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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Chabon Narrator: Andre Braugher Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring-do and larger-than-life heroes of classic comic books. Now, once more mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures–from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories–in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff-hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade’s most tantalizing tales.

They’re an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can–as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they’ve left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.

None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill-tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne. But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado . . . not to mention an army. Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former. But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full-scale revolution? The only certainty is that getting there–along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of–will be much more than half the fun.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/17/2014

    " A fun adventure novel. Chabon imitates the style of classic adventure novels with over written passages and flowery language which were sometimes difficult to follow. Ultimately though, this book was a quick read and an exciting tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirsten | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this -- it's a swashbuckling, sort of silly "Boys Own Adventure," complete with illustrations, swordplay, and chapters that end on cliffhangers. Michael Chabon clearly had a blast writing this, and I had a blast reading it. It's not literary in the manner of some of Chabon's other works, but despite its rolicking nature, it's not complete fluff, either. Take this on an airplane or hide out for a few hours with some tea and cookies, and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lara | 2/1/2014

    " Well-written and a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Chamberlin | 1/27/2014

    " Beautiful writing, plot a bit thin. "

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