" Listened to the audiobook--the story starts strong, with so much possibility between the two main characters and their circumstances. I love novels that take place in this time period, and I especially liked Joe Kavalier. On the audio, the reader gives him a wonderfully European accent that works well with the reading, and lends even more depth to his character. The style is typical Chabon--complex, artistic, rich in emotional description and character depth. However, with such a strong start, I think Chabon got lost somewhere in the middle with too many character issues that, in my mind, detract from the overall theme of the story--which, to me, was the building of the comic book industry during WWII. I loved this idea, but was turned off by Clay's character development, which to me felt artificially dramatic and not true to the rest of the storyline. Despite that (and despite what I felt was a flat ending, and a very disappointing quash to the Tracy Bacon character), I enjoyed the story of the Escapist, the backstory on Bernard Kornblum, and the drama within Empire Comics. I also appreciated the viewpoint and feelings of isolationist, pre-war America, the caution to express a negative opinion toward the Nazis, the legal issues over potential copyrights. Not a favorite, but still a good read. "
— Yogadog, 2/4/2014