him with cybertech abilities. The twists are somewhat unusual but keep it interesting. There are aspects of the story that remind me of Enders Game, Ready Player One, and Terminator. The ending is obviously left open since they have plans for more, but wraps up enough to be satisfying. While Yara Shahidi performs the audiobook wonderfully, it took me a bit to get into it since the main character is a Cameron and a majority of the story is from his perspective.

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  • 07-03-19

About the narrator....

I'm not writing a review on the book (which I've given 5 stars)

Just wanted to address other reviewers comments about the narration speed. I initially found the narration slow-paced. When I switched the speed to 1.25x it was perfect.


So, at 1.25x speed, I LOVED the narrator. Perfect voice for this book. Well done.

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I just can't get into it.

I love the Marvel Comics Universe. I love the books, the games, and of course the movies. This audiobook however, let's me down. I want to like it, but it just drags on without going anywhere. I'm hours into it, and just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry, Stan! Please forgive me!

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Loved this audible

Stan Lee dis an amazing job with this one. I'm in high hopes that another book would release and even a movie!! Again, amazing job!

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A great farewell from Stan Lee

A fantastic story for Mr. Lee’s last book. I would encourage folks to read or listen to it.

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Good stuff

Awsome!! Great story. Great performance. If you like underdog super heroes this book is for you.

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story is ok, but the narrator is very monotone.

the story is ok. nothing is that big of a surprise, but it is ok.

my main problem is the narrator is really monotone. if you preview the book and are ok with the narrator, you will probably be ok with the story.

one thing I absolutely despised about this production was the music between the chapters and at various parts of the book. Honestly I will return any book I run into that does this. the music adds nothing, it only serves to pull you out of the story and I really hated it.

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  • RStreet
  • 07-11-19

A disappointing & predictable story

I had high hopes for this book as it seemed like a really interesting concept, but the story is disappointing, predictable and bland.
The narration doesn’t help and is very monotonous. Not helped by jarring editing, in particular the words “Juaquo says” have been recorded once and pop in in a different tone of voice from the narration.

Overall, not a book I would listen to again, and it leaves me with no interest in following the story into subsequent books in the series.

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  • Ant's Reviews
  • 07-09-19

A good story made cringe-worthy

I don't often leave bad reviews but I'm struggling to listen to this story with this narration. I can't but visualise this being read from the book with such little feeling and variation and tone. A very bad choice of reader, in my opinion, to the point where I am finding it too poor and cringe worthy to continue listening.
Update... well I finished it... a labour of love and a testament to the storyline being good enough to withstand the appalling narration. She reads what the characters say well enough, but the rest of the storyline is intoned in a childish word by word way that makes you think her finger was pointing below the text and has no ability to scan ahead as she reads...

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  • Greg
  • 07-04-19

so good, now wheres book 2?

so great, so well written too
great to hear stans voice again
need book 2 now though

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  • sam
  • 07-01-19

Good but one problem

The story was good but the narrator let it down. Her voice felt flat, like her heart wasn’t in it.

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  • Toni
  • 07-05-19

Great, thought-provoking start

4.75 Stars

While this has some similarities to other stories I have read this has genuinely interesting characters that I cared about, an engrossing plot that caused me to listen to it in one sitting and until well after midnight. As well as that it was a plot that made me think about how we depend upon and use technology in the real world too. The narration was good too.

I really hope they decide to carry on releasing what Stan Lee has been working on prior to his death as I for one want to find out what happens next.

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  • Jkwright
  • 09-17-19

Nothing special

Normally Stan Lee is full of surprises, but this left me wanting from the get go. The character development felt very recycled and the plot was so well signposted that any surprises became obvious..
Save your credits and listen to a podcast

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  • Stevie Clark
  • 09-10-19

Rubbish narration

The storyline was good enough but the narration was very poor, especially when compared to other books I’ve listened too. In the end I gave up about 90 mins from the end and started listening to something else! Unfortunately the narration can make or break a book and in this case it’s a big thumbs down.

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  • Abigail S.
  • 09-07-19

Exceptional

honestly such an exceptional story and narrated so well too. Definetly worth the listen, I highly recommend.

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  • Pietro Vidor Viecelli
  • 08-30-19

Interesting story with poor performance

The story is pretty interesting and relevant to our current day and age.
The narrator in other hand was sub par to this kind of production. There are incredible voice actors out there that would have made the story come to life in an even better way!

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  • xxanime-otakuxx
  • 08-29-19

Overall entertaining

Read about this book online, and as a fan of marvel films, decided to listen to it, as my first audio book. I loved it. The music during the intense bits, and the sound effects really added to the feel. The fact that I was looking for opportunities to listen to it shows how much I enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-19

must listen

A must listen, bring on book two. worth listening to the intro alone . 5 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

addictive!

Loved the story from start to finish. It was such a captivating and addictive story, very hard to put down once you've started. The narrstor and creativeness of the story really takes you into a whole other world. It very easily paints the images into your mind. Will definitely listen to this again. Stan Lee, you have touched and inspired so many minds. you never fail to impress me! Rest In Peace Stan Lee ❤

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  • Lisa
  • 07-04-19

An action superhero movie in a book.

A great story, in line with dc and marvel. A little more modern in content- although it does feel like some of the ideas have been pulled from ready player one and iboy. Still it is fun and although I had an initial short annoyance to the readers voice, by the end of the book I really loved it. It also took some getting used to the score which pops up in the action scenes. Good, fun read..

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  • Stuart Richardson
  • 07-10-19

Quite a good story, but...

would have liked to have had more than just one narrator. Found voice to be quite annoying at times.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-11-19

Entertaining story without the theatre

An entertaining story full of stereotypical tropes which have been woven into a nice popcorn entertainment piece. There are deeper themes but it's not at the level of other YA fiction works or quite at the level of the MCU and other superhero narratives.

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