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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

Narrated by: Yara Shahidi
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Critic Reviews

A Trick of Light is uncannily frightening, amazingly modern, incredibly moving and impossible to put down. You will recognize these characters, and you may be surprised to see yourself in their struggles in an increasingly over-connected, yet under-considered world. There are fears here that didn’t exist when Marvel Comics was created, and it’s fascinating to see Stan and company take the scalpel to them, and the listener. Listen to this book.” (Gail Simone)

“Leave it to Stan Lee to save his very best for last. A Trick of Light is as heartfelt and emotional as it is original and exciting. What a movie this one will make.” (James Patterson) 

"For lovers of Stan Lee this is nothing short of a publishing event! (And, honestly, who the hell doesn't love Stan Lee?) Beguiling, cinematic, operatic, A Trick of Light is a bracing espresso first thing in the morning and the thrum of a familiar love deep at night.” (Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Lake Success)

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An action superhero movie in a book.

A great story, in line with dc and marvel. A little more modern in content- although it does feel like some of the ideas have been pulled from ready player one and iboy. Still it is fun and although I had an initial short annoyance to the readers voice, by the end of the book I really loved it. It also took some getting used to the score which pops up in the action scenes. Good, fun read..

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Entertaining story without the theatre

An entertaining story full of stereotypical tropes which have been woven into a nice popcorn entertainment piece. There are deeper themes but it's not at the level of other YA fiction works or quite at the level of the MCU and other superhero narratives.

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Quite a good story, but...

would have liked to have had more than just one narrator. Found voice to be quite annoying at times.

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  • Ricardo G.
  • 10-07-2019

An interesting new story. I look forward to more!

Overall I loved it. It felt like a fresh Sci-Fi story. I wasn't very fond of the narrator. She used the same voice for each character which typically lacked any emotion. Weather a character was sad, angry or excited she made them sound as if they were all super calm and relaxed. Even if a character were to scream she barely rose her voice. I think the story could have been much more immersive if character voices were spoken with more personality.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 03-07-2019

About the narrator....

I'm not writing a review on the book (which I've given 5 stars)

Just wanted to address other reviewers comments about the narration speed. I initially found the narration slow-paced. When I switched the speed to 1.25x it was perfect.


So, at 1.25x speed, I LOVED the narrator. Perfect voice for this book. Well done.

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  • Nehemie Marcelin
  • 05-07-2019

Dope

Enjoyed the build of the story and the development of Cam and his team, it’s a book you either like or don’t but I would say the story would benefit from a multiple narrator format.

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  • Benjamin
  • 12-07-2019

I just can't get into it.

I love the Marvel Comics Universe. I love the books, the games, and of course the movies. This audiobook however, let's me down. I want to like it, but it just drags on without going anywhere. I'm hours into it, and just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry, Stan! Please forgive me!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2019

the illustrator will be missed

stan lee never fails to impress his imagination will never have an equal bur I do hope someone try's to make a second, third, and maybe a fourth book in this series

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  • Jess
  • 29-06-2019

Loved it!

Great story, fantastic character development. I could feel Stan in this tale. Quick and Fun.

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  • Jeff Larsen
  • 30-06-2019

story is ok, but the narrator is very monotone.

the story is ok. nothing is that big of a surprise, but it is ok.

my main problem is the narrator is really monotone. if you preview the book and are ok with the narrator, you will probably be ok with the story.

one thing I absolutely despised about this production was the music between the chapters and at various parts of the book. Honestly I will return any book I run into that does this. the music adds nothing, it only serves to pull you out of the story and I really hated it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-07-2019

not my cup of tea but it was good

liked it struggled a bit when the syba creature died narrator was good to listen to

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  • Michael Tuccillo
  • 23-07-2019

Really enjoyed the story

Great unique plot, it moves along and character development is done well. The ending leaves you wanting more and I’m hoping we will have another story soon. The performer who read the story is good at voices however, the narrative parts of the story were a bit flat. Would have been nice to have a more exciting story teller.

I liked the music mixes within the story line. I think it added the story,

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  • badgertime
  • 23-07-2019

Stan Lee's genius lives on

Cool story. Concepts easily visualized. Narrators voice is soothing and expressive. Love and technology blend seamlessly.

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  • RStreet
  • 11-07-2019

A disappointing & predictable story

I had high hopes for this book as it seemed like a really interesting concept, but the story is disappointing, predictable and bland.
The narration doesn’t help and is very monotonous. Not helped by jarring editing, in particular the words “Juaquo says” have been recorded once and pop in in a different tone of voice from the narration.

Overall, not a book I would listen to again, and it leaves me with no interest in following the story into subsequent books in the series.

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  • Ant's Reviews
  • 09-07-2019

A good story made cringe-worthy

I don't often leave bad reviews but I'm struggling to listen to this story with this narration. I can't but visualise this being read from the book with such little feeling and variation and tone. A very bad choice of reader, in my opinion, to the point where I am finding it too poor and cringe worthy to continue listening.

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  • Greg
  • 04-07-2019

so good, now wheres book 2?

so great, so well written too
great to hear stans voice again
need book 2 now though

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  • sam
  • 01-07-2019

Good but one problem

The story was good but the narrator let it down. Her voice felt flat, like her heart wasn’t in it.

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  • Toni
  • 05-07-2019

Great, thought-provoking start

4.75 Stars

While this has some similarities to other stories I have read this has genuinely interesting characters that I cared about, an engrossing plot that caused me to listen to it in one sitting and until well after midnight. As well as that it was a plot that made me think about how we depend upon and use technology in the real world too. The narration was good too.

I really hope they decide to carry on releasing what Stan Lee has been working on prior to his death as I for one want to find out what happens next.

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  • Linus
  • 19-07-2019

Great Book, Annoying Sounds

Great story, being let down by poor, cheap sounding music and effects which detracts rather than adds anything, in addition to making the narration harder to make out.

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  • Flo
  • 16-07-2019

Drone on and on

For me the narrator killed this story stone dead. I simply could not get past the monotonous drone of her voice to get into the story.

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  • Peter
  • 14-07-2019

Good story, shame about the narration

This story was a good start on what is clearly going to be a series, and I look forward to the next installment. The narration, however, was really poor. And the story itself wasn't quite good enough to let you ignore that flat delivery. Perhaps a different narrator next time?

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  • Mark Say
  • 12-07-2019

Awesome begining, average ending

I'll be honest, I bought this without checking what it was about for the fact that it had Stan Lee in the title and it was prominently featured on the Audible homepage, so it must be good right?

It starts off with a foreword by the late Mr Lee himself and then I settled into the ride.

The start of the book sets the scene with main characters Nia (or Mia, I never could be sure with the narrator's accent) and Cameron, enjoyable enough stuff. Once we've met the cast and Cameron sets off on his journey it begins to get good. Really good!

As Cameron was learning how to use his skills I was riveted to the book and couldn't wait to listen to see what happened next, then Cameron learns a thing. It was a thing I saw coming from a mile away but after he learns the thing the book takes a nosedive to the point where in the last few hours of the book I wasn't really bothered anymore.

I've never been so set that a book was great to be met with such 'meh' before. The premise and the set up could have lead to so much more. I listened to the last half hour whilst shopping and I was glad it was over. It sets up nicely for a sequel which sounds like it may be very similar to an Earnest Cline book to the extent that they reference it in this book.

The narrator was good and I enjoyed listening to Yara Shahidi's voice more than I did for a lot of American accented female narrators but the story just lacked interest in the very part that should have had all of the interest.

If you've ever seen the original Iron Man film and enjoyed the movie as Tony is captured and builds his suit only to switch off as he faces Jeff Bridges toward the end this book is just like that. I like both film and book but they could be better.

If you enjoy Stan's previous works, Ready Player One etc then you'll probably enjoy this too, just don't get your hopes up too high.

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  • Biba
  • 12-07-2019

Predictable

I was hoping for a better plot and outcome..a very Predictable storyline and poorly performed