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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 (53 ratings)

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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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Slow to start but gets better .

I thought that it has an interesting plot.
I hope that they're working book 2.

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Original story but tough listening.

It's a shame, the story was quite original and futuristic however the narrator was just too difficult to listen to for all 37 chapters. Not sure whether it was the intent of Stan Lee but the narrator (Yara) was just annoyingly monotonous and lifeless. In addition, it just seemed pointless for Yara to read seemingly every word - word for word - including the filler words when mostly 2 characters in the book were talking at a time.... I imagine the paperback book could be a better option than audiobook unfortunately.

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must listen

A must listen, bring on book two. worth listening to the intro alone . 5 stars

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addictive!

Loved the story from start to finish. It was such a captivating and addictive story, very hard to put down once you've started. The narrstor and creativeness of the story really takes you into a whole other world. It very easily paints the images into your mind. Will definitely listen to this again. Stan Lee, you have touched and inspired so many minds. you never fail to impress me! Rest In Peace Stan Lee ❤

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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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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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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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  • Donnabell
  • 07-08-2019

Riveting Adventure

This story was an amazing experience. It has a sci-fi, Ready Player One/Matrix/X-men feel to it. It was exciting and hard to find a good stopping place to continue with reality. The introduction by Stan Lee was fun and beautiful and really got me pumped for the story to begin. Highly recommend!

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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.

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  • CharlieBear426
  • 10-07-2019

Wonderful! Can't wait for more

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light has it all: super heroes, unwilling sidekicks, vengeful aliens, secretive organizations and tech gone haywire. The audio book begins with an intro from Stan Lee which was beautiful to listen to his thoughts on the story to come. The story is an origin story of sorts as it develops the characters of Cameron, Nia and Juaquo. Cameron has an unusual accident which leaves him with cybertech abilities. The twists are somewhat unusual but keep it interesting. There are aspects of the story that remind me of Enders Game, Ready Player One, and Terminator. The ending is obviously left open since they have plans for more, but wraps up enough to be satisfying. While Yara Shahidi performs the audiobook wonderfully, it took me a bit to get into it since the main character is a Cameron and a majority of the story is from his perspective.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2019

Loved this audible

Stan Lee dis an amazing job with this one. I'm in high hopes that another book would release and even a movie!! Again, amazing job!

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  • John
  • 07-08-2019

A great farewell from Stan Lee

A fantastic story for Mr. Lee’s last book. I would encourage folks to read or listen to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2019

great story, poor naration

The story is great kind of a blend of invasion of the body snatches and ready player one. I did not like the narration at all

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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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  • Lewis R.
  • 05-08-2019

Awesome!

This was an excellent book! It's so sad that Stan Lee is no longer with us. Tara Shahidi did a marvelous job bringing the characters to life. It would be interesting if someone was able to produce a worthy sequel.

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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.
Update... well I finished it... a labour of love and a testament to the storyline being good enough to withstand the appalling narration. She reads what the characters say well enough, but the rest of the storyline is intoned in a childish word by word way that makes you think her finger was pointing below the text and has no ability to scan ahead as she reads...

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-2019

2nd one

loved it start to finish I want part 2 now yay I can't wait .

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  • Andy T
  • 19-10-2019

Young Adult reading

Imaginative and, in places, engaging: but this is definitely there for young adults rather than the oldies amongst us! Lots of references to 80s and 90s films, video games and books, with a hint of horror in places. Frankly I should have realized that this was for a different audience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-2019

Didn’t get through it

Narration is so bad I couldn’t get through the first hour. Story didn’t seem too bad but the narrator ruined it completely for me that I couldn’t continue it!

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  • Lynn/Lee
  • 03-10-2019

Don't think I can even finish this!

Really struggled with this book. Big fan of comics and Stan Lee but this book drags its way through a story that to be honest is slow and rather tedious. I do not feel myself invested at all in any of the characters.

The narrator's voice also has a monotone style which again adds to my lack of desire to finish this.

I also hope, really hope the plot is not as obvious as I think it may be. I already feel like I know how it is going to play out before it does.

I hoped for better... I may go back a little at a time to see if I can finish this but it is not a joy to do so.

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  • Jkwright
  • 17-09-2019

Nothing special

Normally Stan Lee is full of surprises, but this left me wanting from the get go. The character development felt very recycled and the plot was so well signposted that any surprises became obvious..
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