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I believe the trick to enjoying this book for what it is, is to forget every preconceived notion you have about superheroes in general and Superman specifically. This book feels epic in nature in that it spans several generations and goes through the rise and fall of several futuristic governments.
I think it might have been better named "The Coming of Age of Superman" and it could have ended for me about 2/3 of the way through. I had to learn the hard way to forget everything I knew about Superman. The author chose to give his Superman character the name of Jimmy in the first portion of the book, and I kept thinking it was Jimmy Olsen they were talking about for the longest time until it was finally explained that Jimmy was just the name he was using during this chapter in his life. Of all the names in the universe to choose, I wondered why he would choose Jimmy, the young photographer from the old TV series and movies I grew up watching.
Superman starts out as kind of a dick at first and slowly learns to grow up after 3000+ years of life. Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away - you can enjoy the story just fine knowing this because it's artfully written, and I'm telling you perhaps 10 minutes of an hours-long story. I should mention that I was provided with a copy of this book for an honest review.
This story is certainly a departure from the original hero we are used to, and I'd call it an alternate universe version of how things might have been. The author chose to write about more than just about Superman. You'll see when you read it since I don't want to spoil it for you. It's a fun ride if you stop trying to compare it to anything you know already.
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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
So, I really enjoyed this book. The narrator is quite talented, and creates a great listening experience with vocal effects. Now, the story, is one that, in order to enjoy, you must completely ignore everything you remember about Superman from the movies and DC Comics. This is NOT that guys tale. Think of this book as an alternate take on who Superman REALLY is. The story implies that the COMIC BOOK Superman persona is a diversionary tactic to keep attention away from this immortal being. I actually found this book to be quite thought provoking. It really makes you think about concepts like mortality and immortality and loss of everything around you as the years flow by. If you can disconnect yourself from what you know about Superman and listen to this with an open mind, I think you will really enjoy this well written, and well narrated book.
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