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Download It's Superman! Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom De Haven Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keon | 2/19/2014

    " Frustrating. Good parts but it dragged. It's aiming for some thing more ambitious than a mere adventure but it was a chore to go through at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snotchocheez | 2/18/2014

    " Sometimes random library picks yield wonderful surprise reads; this was not one of them. Occasionally, "it's Superman!" delivered the goods: a tense, action-packed and faithful-to-the-comicbook retelling of Clark Kent's odyssey from Smallville, KS to meeting (and falling in love with) Lois Lane in NYC. More often than not, however, I found myself questioning the title of the book (shouldn't it be called "Where's Superman?" instead?) whenever it lapsed into over-lengthy character analyses of minor players or turned into a moody thought-piece trying to dissect Clark's psyche. Author Tom De Haven is a gifted writer, but sometimes his machinations waxed bombastic in favor of stylistic flourish, in lieu of meaty substance his protagonist(s) necessitated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/27/2014

    " This would get three and a half stars if that option were available but it's a book where rounding up feels more appropriate than down. I understand why there was so little action involved and even appreciate it, but I'd still like a little more Superman or Clark and a little less Willi Berg. The title is even misleading as this is truly an ensemble piece that makes Superman an ancillary character in his own story. If anything, I hoped that it would build to a point where it becomes evident that Superman is needed by the city as opposed the way it plays out. It works, though, because Clark discovers himself as the reader does. DeHaven crafts an immigrant's tale and creates a vivid tale of the 1930's. The Clark Kent from the last chapter is the title character at his most interesting, and I would enjoy an entire book that truly focuses on that dude instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/2/2014

    " I thought this book was great, the author kept it interesting but still simple enough that it really felt like a novelization of a graphic novel...Which makes little sense to me kind of. Also? I think I'm in love with Lois Lane. I'm pretty sure, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Martira | 12/29/2013

    " I remember reading this book when it came out in 2005 or 2006 and really liking it. Alas, I'm hesitant to give it 5 stars because I really don't remember any of the details. This was a time in my life when I would never have considered picking up a comic book, but this novel had me thinking about Superman and American heroes in a new way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 12/28/2013

    " Well written, as always and a great adventure of a young Clark Kent/Superman. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 11/11/2013

    " A slightly different take on Superman's origin; he's more human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Sowinski | 11/5/2013

    " Great Superman story. Having it take place in the 40's when Superman debuted gave this book a unique feel, unlike other Superman novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Pritchard | 10/23/2013

    " I read this several years ago. I mentioned it to a few comic book geeks I knew, but none of them expressed any interest in reading it. Even though you know what's going to happen, De Haven does a really good job of telling the story. I remember having a blast reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 9/16/2013

    " My anticipation for who and what Clark would become may have hindered my full enjoyment of this story. it lacked a big payoff. But the little moments do shine here. There's tons of charm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete | 9/16/2013

    " I'm not sure why the author decided to write this, because he doesn't appear to like Superman and his mythology at all. As a result, the novel is a slog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 3/21/2013

    " Very good book. The story of the dude before he became "The Dude". Tom De Haven is an excellent writer. A page turner from the start. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Navajojim | 11/10/2012

    " it sucks a big ol fat one, terrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Miller | 10/18/2012

    " Instant nostalgia. A coming-of-age story wrapped up in a superhero origin tale, this book features some very good writing and truly memorable moments. It seems ripe for a movie rendition but that isn't happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ira | 8/11/2012

    " This is a literary re-telling of the superman story set during the Great Depression. Clever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/17/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books. I had my husband get it for me for Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugh | 2/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but now almost a year later I can't remember a single interesting or outstanding thing about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasi | 9/30/2011

    " I know nothing about Superman other than what I have seen in movies but I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Superman's formative years. It is well written and engaging. I hope DeHaven writes more about his idea of Superman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adhitia Adrian | 6/12/2011

    " ngga baca sampe habis. sangat membosankan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Dutton | 5/27/2011

    " Close to five stars, except for the robots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 4/16/2011

    " I loved this novel and the author's sense of humor. Great POV on this iconic character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/31/2011

    " If anyone is making a new Superman movie, they should totally use this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 3/16/2011

    " Very good book. This is less about Superman and more about the period. I've definitely got a sense of the 1930's from this books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/15/2011

    " A very entertaining re-imagining of the Superman / Clark Kent mythos set in the early to mid 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimchi | 9/24/2010

    " I was never a fan of Superman, but that changed after I read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 7/17/2010

    " Excellent alternate telling of Clark Kent and his becoming Superman, meeting Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, etc. Quite enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 7/16/2010

    " It's Superman! is an entertaining read that fills the gaps in Superman's history, the time between leaving the farm, maturing and coming to the big city. I'll probably read it again in a year or so... "

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