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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 (69 ratings)

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Meet the Creators

Stan Lee was known to the world as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the entertainment industry. His co-creations included Spider-Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and hundreds of others. Lee continued to serve as Marvel Entertainment’s Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018. Lee was also the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion and attorney Arthur Lieberman.In Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, Lee chose the immersive medium of audio to share one of his latest universes and casts of superheroes. His trademark mastery of creating both engaging and provocative story lines is on full display as he and his co-creators developed a fascinating new world to explore that deftly comments on our own.

Meet the Creators

Academy Award winning filmmaker Ryan Silbertis a writer, producer, author, and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform entertainment company with a global focus on storytelling. Silbert’s next project is Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an original, first-of-its kind audio storytelling event produced by Amazon’s Audible Studios and starring Yara Shahidi. Created by Silbert, Luke Lieberman, and Stan Lee in the late cultural icon’s final collaboration, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light will debut on June 27th as an Audible Original. With work recognized by the Academy Awards, the Canadian Academy of Film & Television, Sundance, and the Berlinale, Silbert’s repertoire includes such films as the Academy Award winning God of Love and Spike Lee’s The Girls in Trouble. Silbert is currently in development on television, film, and immersive narratives projects created specifically for audio platforms.

Meet the Creators

Luke Lieberman started his career working for the legend, who mentored him in the art of storytelling. He left Stan's employ to relaunch the Red Sonja comic book franchise, which has published over 300 issues and 60 graphic novels, and where he serves as licencor and executive editor to this day. Luke also practices intellectual property and entertainment law at Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman of Los Angeles. His current projects include writingthis year’s Red Sonja: Birth of a She-Devil mini-series for Dynamite Entertainment, executive producing the Red Sonja feature motion picture, and co-creating Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, an innovative audio experience from Audible Studios and performed by Yara Shahidi, with Ryan Silbert, and Stan "The Man" Lee himself.

Meet the Creators

Kat Rosenfield is an Edgar-nominated author and pop culture journalist with a gift for reporting on digital-age dramas from the place where art and politics intersect. In 2018, Kat was tapped to co-author Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, with icon Stan Lee. She previously authored two young adult novels, the Edgar-nominated Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone (2012) and Inland (2014). Kat began her career in journalism at MTV News, reporting on TV, film, books, and young Hollywood culture. Her work includes critical essays for Playboy, TV recapping for Entertainment Weekly, and live-blogging the 2016 US presidential debates and election results for Us Weekly. Her more recent work as a freelance journalist includes seminal reporting on controversies within the young adult publishing community. Rosenfield is a co-host of the Feminine Chaos podcast on Bloggingheads.tv and a contributing editor at Tablet.

Meet the Performer

Actress, model, activist,and youth speaker Yara Shahidi is quickly emerging as a generational voice able to captivate and inspire audiences both on-and off-screen. With a combination of raw talent, authenticity, and passion for projects of substance, Shahidi’s narration of Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light adds another distinct level of depth and sophistication to this visionary work. Best known for her breakout television work in Black-ish and Grown-ish, she most recently starred in the 2019 film The Sun Is Also a Star. Shahidi was a recipient of the "Generation Next" award at the 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood event and is intimately involved in various educational and social initiatives. Among them, Eighteen x 18, founded by Shahidi to encourage voter turnout, and Yara’s Club, a partnered venture with the Young Women’s Leadership Network of New York, focused on education.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Predictable

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

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Amazing

Loved this. Typical Stan Lee brilliance. Great story. Well told. Captures the possibilities of the Modern world with a measure of the heroic.

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  • Chefanie
  • 09-07-19

in a world very very close

I didn't like the way it started. switching story lines with no explanation or back story irritate me. the story pulled together extremely well. the possible dangers of cyberspace, and how being "wired in" can have dramatic effects on our indiviusilism. but then we know that, don't we!

it seems to me the story was meant as an allegory. it describes what might very well be the state of our individualism. who leads us, and why do we follow them. do we even know? and (not to get political)(but I am), is this how politicians are elected, hummmm.

great book, read and enjoy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-19

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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  • LuFrederick
  • 16-07-19

Stand Lee

This was a very good listen. Stan Lee is a master story teller not only in the movies he helped to make, but also in the comics he wrote and in this first addition novel. My hope and prayer is that this will not be just a one novel series now that he is no longer among us. this series has a lot of potential and I hope that those who continue it will do it justice.

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  • gaylene
  • 16-07-19

Great listen.

It's was a great listen easy to follow easy to pick right back up on story line. Had a few unexpected turns some laughs and even the ability to make one think how dependent we really are on technology.

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  • Ricardo G.
  • 10-07-19

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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  • Nehemie Marcelin
  • 05-07-19

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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  • Helen
  • 03-07-19

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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  • Jason
  • 01-07-19

fun story.

Thank you Stan Lee. made more for a young person but still full for sure

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  • Jess
  • 29-06-19

Loved it!

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

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  • Boots
  • 16-07-19

enjoyed<br /><br />

I enjoyed the story line. it was long and easy to listen to while doing housework. thaw characters are all likeable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful