It’s Superman!

By Tom DeHaven
Directed by Stefan Rudnicki
Read by Scott Brick

16.72 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
Format:
  • Regular Price: $24.95

    Special Price $7.00

    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781538463611

  • Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    ISBN: 9780786165476

  • Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    ISBN: 9780786173174

The world’s most popular and enduring superhero comes together with the talents of acclaimed novelist Tom De Haven to recreate the early years of the Man of Steel. 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 supervillains inspired by fascists. This fun and fast paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapes, ill fitting costumes, and supersized, coming-of-age angst is sure to appeal to devoted fans. 

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award

The world’s most popular and enduring superhero comes together with the talents of acclaimed novelist Tom De Haven to recreate the early years of the Man of Steel.

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 supervillains inspired by fascists.

This fun and fast paced novel of thrilling invention, heroic escapes, ill fitting costumes, and supersized, coming-of-age angst is sure to appeal to devoted fans. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Scott Brick gives a super performance…[He] smoothly handles the novel’s descriptive passages, loaded with historical and pop culture references to create an authentic sense of time and place. His characterizations are spot on…This is an audiobook not to be missed.” Publishers Weekly (starred review) 
“Tom De Haven’s realistic story explores how a nervous Superboy becomes a confident Superman in a very adult story…Brick’s trademark delivery, with sentences ending in upturned final syllables, works well in this story of a fumbling Clark Kent learning to shed his Smallville skin.” AudioFile
“This is a thrilling re-invention of a pop culture legend, and Brick reads with great comic book panache. He employs long conversational pauses for dramatic effect and makes pulp fiction a pure delight.” Kliatt
“De Haven…has added a sophisticated, well-rounded, and compelling addition to the Superman genre. In particular, he has an eye for authentic setting and character…proof that Superman’s appeal has withstood the test of time.” Bookmarks Magazine

Reviews

Reviews

by WT Sharpe 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Very enjoyable and original take on the legend.

Scott Brick did an excellent job as narrator.

This is a rather lengthy book with a 16 hours and 42 minutes running time, which isn't too surprising given that the paperback weighs in at 432 pages. Although somewhat slow-paced, it's very good, and the author's frequent insertion of real people and brand names common to the 1930s instills the feeling in the reader of being right there in the midst of the depression era in which the story unfolds. Like Siegel and Shuster's original creation, and unlike recent incarnations, this Clark Kent is not a god. When hit by a bullet, he is bruised. When caught in an explosion, he is dazed and bleeds.

There were some aspects of Clark I didn't like. The moral development of this stereotypical country bumpkin was slow. Although a "B" student, he acts at times like a "D" student. He wishes he was smarter; as smart as he is strong.

I really did not like the way Lois was portrayed in this book. She was shallow, mean, and if I'd been Clark, I'd have been tempted to use my heat vision to show her that her tail-feathers could be even hotter than she thought they were already.

All in all, however, a very enjoyable book that sought it's inspiration in the Superman of the late 30s/early 40s.

Author

Author Bio: Tom De Haven

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English