Extraordinary book told in audiobook form by narrators Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley, Community), and Peet Guercio (Comedian, Actor, Director).
Fifteen years after his death in March 1999, Stanley Kubrick has apparently arranged a hand-selected announcement that his films are far more than they appear to be. As UCLA’s resident Kubrick expert, Professor Mascaro was the recipient of Kubrick’s package. Inside is a reproduction of the famous photo Kubrick took for the cover of Look Magazine following the death of FDR. The image to the right has become emblazoned in the American zeitgeist.
On the back of the photo is a message written by Kubrick that reads: “Follow me to Q’s identity.” Mascaro is stumped and asks Shawn Hagan, his brilliant but socially awkward film student, what he thinks that might mean.
Shawn takes the photo and studies it with his only two friends at school–Wilson Devereaux, an infamous former child star bent on becoming a respected director, and Samira “Sami” Singh, a graduate film student with a dark, rebellious past.
The friends initially come up empty, but upon discovering a missing piece of the puzzle Mascaro strangely decided not to reveal at first, Shawn realizes that the answer to Q’s identity is hidden within the dialogue and imagery of the first film Kubrick had complete control over–“Lolita.”
The clues lead the friends to an old hotel in New York, where a mysterious package has been held by the concierge for twenty years. The package contains the next clue in the puzzle as well as a filmed message from Kubrick himself that confirms the construct of the elaborate game. Unfortunately, the friends also learn that at least two other groups have recently uncovered this first part of the puzzle, which puts them a step behind.
By the end, Kubrick will have proven his genius to be unmatched, when the game takes the player far beyond the boundaries of reality and sends him into the darkest realms of the human mind in order to make it to the final stage. This climactic set piece is surely the most difficult and diabolical puzzle ever created by man.
Shawn will have to face his own demons and reconnect with those who care about him in order to receive the great treasure that is Kubrick’s final legacy and gift to humanity.
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PRIMARY: Jonathan Frakes — Best known for his role as Commander Riker on the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and movies.
SUPPORTING: Yvette Nicole Brown — Best known for her role as Shirley on the television series Community.
SUPPORTING: Peet Guercio — Comedian, Actor, Director.
Print Book Info
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6.14 x 9.21 x 0.8125 (1.490 Lbs) — 20/carton
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6.14 x 9.21 x 0.7622 (1.139 Lbs) — 22/carton
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"Kubrick’s Game is a story in the same vein as The Da Vinci Code. It’s fast-paced, full of puzzles and exceedingly well done in its execution.
"I’ll be honest and say I fall asleep during Kubrick films. I can watch exceedingly long movies with no problem… but put in a Kubrick film and I’m out after the first 20 minutes. So I was hesitant going into this because I knew my appreciation for the puzzle solving would be automatically lessened due to my somewhat unwilling ignorance on the films themselves. However, I found that I had no issue whatsoever following along and enjoy the ride! The puzzles are so engrained in the media they pull from that it makes you want to pop in the movies and start hunting yourself. The sheer amount of Kubrick trivia in this novel is just amazing, I went from knowing next to nothing about the main to knowing parts of his process and habits during filming. In fact, it sort of keyed me in on details I missed in my viewings of the films and made me appreciate them a bit more.
"The main character, Shawn, provided a perspective that I have never read anything from nor was I was expecting. Shawn has Asperger’s. I can’t speak to the authenticity of the voice itself, however, I really appreciated the viewpoint as he navigates his problems with social interactions, maintaining relationships, and learning more about himself.
"The audiobook itself is narrator by Johnathan Frakes, Peet Guercio, and Yvette Nicole Brown. Frakes, or Riker from 'Star Trek', provides the main narration for the book and Brown provides the voice of Desiree. It’s an odd style for an audio but as it is explained in the beginning, this takes on a sort of radio show type feel to it and gives the book a bit of its own style. While I really did enjoy both Frakes’ and Brown’s readings, I will say that at points the sound quality dipped in places. However I’ve been told that this has since been fixed! Overall I think this is a must for movie fans and for those who love a thrilling ride filled with riddles and danger."