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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Customer Reviews

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What a Start

Excellent 'different' take on the origins of Superman without the nice family values of the 50's. Can honestly say this is one I couldn't turn off, however the ending was a little bit of a let down.
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- Derek

Not quite a waste of time

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.

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- Ian

Book Details

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