Everyone knows how Kal-El (Superman) was sent to Earth before his planet exploded. Now Kevin J. Anderson unfolds the riveting backstory of this iconic superhero. The Last Days of Krypton is a sweeping tale of the politics and betrayals that blinded both heroes and villains to the disaster that would destroy Krypton. Bringing to life this lost world, with its famous cities and futuristic society, Anderson offers startling new insight into familiar characters, including Superman's parents, Jor-El and Lara; his enemies, including Brainiac; and Krypton's most dangerous villain, General Zod.
Filled with adventure, intrigue, and passion, this thrilling saga adds depth and color to the legend of this classic story and is sure to be the must-have book for comic fans of all ages.
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"Apocalypse Then...this Superman prequel is action-packed, depicting a lost world in fanatic detail." (Kirkus Reviews)
The story is great but the narrator is beyond horrible. Where do they get these people? I cringe at his one note whiny female characterizations and even when he reads background he overdoes it. I have to turn off my ipod a times because I just can't stand his juvenile reading style. I'm tempted to get the book and finish the story. Great audiobook, lousy narrator.
Keep in mind that stories of Superman and his family are all derived from comic books, thus do not expect great literature. I enjoyed the story, and it is true, most of the folks of Krypton went out their way to avoid conflict and confrontation, not unlike most of the folks on Earth, which then makes it easier for corrupt leaders to assume power. As a comics reader of the Superman family since the 1950s, I think the author did an adequate job picking and choosing from the many conflicting versions of events on Krypton. The reader did an excellent job, especially portraying the many girlie-men leaders of Krypton.
Regardless if you a fan of the Superman comics, movies, or television series; this Superman Prequel will not disappoint. I was surprised how the story picks up elements from all prior Superman mythos and makes them into something exciting and original. The narrator is superb, his readings of Zod were exceptionally good. Even if you do not like Superman, this is still a fantastic Sci-Fi story about an alien world trying to move past predigest and prevent the inevitable destruction of their entire civilization.
I really enjoyed the story as I have with many other titles by this author. However, I should have followed my instinct and stopped listening to this as an audiobook early on and just picked up the hard copy. This narrator is quite annoying in his attempts to "act" the book (poorly) rather than just read it. Will avoid other titles with this Narrator.
The main plot of the book is very interesting, with several surprise twists that kept me listening. However, the dialog that the narrator had to work with is so bad, you want to gag. Anderson does a great job of exploring one (of many) possible prequels to the Superman saga. Many unanswered questions are fleshed out in an interesting way that is in keeping with the rest of the story. Character development, however, is almost nonexistent and relies on overused stereotypes. Only get this if you are a die-hard Superman fan!
This has got to be one of the worst audiobooks that I have ever heard. It sounds like it was written for a child. The narrator is so wrong for this story. I have very much enjoyed the other books by Kevin J. Anderson, especially the Saga of Seven Suns. Stay away from this audiobook and get Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns, which is one of the best scifi series that I have ever read.
This is the worst book I have ever listened to. It is a train wreck. While the author had a number of versions of Krypton to knit together the end result is a pathetic planet full of lemmings heading for their inevitable doom. Insipid and uninteresting characters abound and the villains are banal at best.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
sure, it helped the drive to Atlanta.
Some names of characters did not match the movies or the comics.
the narrator tried too hard on the female voices.
Not really, the classic movies have been fazed out of continuity and the new movies and comics do not match the story at all.
I really couldn't believe that this was written by K. Anderson. I've enjoyed many of his other works and to think that this is the same author who gave us the Sage of the Seven Suns is just hard to believe. Unless, Mr. Anderson, decided to write "a children's book" and this is the result.Could be, I guess, since the narration belongs in a Saturday Morning Library Reading Room where eager tweens sit around and listen to a condescending volunteer reader who turns pages to show pictures as they over-emote.Did I like it? Nope. Would I like it if someone else had read it? Nope.
I listened to about half of the book before I couldn't take any more. I can't give specifics without giving spoilers, I wish I had my credit back. That should say enough.
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