I really tried to enjoy this as a different slant on Superman. Knowing it wasn't going g to be the usual good/guy bad/guy story I was prepared it give it a chance.
Strike 1. Brick is just that as a reader a brick. Sing song and misplaced inflections.. Several pauses and in every sentence and stop-go pacing that is annoying.
Strike 2. Not a likeable character in the novel including Kent's parents portrayed as dirt farmers.
This could have been a stand alone noir novel instead of a makeover of an already phenomenally great story.
This is a 1930s re-imagining so the Superman mythos, not like the modern story you likely know, but is also a very different thing to the original 1930s Superman. All the standards are there - Lois, Lex, the Kents, a certain red haired photographer pal. But none are quite like you know them (Jonathan Kent dying is not the impetus for Clark leaving for once!). It's a fresh take that in constantly entertaining, although sometimes frustrating. The changes in characters personalities is a double edged sword - it makes it something different from the same old story you know, but can also annoy people who find the characters too different (with the main one being Clarke himself - unsure of himself, less "must follow the rules Boy scout", and actually lacking agency for much of the book).
The story is more "Smallville TV series" than "Superman Movie", with Clark being out of the suit and inexperienced with his powers for much of the book. The tights do turn up (with a good explanation of why they are what they are) as does Superman, but not until later in the book. Superman himself is also closer to the original concept, strong but not earth shattering, can fly but not at super high speeds. He's powers are much more toned down compared to his modern incarnation.
Also note this book is NOT G or PG rated. It's Superman, but not for kids. It's noir, with gangsters and killing and sex.
Narrator Scott Brick is... well, Scott Brick. I've never heard of a more divisive narrator. People love him or hate him. I'm on the love him side, although I do find him better for non-fiction, but your mileage may vary. He is clear and crisp, well paced and highly engaging while basically disappearing into the book. While he doesn't do character voices (something I usually prefer) he does emote for the characters well and keeps them differentiated. Never had an issue knowing who was speaking and what was going on. He is easy to listen to without ever "taking over" the book and drawing you out of it, or allowing you to be distracted.
I love and am a huge fan of superman! To hear Tom de Havens interpretation of Clark Kents growth is amazing! I recommended this to any
Super hero fans! Scott Brick voice is energetic. He is an amazing narrator. I would love to hear more Superman and other super hero books brought to life!
What a fun book! I admit to being a big fan of comic books but I have never been a huge fan of Superman. I always had a hard time with the fact that he is virtually invincible. But I took a chance because I was looking for something diverting (I had just slogged through a couple of long nonfiction works) and I am very glad I did. Scott Brick does his usual fine job of bringing characters to life and the pacing of this novel was very comic book like. It proceeds quickly and Superman's dual identity, as a man and an extraterrestrial, is actually quite compelling. This is not great literature but it doesn't pretend to be. What it is is a fine story, expertly narrated and of the ideal length for long commutes. I'm hoping for more like this!
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.
I am a Superman fan from the age of 2. When I tied a red towel around my neck, assumed the Superman pose of fists on hips, and pronounced in kid-speak, "I, Supe!" (Even have a photo my parents took that day on my desk!)
"It's Superman" is an interesting take on the Superman mythos. The author really humanizes Clark and places the character back in his roots of the 1930s, when originally conceptualized by Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster. The story shows the struggles of Clark as he evolves into Superman and the influences of his friends and family as well as the era helped mold him into the super hero he becomes.
My only critique and warning is the book starts slowly (for character development), but eventually gains momentum and becomes well worth the listen.
Despite an excellent performance, the story falls flat and goes nowhere. Superman deserves better.
The story sounded like Tom spent quite a bit of time researching the era and getting the speech patterns and details right. The quality of the writing is great, but the story left me wanting far more. I kept expecting more and more Superman and was disappointed almost every time.
I don't know how many other novels there may be on Superman and I haven't read any of them. I've only read the comics, watched the movies, cartoons, etc.
Reading the description of the book, I was lead to believe it'd be all about Superman. Following him from Kansas as it stated... We'll, I think it was less than 42% with him in it. It covered Lex, WIlly, Lois, all sorts of other things that I personally didn't care about. There wasn't too much on the finding out of his powers, it seemed more like he touched on it in passing.
Maybe I missed the point of this novel and maybe if I read other Superman novels it would be different. In my eyes, when you have someone like Superman you're writing about, people want to read about Superman.
Scott Brick, great job as always.
Everything changes. Everything is connected. Pay attention.
Scott Brick almost saves an otherwise awful story. Almost but not quite. Badly written, repetitive and predictable. Flat, undeveloped characters in a plot that barely limps along. The only saving grace seems to be that the author seems to know the period well. Though he manages to waste this with long and pointless lists of celebrities. I am left feeling that my favorite superhero has been badly used.
Coming from a big superman fan, the story is well written. I own a version on CD and now this one.
Unfortunately my CD version has actors and music which was awesome, but this one is simply a man reading it. It was a let down but maybe I had too much hope from my previous experience.
Adding actors, sound effects and music made a different version of this story unforgettable. I wish I could find that version through Audible.com.
Yes, it is a great start to having fun with "RE-imagining" the story of Superman.