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Superman: The Never-Ending Battle (Justice League of America) Audio CD – September 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
The subtitle inclines one to believe that Superman and the Justice League are up against an indestructible and ceaseless force in this full-cast production. In an ironic twist, that foe turns out to be the weather. With each of the heroes' cities besieged by tornadoes, blizzards, gigantic hail and lighting storms, Superman must rally and lead the Justice League to victory by determining who or what is manipulating the weather. Narrator Richard Rohan (who also directed the production) drives the story with a commanding voice that uses speed and emphasis to create momentum and intensity within the story. With an energetic soundtrack of sound effects, listeners will certainly feel the excitement generated by this compelling production. A Pocket Star paperback. (Oct.)
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"Very entertaining! [Graphic Audio] always gets the voices right on the money for the characters. Great story!" -- Christopher Woods
"First one in the series that I watched (in my mind), and it is the perfect one to start off with. Good sound, very good character development; although it is about Superman, we get the story of most of the JLA. The story is deep enough, and effects special enough to have a high repeatability rating for me also. I can see listening to this every once in a while." -- Mitchell Nelson
"You will not be disappointed in picking this one up. The background on Superman and other characters was creatively done and pulled us into the story even more. I'm hooked on the Flash and Green Lantern characters." -- John Newport
"The best attribute in Roger Stern's work is his heart. His stories tend to be rooted in the decency of heroes -- his heroes have HEART, as it were. When Stern left Marvel for DC, he brought that style with him to the Superman titles." -- Brian Cronin
The sensory romp that is Graphic Audio s Justice League of America series returns with the most well-known superhero of them all, the Man of Steel. In this installment, directed by Richard Rohan and adapted from the original story by Dan Smith, a terrorist manipulates the weather so as to render the JLA ineffective against his supreme power. Featuring a grand cast, including Michael Glenn, Tim Carlin, Faith Potts, and Michael John Casey, to name a few, the production springs to life with a movie-in-your-mind experience. Realistic sound effects, over-the-top production values, and a rousing score combine to make this audiobook a standout in the fantasy genre. L.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009] --© AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2009]
The subtitle inclines one to believe that Superman and the Justice League are up against an indestructible and ceaseless force in this full-cast production. In an ironic twist, that foe turns out to be the weather. With each of the heroes' cities besieged by tornadoes, blizzards, gigantic hail and lighting storms, Superman must rally and lead the Justice League to victory by determining who or what is manipulating the weather. Narrator Richard Rohan (who also directed the production) drives the story with a commanding voice that uses speed and emphasis to create momentum and intensity within the story. With an energetic soundtrack of sound effects, listeners will certainly feel the excitement generated by this compelling production. --Publishers Weekly 2009
Top customer reviews
This one on Superman is the most balanced so far in terms of time spent with each of the members of the Justice League. While it's focus is on Superman, the others do get their own time instead of quick cameos. I recommend it as the first title in the series to listen to.
I highly recommend this series of audio books from Graphic Audio for anyone who is a fan of comic books and the DC Universe. As an audio book, you can't ask for anything more in the experience.
Duration: 6 hours
GraphicAudio promises "A Movie In Your Mind" and they come awfully close with 29 actors, special effects, music and a go-go-go plot. While not the best of the Justice League series that I have listened to, it was still quite entertaining.
Superman and the rest of the Justice League get caught up in a series of weather-related missions and about one-third of the way into the story the JLA begins to suspect that someone is manipulating the weather - summertime blizzards, ultra-thick fogs, record numbers of tornadoes, droughts and even worse abound. The questions, of course, are who is doing this and why are they doing it?
The main characters in this mission are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Martian Manhunter and the Atom who mostly sits in the satellite headquarters monitoring maps and analyzing data. Superman, though, is the star.We get to see how he he somehow pulls off having a secret identity and still has time to be the "Man of Steel." We learn about his specially designed interest to the apartment he shares with his wife, Lois Lane and how he manages to turn in his assignments for the Daily Planet despite the time he takes out to save the world on a regular basis.
Superman has long conversations with his parents, Lois Lane, The Flash (including a nifty little cross-country run together), the Martian Manhunter, Batman and a particularly good one with the Green Lantern in which he is directly asked if he has ever considered just taking over the world and using his powers to make things about as good as they can be. The answer? Yes (who wouldn't, just for a moment?) but he looks to the example of George Washington who turned down the chance to be king twice (for that his old opponent George III called him the greatest man in the world). Superman even philosophizes to the villain in the story about why he fights for the rights of people to lead their own lives, even if they do not appreciate him.
Really, the plot is just an excuse to look at Superman, his life, his fears and how he moves past them, his influences, his philosophy and how he inspires and supports the rest of the Justice League. Batman is intriguing and the Flash is fun but Superman, the original Boy Scout superhero, is really the foundation of the whole phenomenon. He is what we would all hope that we would be if we were suddenly endowed with super powers. Listen to this one for a boatload of action, but mostly listen to this one as an homage to Krypton's Last Son and also a humble Kansas farm boy - Superman.