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The Listener by David  Lester
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Mar 27, 2011

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it was amazing

"David Lester depicts the shadowy relationship between words and actions in The Listener. The black guilt that weighs heavily within Louise and the German couple seeps across each page like a Rorschach blot." -- Nicole Gluckstern, SF Bay Guardian (San Francisco, CA)

"A beautifully and powerfully presented story which reveals how each moment in time can have a huge impact upon the future." -- Dun and Red, a readers’ advisory resource blog (Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Arizona)

"I found it quite a compelling, honest, and provocative read, with highly cinematic illustrations done in a combination of pen and ink, watercolour, and acrylics." --Allan MacInnis, Alienated In Vancouver

"In this striking mixture of fiction and history, Lester makes a compelling argument for the need to continue to speak to others through your political artwork. Along the way, of course, Lester also gives us a lot of great artwork, strong characterizations and a fascinating look into the way Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1933. Recommended." -- Brian Cronin, Comic Book Resouces (Los Angeles)

"... there’s a thematic depth and sense of ambition to The Listener that’s admirable. As Lester’s heroine tours museums and contemplates how art often fails to capture real atrocity, The Listener’s intellectual approach begins to reflect what it’s about."--A.V. Club, The Onion

"Louise is an extraordinary original. Speaking as a reviewer of comic art since 1970 and historian of comic art, in some way, for the last thirty years, I can say that no one has captured better this dilemma of the politically-inspired artist. An achievement all the more remarkable because the author-artist of this book has managed to place himself within a female protagonist, with perhaps as much skill as the scriptwriters (one of them, later blacklist victim and my own late friend, Ring Lardner, Jr.) was to manage for his friend, that great actress of spunky women, Katharine Hepburn." -- Paul Buhle, ZEEK: A Jewish Journal of Thought & Culture (San Francisco, CA)

"These stories are all compelling, especially the depiction of the propaganda engine of the Nazi Party in the early 1930s, which relies heavily on actual quotes from the principal players and the press of the day. I knew a little about how Hitler had manipulated the political system in Germany to achieve power, but I hadn't been aware of exactly how it was done before reading this book." -- James Fulton, Things I Like (Toronto)

"This is an amazing book. I loved both the pictures and the text, but was most impressed with how the stories were interwoven. I think this would make a very interesting book for discussion groups." -- Sarah Batchelder, Masters in Library Science, Goodreads (Tuscon, Arizona)

"Lester's novel feels like clippings from a travel diary, from snippets of conversation overheard through a hostel window to the sounds of lovemaking coming through the ceiling at night." -- Laura Janecka, This Magazine (Canada)

"Lester’s monochrome panels are lovely, bringing an emotional payload to all that heavy subject matter." -- Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

"...this affecting and thoughtful debut belongs on any grown-up comic bookshelf that also includes, say, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Alan Moore and Joyce Brabner’s Iran-Contra history, Brought to Light." -- Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

"Lester’s drawing is wonderfully expressive and the book is an intense and well-structured look at a forgotten pivotal moment in history..." -- BK Munn, Sequential (Canada)

"... an epic graphic novel that blends historical fiction, art, and politics... Combining a punk attitude with a refined vision and clear idea of the past..." -- Indie Street (Anacortes, WA)

"Lots of depth, lots of great imagery." -- Comic Attack (Los Angeles, CA)

"Just as Art Spiegelman juxtaposes his contemporary life and his father’s struggles during the Holocaust, Lester similarly contrasts the past and present." -- The Daily Californian (Berkeley, CA)

"The Listener is a good book for anyone who would be classified as either a history buff, an art buff, or a basic comic/graphic novel fan." -- Bernard C. Cormier (Nova Scotia)

"... a perfect theme for a melancholy and mature black and white graphic novel." -- ComicList (San Francisco, CA)

"As for Lester’s art, it sweeps across the pages, changing as if it is alive with his thoughts." -- Kristin Bomba, Comic Attack (Los Angeles, CA)

"The best thing about The Listener is its art." -- Joshua Malbin (Brooklyn, NY book blog)

Available from AK Press: http://www.akpress.org/2011/items/the...
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