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Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

Narrated by: Yara Shahidi
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What is more real? A world we are born into or one we create for ourselves? 

Legendary creator, master storyteller, and cultural icon Stan Lee sets off into a new universe in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions of our time! 

The only question left: Will you join him on this journey? 

In one of Lee’s final collaborations and most innovative works - visionary in both his prescient commentary on the world today and the medium he chose to tell it in (audio) - Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, co-created by Lee, Luke Lieberman, and Ryan Silbert, invites listeners to unleash the power of their own imagination and bring to life an epic superheroes' origins story set within a tech-centric, highly connected world unnervingly reminiscent of our own. 

Narrated by Yara Shahidi, one of today’s brightest talents and most prominent generational voices, and co-written by Edgar-nominated author Kat Rosenfield, 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, dishing out justice big and small, but wind up crossing a shadowy outfit called OPTIC, which goes after them for its own nefarious purposes. 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 in this reality-bending journey into the great beyond within. Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light awaits! 

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

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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One of the Best audio books ever heard

There is a completely different superpower introduced in this book!!! Cyber kinetic power!! In the end, a war was coming towards earth

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-19

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
  • 07-08-19

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
  • 10-07-19

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
  • 03-07-19

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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  • Benjamin
  • 12-07-19

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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  • Jeff Larsen
  • 30-06-19

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
  • 08-08-19

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
  • 07-08-19

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
  • 05-08-19

Good stuff

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

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  • RStreet
  • 11-07-19

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
  • 09-07-19

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
  • 04-07-19

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
  • 01-07-19

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
  • 05-07-19

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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  • Jkwright
  • 17-09-19

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..
Save your credits and listen to a podcast

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  • Stevie Clark
  • 10-09-19

Rubbish narration

The storyline was good enough but the narration was very poor, especially when compared to other books I’ve listened too. In the end I gave up about 90 mins from the end and started listening to something else! Unfortunately the narration can make or break a book and in this case it’s a big thumbs down.

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  • Abigail S.
  • 07-09-19

Exceptional

honestly such an exceptional story and narrated so well too. Definetly worth the listen, I highly recommend.

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  • Pietro Vidor Viecelli
  • 30-08-19

Interesting story with poor performance

The story is pretty interesting and relevant to our current day and age.
The narrator in other hand was sub par to this kind of production. There are incredible voice actors out there that would have made the story come to life in an even better way!

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  • xxanime-otakuxx
  • 29-08-19

Overall entertaining

Read about this book online, and as a fan of marvel films, decided to listen to it, as my first audio book. I loved it. The music during the intense bits, and the sound effects really added to the feel. The fact that I was looking for opportunities to listen to it shows how much I enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-19

must listen

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

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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  • Lisa
  • 04-07-19

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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  • Stuart Richardson
  • 10-07-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-19

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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