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Be forewarned: This is not written with the same continuity or sensibilities of any recent Superman movie or comic. The team of Tom De Haven and Scott Brick have made the Superman story new again with a creditable feel for the time and culture of America in the mid-1930's. Sometimes naive, sometimes rather violent (this is not for younger listeners), the story is told with style, sympathy and grace. De Haven writes this book in third person-present tense which places the listener in an unusual relationship to the story. Scott Brick handles regional accents and makes distinctions between male and female characters effortlessly. His phrasing as the omniscient narrator smacks of newsreel and radio announcers. This book is different and all the more interesting and enjoyable for it.
58 of 60 people found this review helpful
One wouldn't expect a book based on a comic book character to be a good slow read, but this one is. Scott Brick was definitely the right reader for this one.
If you are expecting a "canonical" Superman novel, you are going to be upset. There is no "Metropolis" other than Manhattan, the movie, and a photo exhibit. Clark's Mom doesn't make The Suit. It's not even 30's canonical, although there are a couple of sly references to the first issue of Action Comics. (Bonus points to the author for how well the iconic cover shot is worked into the story.)
But Clark is more human in this story than any other I've read, seen, or watched.
Amusingly, my non-comic-fan wife also enjoyed it.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It was a distracting noise but little more. The story kept me going as I was expecting something cool to happen but alas I was disappointed.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending was not spectacular. It's a shame as with a character like Superman one can have a lot of fun.
What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?
Not particularly horrible.
Any additional comments?
This wasn't a bad book but in my fanboy opinion, it devoted far too much time to how Clark was feeling etc and far too little time to cool super power stuff. Also Clark's friend Willy wasn't particularly likeable so it just ended up being a story about a guilt ridden super boy and his depressing, selfish friend. Having said all that however, there is something about it which kept me reading. In short, it's worth listening to if you are at a loose end but don't expect a magical adventure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well that was a long slog. Over embellished, plain boring & not enough actual Superman. It should have been called 'It's everyone but Superman!' I understand the narrator was trying to present a comic book style but it was hard to listen to for the whole book.