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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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    Donald Roberts 03-24-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a baby boomer of 55. I went to Sam Rayburn High in Pasadena Tx. Retired from City of Houston Tx. Water Dept.

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    "Long Time Fans be Warned"

    Yes, I get that this is supposed to be a different take on The Man of Steel but the Clark character in this tale is just too melancholy to my liking. He never feels like he is a part of the Kent family or of Earth for that matter. He is an alien . I get that but as an adopted from birth baby with Cerebral Palsy myself I find this puzzling. I found Lois as a character to be right on point. There should be no disappointment for long time fans here. The Kents themselves instead of giving Clark a sense of direction for his life seemed continually lost . It makes one wonder where their moral or ethical center was. The most interesting and best portrayed character of the book was Lex Luthor himself. Grandly voiced by the Reader of this book but as exceptional as he was overall even he could not save this depressing, gloomy story. So longtime Superman Fans you have been warned!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul H. 02-11-17
    Paul H. 02-11-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story for real Superman Fans!"

    A different twist on a familiar character. I grew up on Superman and read the comics since the early 60s. I love the way that the author treated his emergence in this story. Lex Luthor was an awesome character, exquisitely evil. Write another one Tom DeHaven!

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    John J Homola 01-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not My Superman"

    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.

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    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 01-04-17
    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 01-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Smallville Noir"

    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.

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    Aaron 07-27-16
    Aaron 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extra! Hometown kid makes good, becomes Super-man."



    I enjoyed the story and vintage feel that the author has successfully captured. I also enjoyed this take on Superman's origins.

    Set in, and written in the tone of, the mid 1930's. "It's Superman" reads like a comic book story, with robots and the classic villain (who looked a lot like Gene Hackmann to me ;-) ). It reminded me of the glitz of the silver screen (picture original Superman) and urban/rural settings of the pre-war, WPA depression era of the 30's.

    DeHaven does a good job of creating a mostly believable backstory, and integrates it with all the supporting characters we are familiar with. I do not read comics, and am not a big fan of Super-Hero books, but I enjoyed this one.

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    Robbie 05-31-15
    Robbie 05-31-15
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    "Amazing!"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 02-21-15
    Amazon Customer Spring Valley, CA, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2005

    Ray M.

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    "Hurrah for Superman"

    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!

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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.

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    Keith Alexandria, VA, USA 05-02-07
    Keith Alexandria, VA, USA 05-02-07
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    "Interesting view of Superman & life in the '30s"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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