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.

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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

Slow but Steady

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.
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- Cather

Book Details

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