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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

By: Stan Lee, Kat Rosenfield, Created by Stan Lee, Luke Lieberman, Ryan Silbert
Narrated by: Yara Shahidi
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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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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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2nd one

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

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excelsior!!!!

great listen all round!!! stan was a legend and this lived up to his greatness

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Stan Lee: you will be greatly missed

A must for Marvel fans. This story has all the key components of a Marvel adventure. Hopefully the team behind this have the will to extend Stan’s legacy.

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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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Predictable

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

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Great, thought-provoking start

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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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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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make a 2nd one asap!!

make a 2nd one asap thats all i need to say. thank you stan lee.

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Overall great, narrator's tone was off at points

The narrator's tone when not doing dialogue was often weird, especially w/the phrase "Jauco says"

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