The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Written by:
Michael Chabon
Narrated by:
David Colacci

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2012
26 hours 25 minutes

The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.

A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.


Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award

Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly
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Engaging storytelling. Opens up the world of comic books while also contrasting this with the "mundane" life of the comic book creators. The two main characters, Kavalier and Clay, are instantly endearing.

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Very well writen and keeps you wanting more. I sat in my car waiting for the next move. Rent it. You will not be disapointted.

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Mary Lasater

Such a great story. I could not "put it down!"

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Randi Minetor

I'm in the process of reading all of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels, and this one is one of the finest. My one issue is not with the book or even the reader, but with the producer who clearly didn't know enough of the Jewish/Yiddish idiom to instruct the reader in how to pronounce the terms correctly. I found this odd, considering that this is a very Jewish book with a lot of great usage of Yiddish words. (For example, pronouncing the word for grandmother as "Boobie" instead of "Bubbie" was really distracting.) Otherwise, the reader did a tremendous job with a book that had dozens of characters.

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This was my first book by Michael Chabon, and now I want more. Great story, great writing, real life characters in a comic book world. You'll like it too.

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