Published by Graphic Audio on 2018
Length: 5 hrs
Genres: Science Fiction, Superheroes
Source: Publisher, Submitted
The Avengers and the X-Men — the two most popular super-hero teams in history - go to war! This landmark pop-culture event brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the story that changes them forever!
Earth’s mightiest and most uncanny heroes rumble like never before as the Phoenix Force approaches — to the Avengers, the deadliest of threats; but to the X-Men, perhaps a chance at reviving their dwindling race. It’s Marvel’s biggest event ever — but will the Avengers or the X-Men emerge triumphant?
3D AUDIOBOOK™ A MOVIE IN YOUR MIND® - GraphicAudio’s Creative Director, Richard Rohan adapted the script directly from Marvel’s graphic novels. Produced in amazing 3D audio, Avengers vs X-Men features a huge cast of 47 actors, 3D sound effects, and an original theme composed by GraphicAudio’s, Sound Designer David Zitney. GraphicAudio’s 3D works with earbuds, speakers and for the total immersive experience use over-ear headphones.
“AvX is the ultimate super-hero mashup—bringing together comics’ two biggest franchises in one spectacular series with all-star action set pieces stretching from the mystical city of K’un-Lun to Earth’s moon. It’s a story people had been waiting for years to see, and it could really only happen in comics—until now! GraphicAudio’s adaptation takes this already-great saga to the next level, bringing it to life with a full cast and dynamic score. It’s better than I ever could have imagined!” - Jeff Youngquist, VP, Production and Special Projects, Marvel Entertainment
© 2018 Marvel
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I have to admit that when I first started listening to this book I was a little disappointed. I had expectations of an actual novelization with perhaps some sound effects tossed in for effect. It took me a bit of listening before I actually settled in and began grooving to the story as it was, and not the way I wanted it to be. In fact, it got to actually be fairly fun once I started thinking of it as one of the old 60’s cartoons that Marvel pumped out in which they took clips from actual comic books, and then added just a touch of motion. Those cartoons, if you listen to them, actually sound a lot like this Graphic Audio production. They had all the voices and sound effects, the only difference here is that you don’t get to see the comic panels. . . . except in your mind. It also reminded me of the old 70’s Album Songs and Stories about the Justice League of America. It just didn’t have any snappy songs, which is a shame as I would have loved to get a theme song out of this. Either way, I found this book to be very nostalgic, but also very modern in flavor.
The whole concept worked pretty well. I was impressed by the sheer number of people doing voice work, some played double and triple duty (I’m sure) but you really didn’t notice. What was really impressive is the fact that in spite of so many people actually working on the project is that it didn’t come out a jumbled mess. The voices and there were many, worked well, were distinctive, and didn’t repeat. I don’t think there was a time where I wondered which character was which once they announced themselves. If I am, to be honest, however, it wasn’t always easy to pick them out as there were a lot of characters besides the big players, but by about the halfway point I found that I could have followed along even if Modok didn’t say something like, “Modok will never let that Happen!” I can say that the voices seemed to be authentic, and by that they were organic and natural and didn’t come across as cheesy or muppets on drugs, which sometimes happens if a voice actor decides to ham it up.
The sound effects were what made this work, take them away and you just have a mishmash of characters yelling, talking, and being dramatic. This is a comic book adaptation and so you need some BAMS and POWS to go along with the story. I do not mean to imply that they employed those old campy Adam West Batman sound effect balloons, only that they really dug in and went for it with the noise. Energy crackles, lasers sound like lasers and not somebody going pew pew. I found this to be highly effective in terms of moving the story along and helping to create a visual scene in your mind. If a car was crushed or crashed that is what it sounded like happened. Everything was attended to, and it did not come across as the narrator saying that a door opened, you then hear a door open, and then action/dialogue continues on. No, here a door will slam and things happen elsewhere. It is refreshing to see everything coordinated so well. There really was a great staff doing some amazing work behind the scenes. The sound quality is spot on, and I never noticed a hiccup in the production.
As for the story, I have to admit that I did not read the graphic novel, so I have no idea as to how faithful an adaptation it actually is, but the story is coherent, easy to follow, and makes sense so I am assuming that it follows along fairly close to the source material. The story is fast paced, as it starts off with a planet getting wiped out along with a former Herald of Galactus. The tale only picks up speed and hits a pretty good pace between action, story building, and creating suspense. Again, my biggest issue was trying to juggle what was happening vs who was speaking, and that settled down by the midway point. I don’t eve’ think it would be an issue for comic adaptations that don’t feature such a large cast of characters. A simple Daredevil story would be much tighter and more easily told, for example, than something so sprawling and far-reaching. This story takes place from one end of the cosmos to the other and is quite ambitious in its telling.
Overall I felt that the audio quality, from the way the book sounded to the voice work, was just stunning, and that the story itself was fast paced and attention grabbing. Conversely, I did feel that it was a little hard to follow until I got into a cadence or rhythm with the revolving cast of characters. Once I got my head adjusted as to who was doing what it wasn’t bad. I still think that this would work much better for smaller stories, like something from Hell’s kitchen or Wolverine in Madripoor. Sometimes, less is better. Here the story did get away from itself at times and made it a little hard to follow. Overall I give the story 4 stars out of five because it did have problems reeling itself in on occasion. The sound quality was outstanding for 5 out of 5 stars, and the narration was also a 4 out of 5, just because I should never have to try to figure out who is speaking without a tagline feeding me the answer. I would love to hear more of these types of tales in the future.
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