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.
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.
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.
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.
...but it wasn't. I couldn't afford comic books as a kid, so I looked forward to going to the barber shop where I could find the latest issue and read about my favorite superhero. I selected this book looking forward to a serious treatment - instead I got an alternate reality superman. A different universe. Almost bizarro. Where was my SUPER hero? Far too much of the story was about a timid, country boob, who was so clueless he couldn't come to grips with 18 years of amazing "coincidences", and hadn't even talked to his parents about them. And because I eventually lost some interest, I didn't pay close enough attention to the constant flipping from one person's story to the next - and there were many. So I found myself asking, "who is this person he's talking about?" And don't get me going about the authors treatment of Lex Luther. Okay, I get the author wanted to give a different spin on an old story. It just wasn't an interesting spin.
Loves a good adventure with heart and lots of laughs.
It's Superman! Wait, you don't see him? Well, he doesn't appear in costume till about ten hours into the book. Sorry, but it's true. This book is a re-imagined origin story, but the main plot features more of Lex Luther's raise to power and Lois Lane's exboyfriend Willy Bird until about halfway through the book.
That's not to say that there weren't any gems, here. The beginning was great and the ending was golden, but the middle simply stretched on to long. Even devoted Superman fans might feel tested. This book was so all over the place in subplots that the risk of becoming to bored to continue was a real threat.
The gritty atmosphere of the late 1930's and beyond was interesting, but it's value began to wear off after various chapters that don't seem to lead anywhere appear and fade away. Do we really need to know all about Louis Lane's former roommate's love life? How many henchmen does Lex Luther need and does anyone really need to know all about their life stories? Not necessarily.
Fortunately, all that fluff is thrown in there with the good stuff. After the slow bits, I loved some of the thought in other chapters. How did Clark Kent discover he was Bulletproof or how did he get his job at the daily planet newspaper? What was Clark like when he got upset?
Parents also be warned; This book is pretty adult or at the least, young adult . Remember the story was to re-imagine Superman's origin story in a 1930s setting, warts and all...and there were a lot of warts.