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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (88,967 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Chabon Narrator: David Colacc Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is the best-selling novel by Michael Chabon which, since its first publication, has fast become a cult classic. Narrator David Colacci brings fans over 26 hours of listening enjoyment.

Through a rich parade of finely developed characters, Chabon takes listeners on a journey through the history of the comic book in fiction form. Joe Kavalier, prior to his escape to New York City, has been caught up in Prague during Hitler's regime. Desperate to bring his family to America, he searches for work to earn their passage money. A talented artist, he turns to his cousin, Sammy Clay, who is in need of a co-creator of a relatively new art form: the comic book.

The World War II era provides fertile soil for the comic book industry. People are longing for escape from the realities around them and from the dire possibilities that lay ahead of them. They find escape through living vicariously, and what better fantasy world to escape into than those created by comic book artists?

Kavalier does not find immediate success. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce. The emerging comic book scene is difficult to break into. Kavalier and Clay do not give up. They possess tremendous talent and the drive to go along with it. They are motivated and imaginative enough to turn the colorful characters around them into super villains creating larger-than-life scenarios where ever newer super heroes rush in to save the day.

What sets Kavalier and Clay apart from others in the industry are their own life experiences they bring to their work, drawing upon their personal struggles to fill in the colorful panels of their comic books. Their own needs to escape everyday problems played out against a New York City background spew forth from pen and ink are met with a public appetite for new entertainment via this developing art form.

Fans of the novel will rediscover the greatness of Chabon's work and remember why they fell in love with the novel in the first place through listening to this audiobook. They will also better understand why an ever-growing number of fans have named "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" Chabon's best work.

American writer Michael Chabon was born May 24, 1963 in Washington, D.C. He is best known as a novelist, a screenwriter and a short story writer. His novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Chabon has loved reading comic books from his childhood. He achieved an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California at Irvine. His great love of comic books became the subject matter of this work, his third novel.

Michael Chabon has written under the pen names of Leon Chaim Bach, Malachi B. Cohen, and August Van Zorn.

New York City, 1939. 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, writing “like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times), has created a hero for the century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The depth of Chabon’s thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness, and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Richly imagined and unexpectedly moving, Kavalier & Clay shows a thoroughbred author writing at the peak of his talents.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Towing, swash-buckling thrill of a book…The themes are masterfully explored, leaving the book’s sense of humor intact and characters so tightly developed.”


  • “Lyrical…Exquisitely patterned…Composed with detailed scenes, and spotted with some rapturous passages.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[Chabon’s] biggest and most ambitious work so far. High-spirited, fantastic yet historically grounded, written in a charming, fluent, witty prose, it is a highly engaging and entertaining book.”


  • Kavalier & Clay is full of the kind of exquisitely figurative language and gorgeous sentences for which Chabon is deservedly celebrated.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Chabon takes center stage as a literary Houdini. It’s a crowd-wowing performance, one that pushes the author toward the top ranks of his generation of American writers.”

    Denver Post

  • “Starts out as one of the most pleasurable novels of the past few years. It ends as one of the most moving.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “This is a glad-hearted novel, rich in story and character and invention, and an argument for the virtues of escapism.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Well researched and deeply felt, this rich, expansive, and hugely satisfying novel will delight a wide range of readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Michael Chabon’s new novel is the product of sparkling intelligence, undeniable talent, and consummate skill…A triumph both of style and storytelling.”


  • “A stroke of sheer conceptual genius.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " Joyce Sarick's Top 5 Literary Fiction Books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/2/2014

    " It started out perfectly and the writing is smart and good--but then it turned into one of those things where it felt like the author was pushing his characters to do things they wouldn't really do just to move his plot in a certain way. I know it sounds weird to say that--people can make any choice at all--but that's what it felt like to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allie Wells | 1/20/2014

    " Long but totally worth the read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carl Marcus | 1/15/2014

    " Chabon is a very gifted writer. This book starts out very well, but the story sort of starts to fall apart about halfway through the book and never fully recovers. "

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