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It's Superman! Audiobook

It's Superman!

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed novelist Tom De Haven recreates the early years of the Man of Steel - the world's most popular and enduring superhero.

Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, the novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

This fun and fast-paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapes, ill-fitting costumes, and super-sized, coming-of-age angst is sure to appeal to devoted fans.

©2005 DC Comics; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Comic noir with a super-keen edge, in De Haven's best book yet." (Kirkus Reviews)
"One of the finest interpretations of Superman in any medium." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Delightful....De Haven's cartoon world will entertain readers for a long time to come." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Jeremiah 08-14-14
    Jeremiah 08-14-14
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    "Good not Great"
    What did you like best about It's Superman!? What did you like least?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Adding actors, sound effects and music made a different version of this story unforgettable. I wish I could find that version through Audible.com.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, it is a great start to having fun with "RE-imagining" the story of Superman.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Laurinburg, NC, USA 07-28-09
    Joey Laurinburg, NC, USA 07-28-09
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    "Excellent! But not for Kids at All"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. Wilson Lebanon, PA 09-28-16
    J. A. Wilson Lebanon, PA 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tries Too Hard"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ethan hudson falls, NY, United States 09-15-16
    ethan hudson falls, NY, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it's ok"

    Where does Clark get his money from before he starts working for the Daily Planet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 09-05-16
    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice period-piece"

    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.

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    William Stanger Philadelphia, PA USA 08-28-16
    William Stanger Philadelphia, PA USA 08-28-16 Member Since 2008
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    "What was that?"

    Despite an excellent performance, the story falls flat and goes nowhere. Superman deserves better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean C. Kilgore 08-24-16
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    "Not the Superman you know."

    Interesting twist and I liked it but most fans of the man of steel will hate it.

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    rene55 08-19-16
    rene55 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it was a fun twist on the old Superman tail.."

    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.

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    Ken 08-19-16
    Ken 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""SUPER" sorry couldn't help myself"

    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

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    Daniel Encinitas, CA, United States 08-16-16
    Daniel Encinitas, CA, United States 08-16-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the Superman I grew up on."

    A different take on the Superman story. Scott Birck does an outstanding reading. A least Lois Lane and Lex Luthor are familiar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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