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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 (56 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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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 debuted on June 27 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 licensor 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 writing this year’s Red Sonja: Birth of a She-Devil miniseries 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 Narrator

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 roles 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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Helped me catch up on my sleep!

The narrator literally put me to sleep every time I tried to listen. The story ideas could have developed but it just didn't get there for me. Perhaps the narration was part of the issue but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Science fiction at its finest

Generally, I am not a huge science fiction person so this is definitely outside my regular genres, but wow was this ever interesting!
The narration was amazing-- I love Yara Shahidi's voice.
Thank you, Stan Lee, for getting me out of my comfort zone, and trying this science fiction.

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An absolute Joy

To start, as my first audio book this has really set the bar high. it is hard to believe how fast this book went in 11 hours!!
Story, performance and paceing were all on point.
I will be recommending this to everybody within ear shot.

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An Amazing tale that will leave you wanting more

I loved this story so very much it was rather nice to listen to in the back ground of all my daily activitys an found it quite seat griping and comical especially when akerman made that AI happily hack it's own system displaying you have been hack by batman, again this storys awesome and so its narrator shes asecialy good at portraying the warm afections and worries of a parental figure how ever it would have been nice to have a male narrator for all the guy caracter's a specially six he could have been portrayed so much better given the right amount of enthusiasm other than that this story was fantastic and I cant wait for a sequel.

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Narrator was very dry

The story was decent, but the narration left much to be desired. It was slow, with very little affection.

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Difficult to pay attention to

I think it’s about social justice warrior kids with ability manipulate the digital world. I’m not totally sure as I’ve tried three times to start it and quarter way into book I realize I haven’t paid enough attention to know what’s going on. Could be situational but as an almost all day everyday listener I’m chalking it up to the storey and or the performance.

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Wild, imaginative, exciting story

A totally exciting imaginative story opening a world I have not explored before. I enjoyed listening to this book, well performed. The reader's voice is pleasant to listen to. 👍

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Such a good book!

If I hadn't started the book in the evening, I definitely would've finished it in one sitting. As it is, I finished it in two. Definitely recommend.

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Slow start, but got me hooked on the next one now

Fun tale, that seemed a bit slow in the beginning (I was going to fast forward it). But once the stage was set it un-folded nicely. Now I see I need to buy the NEXT book in the series...

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Just fantastic

This book was surprising and super interesting. it did not go the way I thought it would and I loved every second of it. well done!

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  • Ricardo G.
  • 2019-07-10

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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  • LIBERTY TWP, OH
  • 2019-08-09

Great mixture of Sci-Fi and hyperrealism

With technology growing ever more reliant on society we see how far man kind has gone in the future, as well as what we lost. With the two protagonists showing how anyone or anything can develop human behavior and try and fix the world they live in, it is not hard to imagine our world turning ever closer to theirs. And more so, the failures it brings.

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  • Donnabell
  • 2019-08-07

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
  • MT USA
  • 2019-07-10

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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  • Benjamin
  • 2019-07-12

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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  • 2019-07-03

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
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  • 2019-06-30

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
  • 2019-08-08

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
  • 2019-08-07

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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  • Christi
  • 2019-08-05

Good stuff

Awsome!! Great story. Great performance. If you like underdog super heroes this book is for you.

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