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Go Set a Watchman
- A Novel
- By: Harper Lee
- Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
- Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman
- By Sara on 07-15-15
An adult morality tale of grey
I found this a mature book of thoughts (a little less on plot). The ideas are more adult as characters have to live in a real world of greys. I love, I mean love, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, but it fits more a child's world of black and white morality while this book tackles realistic people with all their multitude of facets. Due to some inconsistencies with TKAM, this is more a companion novel than a true sequel. Also, Ms. Witherspoon is a fantastic narrator.
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- By: Tom De Haven
- Narrated by: Scott Brick
- Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this 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.
- By G. Bledsoe on 12-24-06
The narrator redeems this audiobook experience
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This listening experience of this audiobook was the best part of reading this book. If it had not been for Scott Brick's charming performance of this novel, I would have put the novel down almost halfway through it.
Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?
Scott Brick did a fantastic job with the Midwestern voice given to most of the characters from Smallville, but Brick really shined with the one character I felt the author got right: Lex Luthor.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was very disappointed in a novel called "It's Superman!" that barely had the titular character in the story. The supposedly major characters felt like underdeveloped supporting characters while De Haven spent much of his time developing the original "supporting" cast, who felt more like the main characters.
Any additional comments?
This is definitely a novel to avoid if you are hoping to read a novel about Superman. I would rather recommend "The Last Days of Krypton" by Kevin J. Anderson.
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