It's Superman!

  • by Tom De Haven
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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It's Superman!

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.
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- G. Bledsoe


This novel is extraordinary.
On long journeys as a representative for my company I have listened to many audio books, my favorites have been "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell and "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon (both unabridged). A third now joins these two, "It's Superman" by Tom DeHaven.
If it is the superman of the comic books, the big screen action hero you admire then this book is not for you, for this is a complete and utter reinvention of the superman mythos. Gone is the broadly drawn world of Smallville and Metropolis and the cast of one dimensional characters, instead we have Clark Kent, a boy learning to be a man, a person set apart searching for a place in the world.
If it is action and heroics you desire, then you will not be disappointed, but be warned in this superman, action is not the star.
This is a character driven story. The four main players, Clark Kent, Willie - replacing the Aw Shucks, Gee Whiz Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, are all exquisitely drawn complex human beings.
The writer takes us on an epic journey through the backwaters of 1930's USA to a New York placed at the centre of the world.
Through the trails and tribulations of the four main characters (and an inspired cast of bit players), the writer weaves a complex plot, slowly but surely bringing all the various threads masterfully together, leaving us at a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
This story is about friendship, love, redemption, life and purpose. It is about growing into adulthood and all the difficulties this implies.
The pace of the narration is perfectly pitched.
Through the voice of the narrator, the characters are fully realized, a place in time is established. The nuance of conversation between characters is outstanding.
This is superman as I always hoped it could be, but never was. I loved this book, why did it have to end?
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.