Fantastic and very original retelling of the Superman origin and legend. Very modern and beleivable; I truly believe "a man can fly" after this novel. Lots of details in character's names and locations that only a true Superman Fan (like me) would understand and that really makes it fun. Be warned, however, this is NOT a kids book, but it has be placed in the Audible Kids section. It is a very adult novel with adult themes and frank sexuality and language, including references to homosexuality; don't think that this is something you can play for your children to entertain them. They will get more of an education than you anticipated! I find it sad that because it is a "Superman" book, it was automatically placed under Kids Section; shows you how little most people really know about comics and comics characters and that the medium has both youthful and adult audiences.
After about two hours into this book you will probably realize that this is not your traditional superman - man of virtue and steel, nor is Lois Lane the modern, charming yet moral person.
First, Clark Kent is a rather weak minded individual. His actual role in the book is very limited. One thing is certain Clark Kent is a self-proclaimed atheist - "I don't believe there is a God" - exactly what would expect from our superhero. But what else should we expect when early on we are told Clark's father is a pagan.
My dear Lois is a fairly loose woman, having sexual encounters with at least 3 different men, but not Clark. If fact Lois sleeps with a guy who is to be Clark's best friend. Sleeps with another guy who is to be the husband of one of Lois's best friend. And lets not forget the older professor. Of course as Lois says "A modern girl should have experiences with a variety of men, including older men"
The only thing that draws you into this story is the excellent narration and the hope that the story will actually take you somewhere.
The narration is awesome and really the only redeeming quality of this book.
This is a very different version of a Superman origin story, the twist being that it is set in a realistic version of the 1930s. And, boy, is this novel set in the 1930s. There are books written IN the 1930s, written ABOUT the 1930s that are not set in the 1930s nearly as much as this book is. You could pick up "The Grapes of Wrath" after reading this book and you'd say, "Gee, I wonder what decade this novel is set in? I can't tell, because Steinbeck doesn't mention Benny Goodman every three f---ing pages."
It is obvious that Tom De Haven did a tremendous amount of research about the 1930's before writing this book. But it would have been better if he had left some of out. He name-checks nearly every celebrity who lived during the period. This gets annoying early on and become intolerable later. Plot points and character backgrounds frequently exist for the sole purpose of dropping the names of minor jazz players or historical personages from the WPA. There is a minor plot-line in "It's Superman" about people going around the country to write a travel guide and this is very much what "It's Superman" is------ a travel guide to the United States in the 1930s, with lots and lots of local color.
The actual Superman story here IS intermittently interesting. But there just isn't very much of it. This book is more interested in 1930's music than it is in the characters of Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. As a result it never really comes together into a coherent novel.
Scott Brick gives a pretty good read. He does great 1930's characterizations.
This is a humanized version of the Superman myth, taking place during the depression. It's a creative re-imagining of the story, and seems to do a good job capturing that period of American history. I have mixed feelings about it. The point of myths and comic-books is not to be realistic, but to give voice to our hopes, dreams and sense of justice. In that sense the "what if a superhero were just a real person" story seems a betrayal of the concept. On the other hand, it is well done and well thought out. I enjoyed listening to it.
Despite an excellent performance, the story falls flat and goes nowhere. Superman deserves better.
Good book put you back in the 1930s. Made Superman more human and flawed than I've ever known. "Not that I'm an expert on the subject" Gave you a "Great Gatsby" feel.
I truly enjoyed this audio book. The story was new to me and refreshing as were the characters development.
Mr brick gave a fine performance he complimented the performance without overshadowing the story.
The quality of the audio was excellent
A different take on the Superman story. Scott Birck does an outstanding reading. A least Lois Lane and Lex Luthor are familiar.