• The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-20-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (610 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 otherworldy 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, writing "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), has created a hero for the century.
©2000 Michael Chabon (P)2000 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Virtuoso Chabon takes intense delight in the practice of his art, and never has his joy been more palpable than in this funny and profound tale of exile, love, and magic." ( Booklist)
"This thoughtful and entertaining work is so well presented by Colacci - even down to the Yiddish accents - that his performance is a truly memorable experience." ( AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Charles Floading on 01-09-09

Great book, lousy abridgment

This is the worst abridgment I've ever heard, and an excellent example of why I usually steer clear of them. It's only a slim exaggeration to say that it seems as if the editor who chopped this book down did it without reading the text. In one sequence, we go from our hero standing by himself to "...stepping away from her..." with no indication of when the "her" walked onto the scene. These sorts of jarring omissions occur every 15 minutes.
Equally frustrating are the times when the book refers back to events that were chopped out. Chabon's writing is so good that you feel genuinely ripped off by the omissions.
From now on I won't buy abridged titles unless they are approved by the author.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Lakeside Listener on 09-05-08

Abridgment didn't work

Michael Chabon's writing has an elegant flow that grabs you and carries you into whatever universe he has created. This abridgment interfered with that flow and simply threw out much of what makes Chabon's writing so distinctive. It's a shame, really, because the book was a very good read a few years ago, while I could still see well enough to read. Wish I could say the same about this abridged audiobook version.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Rubens on 05-28-13

Remains unfinished

This wasn't my cup of tea. I had the book given to me, recommended by a friend. I found it incredibly difficult to persevere with. This has happened before with 'The Picture of Dorian Grey' and I resolved it with buying audio book (I hate to not finish a book) but even that didn't work for me. As such the book remains incomplete and I have no immediate desire to either. The ONLY book ever that I failed to finish. Perhaps I might, one day....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maria Waldron on 04-07-13

Worlds Apart

This was a book that I had read before, but I was enchanted by David Colacci's interpretation of this wonderful tale. With his voice only, he is able to paint the most vivid pictures of a world that I previously knew little about. Chabon has created unusal and fascinating characters and Colacci communicated what is a complex narrative with ease and familiarity. I also loved the way there were some historical events that were paralleled in the story, but given a new perspective. It is a wonderfully warm tale that stays with you long after its completion. The five stars I have given this audio clearly indicates that this is a book and a reading that I would highly recommended.

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