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    "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)

    "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)

    In one of Stan Lee’s final collaborations and most innovative works, the legendary creator invites you to unleash the power of your imagination, and bring to life an epic, superhero origin story set within a tech-centric, highly connected world, unnervingly reminiscent of our own.

    Narrated by Yara Shahidi, one of today’s brightest talents, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light introduces listeners to a mysterious young woman, Nia, whose fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson, whose quest for YouTube stardom takes him to the heart of the Great Lakes Triangle where he is imbued with the power to "see" and "hear" a new reality.

    As Nia and Cameron’s relationship grows, they conspire to create a more righteous online universe, but wind up crossing a shadowy outfit called OPTIC. Meanwhile, a threat of galactic proportions emerges, imperiling humanity’s very existence by harnessing our individual desire to connect as the very means to destroy us.

    Can Nia, Cameron, and Juaquo (Cameron’s best friend) save us from our own collective ruin? 

    Join forces with Stan Lee to find out! 

    ©2019 New Reality, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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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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    • Kevin Potter
    • 07/01/2020

    So good, yet so bad.

    Here we have a new story with classic Stan Lee flair and a strong cinematic feel.

    Yara Shahidi gives what sounds at first to be excellent audio narration. She has a good array of voices and her "neutral" narration voice is pleasant to listen to.

    Unfortunately, it quickly becomes apparent that there's a problem: Monotone.

    There is very little in the way of vocal shifts throughout the text. There are a couple of passable inflections, but mostly it's the same flat tone and the same even tempo all throughout the story.

    There are also no rhythm or cadence changes between characters, so even though the voices are different every character sounds basically the same.

    Now, I really struggled to rate the story on this one.

    On the one hand, at its core this really is a great story. There's a lot thing on, there are great characters that are easy to connect with, and the plot is suitably epic.

    Unfortunately, we also have some major problems. Descriptions are almost non-existent, most of the twists are super predictable, the tense feels gimmicky and is inconsistent, quite a bit of the writing is quite clunky, the author head-hops like there's no tomorrow, and honestly a good chunk of the dialogue just sounds absurd.

    Okay, so let's look closer at the positives.

    This really is a big, epic storyline that hits so many high notes. Lots of things coming into play that get paid off later, several subplots come neatly full-circle, and there are a couple of really neat twists.

    Nia is a fascinating character that you can't help but feel for almost right away, and Cameron (for all that he initially comes across as a whiney idiot) is super relatable.

    Honestly, I'm not actually certain if this ties in with the MCU or not. While there are direct references to both Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D. they never make any appearances so it's entirely possible that they were fictional references and they do not exist in the same universe.

    Now, honestly all of the negatives to this story can be summed up in one fact: they chose the wrong co-writer to transform Stan Lee's story into prose.

    I'm sure Kat Rosenfield is a fine writer, but this is what happens when you get a journalist to write a fiction book. Especially one written in the super gimmicky present tense.

    The book really has two openings, one for Nia and one for Cameron. But they both start with just a few lines of "here and now" and then the character spends long minutes narrating their past that led them to this point.

    Now, I'm a fan of back story, but not when it's all just plopped in your face like that right at the start. Especially when, realistically, none of it was necessary to understand the story.

    But more to the point is that while the book is ostensibly in present tense, huge chunks of it are told in past tense via character narration and flashback and it comes across very amateurish and clunky.

    I found the (lack of) descriptions very frustrating. There is decent description of the cyberspace aspects and some of the tech (and, somewhat oddly, Nia's appearance, though no other character is given a detailed description), but in most other respects the description ranges from minimal to non-existent.

    It might just be me, but I found most of the twists much too easy to figure out. Although it was cool to see so much from the villain's perspective, especially seeing what drives them, I feel like it derailed a lot of the potential tension because the questions were already answered.

    The dialogue in this story actually really bothers me. Some of it is so good. It sounds so natural and just flows so well. But then at other parts it's just this clunky mess, equal parts "no one actually talks like that" and "here's all these plot points/character moments/back story just in case you missed it."

    There's a part of me that thinks the good parts were written by Stan and the rest was filled in posthumously, but of course I have no real evidence of that.

    And, the head-hopping. Oh, the head-hopping.
    This is one of the major things that screams to me, this author does not know how to write fiction. Head-hopping is one of the few rules I agree with following 100% of the time. In the middle of a single scene, we should only be in a single character's head.

    Of course, this is not a rule if the book is written in an omniscient view point, but this one wasn't.

    Which leads me to two of my biggest pet peeves that this book does often. They are two lines (or close variations) that make me simultaneously cringe and roll my eyes anytime I see them.

    The first is, "What I/he/she didn't know (yet) was..."
    I hate that. Unless I'm reading a frame story told by the same character years after the fact (so the narrator could reasonably have this information), it is, in my opinion, one of the biggest cheats in all of writing and it serves no purpose. As a reader I much prefer to just read it when it happens. I don't need to be told that the character didn't know about it yet.

    And the second is, "That was when..."
    This is, I feel, the single most over used phrase in all of fiction and it's clunky and jarring and the writing would be stronger without it.

    I hope this wasn't too much of a rant. This book was just so frustrating. There are those few things that I really loved, but there was so much wrong that I just couldn't, in good conscience, give it a higher rating.

    But finally, let's discuss the ending.
    Honestly, what an ending!
    They're are so many points where our heroes almost fail. So many almost disasters. I was on the edge of my seat listening to it, and the final conclusion does not disappoint!

    Brilliant, beautiful, poignant, and perhaps even a bit poetic.

    I'm not sure I can really recommend this book to anyone other that Marvel and MCU super-fans, but at the end of the day if you can overlook the flaws in the writing there is a great story here.

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    • Deborah M. Jacobs
    • 07/11/2019

    Trigger warning

    Child abuse incidents without any warning. Please read with caution if you are sensitive to child torture.

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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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    • 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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    • Eric
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • BertieGirl
    • 03/08/2019

    Great for your imagination!

    Whether you are interested in tech or even just a good old fashioned mystery story this is a great listen. This story is intriguing and if you spend a lot of time online - thought provoking. The story line unfolds with twists and turns. I enjoyed Yara Shahidi’s measured pace. True she does not bring a whole cast of different voices for the characters but she has a way of building suspense into the shortest dialogue. I liked that this felt like a book read by a story teller rather than a dramatic play for radio. The world Stan Lee & Kat Rosenfield created will have your imagination working overtime. I don’t want to give away the plot but am hoping that there are more installments- it feels like we are just getting going! Highly recommend this book!

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    • Paula P
    • 02/08/2019

    Really relevant and interesting story

    I have to admit, I pretty much love anything that St. Stan brought to the world.

    I genuinely enjoyed this story. Regardless of the negative reviews, I felt that Yara Shahidi did an excellent job with narration. She's got a young and edgy voice and I didn't have any trouble following the distinct character dialogue changes.

    The story itself is very much a "what if" type of scenario fleshed out and I really liked all the aspects and layers.

    The background music didn't bother me; but I also enjoy theatrical representations that are available through audible. If you're looking for just a voice and a story this isn't for you.



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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 04/07/2019

    A good book around the internet

    The Story is quite good, remembers a litle bit Ready Player One. But the setting is attraktiv for young people, because the Internet is the Main Focus of the Story.
    All in all i recommend this book

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