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Green Lantern: Hero's Quest (Justice League of America (Graphic Audio)) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dennis O'Neil , Richard Rohan
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Mar 2009 Justice League of America (Graphic Audio)
They are the world's greatest super heroes, fighting endiessly against corruption and injustice. Each of them alone is a formidable opponent of evil, but banded together their powers are unmatched. Every ready, they stand united as the Justice League Of America. When college dropout Kyle Rayner unexpectedly becomes heir to the incalculable power of the spacefaring Green Latern Corps, he finds the life of a costumed vigilante isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his teammates in the Justice League, the newest Green Lantern is drawn into a temporal maelstrom that reveals not only the fate of his friends, but his own link to a legacy that spans past, present, and future.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Graphic Audio; Unabridged edition (Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599505401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599505404
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 16.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,787,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a career in comics spanning five decades, Dennis O'Neil was for years a group editor at DC Comics and the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the 1980s and '90s, helping to return the charcater to his roots as a dark, mysterious gothic avenger. As a freelance writer and journalist, O'Neil has produced several novels and works of nonfiction, as well as hundreds of comics, teleplays and short stories, including the bestselling Bantarn novel, Batman: Knightfall and his critically acclaimed Green Lantern comics, Hard-Travelling Heroes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Below Par Green Lantern Audio Adventure 10 Mar 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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CD Info.
6xCDS, Running time 7 hours approx.

Kyle Raynor never intended on becoming a hero yet a chance encounter with a extraterrestrial being gives him possession of a powerful ring which gives Kyle godlike abiltys.

Kyle Raynor becomes the new Green Lantern & teams up with the JLA but has yet has yet to prove himself to it's key member's of Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman.

That chance to prove his dedication & commitment will soon become a reality as Green Lantern upon arriving at JLA headquarters finds that the member's of the Justice League have disappeared & Kyle is the only member who can seemingly solve this mystery who's journey will take him to the very end of the univese as he attempts to save his new friends & every living species in the universe from total annihilation.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is quite a poor audiobook that starts off reasonably well as we hear Kyle learning to master the rings abilities, But then the story goes completely off the rails suffering from padding & not a lot really happening leaving this viewer nodding off on more than one occasion.

I also found the ending of this story to be a very anticlimactic ending that didn't have any emotional delivery I found the ending more of a "Is that it" scenario.

There's far to much science jargon in this story that makes little sense as this is a very science heavy arc story & most of the time it seems to just waffle on about random inconsistencies.

I also prefer the Hal Jordan take on the Green Lantern character not Kyle Raynor & for me this audiobook just didn't deliver anything special which is a shame as I have found Graphic Audio to usually deliver high quality audiobooks on DC & Marvel adaptions yet even there magic can't rescue this story's dire incoherent plot no matter how great the cast, Sound effects & music are.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HONEY, TIME TO WAKE UP 26 July 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pop quiz GREEN LANTERN fans, select one of the three options below which you beleive best relates to what you would do if: YOU WERE GIVEN A GREEN LANTERN RING. Would you: A: Decline the ring as being something you could not handle. B: Take on the mantle of the Green Lantern and fight for truth, justice and the Oaian way? Or, C: Take a long nap. If you're Kyle Rayner, the latest incarnation of GREEN LANTERN (and soon to be replaced by Hal Jordan in the comics), "C" is your choice. Kyle sleeps a lot in this book. Whenever O'Neil needs to pass time, he simply has Kyle "sleep on it" and wake up several hours later to help move the plot (what little of it there is) along. I'm not sure what O'Neil had in mind when he started this book, but by the time it ends, you're lost... just what happned and why is a complete mystery. I can fault O'Neil for not really trying, I can fault O'Neil for laying in a rather novel and cool idea about the Green Lanterns and then dropping it, but I can not fault him for being stuck with Kyle. A poor choice for a Green Lantern to begin with, he was created to "speak" the average comic reader... an artist with "real problems", living in the "real world" suddenly finding himself part of a larger more complex world of superheros, villians and alien goo-gaa's. Kyle is a dud from the first word and O'Neil doesn't so much try to write around it, but instead tries to cut right through it... and it just doesn't work. And having the book in first person helps us to get into the mind of Kyle, but it does cut us off from the larger plot and grand ideas (since Kyle knows NOTHING!, we know nothing, and anything that has a hint of sparkle is quickly passed over by Kyle as out of his mental abilities), as well as the rest of the JLA. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Physics, Existentialism and Meta-Physics? 23 July 2005
By David Hood - Published on Amazon.com
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2.5 stars

To me, Hal Jordan will always be Green Lantern. However I found the beginning of this work fairly strong. Kyle is endearing as a slacker and a loser who ends up with the ring. He's presented pretty well in having difficulties dealing with the ring and the rest of the JLA. It is a bit off-putting though to return to the alleged origin and see his best friend the Flash sneering at him for being irresponsible.

After we get rid of the rest of the JLA by magic, which is the one major suspension of disbelief the reader must get over in every one of these solo JLA novels, Kyle must rise to the occasion.

He does of course, but the story veers crazily at this point into a melange of hard-sf physics, meta-physics and existentialism. Rather than doing much of anything, Kyle engages in lengthy socratic dialogues with his Oan mentor and philosophizes on reality, immortality, the rights and responsibilities of power and on change. Now many of these things should be included in a superhero novel to elevate it above mere action but here it is overdone and done poorly.

The ending is also inadequate and very unbelievable. Other nonsense includes the idea that Oans created superheroes 10 years ago. Ok, sure, there are many different realities in the DC metaverse, but this is a series and the series must remain consistent. In this case we already have 3 generations of Flashes so this 10 years is nonsense.

Even as a standalone book, taken apart from the rest of the series the liberties taken with "known history" would be jarring and less than acceptable.

What I always loved about Green Lantern was the power of the ring that needed to be used with such creativity. Sadly we get little of that here as O'Neil one of the premier GL writers turns it into a hard-sf universe building novel mixed in with meta-physics, and existential philosophy.

To sum it up, the origin story and the hilarious satire of the action-adventure genre at the start was good. The last half was badly wanting.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as expected 17 April 2005
By mmsjohns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually don't leave reviews, but I feel I have to for this novel just because it's gotten panned so badly. I really have no idea what everybody else is talking about -- the novel is extremely character driven. Because it is written from the first person, we get a very detailed account of who Kyle is. The other characters are also presented in very clear detail. Batman, in particular, is very sharply defined considering how often he's around.

Yes, Kyle's origin has been rewritten - but it's made clear that this is an alternate reality. It won't change your life, but it's not so terrible it deserves to be obliterated. I myself am a huge Kyle fan and found it very entertaining. It was great to see a novelization of his character, and I enjoyed it despite his new background story. The only major con I found was the fact that there is so much science talk being thrown around. It can get a bit confusing. But I also found Kyle's quirky and geek boy first person narration made it bearable. I would definitely consider it worth the cover price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An oddly mixed bag 12 Feb 2007
By David C. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
1. O'Neil should know this character, and the DCU, a lot better than he seems to. Instead, he intentionally veers wildly off from DCU continuity -- not little fanboy stickling, but major pieces of the character and the world vary significantly from the "canon." Why?

2. The best part of the book, as noted elsewhere, is the beginning, where Kyle is learning how to actually use the ring.

3. The weakest part (aside from #1) is the endless Cosmic Stuff -- which, as also noted, takes up much of the book and works far less well in print than it might have with pictures. Or maybe not.

4. Kyle's characterization is solid and entertaining. Everyone else (in the JLA, the Oans, Hal Jordan, etc.) are cardboard cut-outs.

Not a bad book. Just, disappointingly, not a good one.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor representation of Green Lantern and DCU 25 May 2005
By David Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was anticipating this book for a while. I am a big fan of the DCU and of Green Lantern who is one of my favorite DC superheroes. I read Green Lantern including the transition to Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. With that said, I am very disappointed in this novel and the concepts that it introduced. Mr. O'Neil is a better writer than this and I am disappointed in him as well. I was so moved (negatively) by this book that I felt I should write a review. Like I said, I know the story about Hal Jordan and Coast City and Parallax and the eventual handing of the Power Ring to Kyle Rayner.

I have no problem when a writer massages an origin or two to make the story work. But this felt like he took what I knew of the Justice League and it's core and Green Lantern and the Oans and put them all into a food processor. What we got out of it looked like chunky green pea sludge. I won't pass all the details of the story along but I felt like the author took established events in the DCU and made them into bland, trivial entries to justify the telling of his story. The origin of the Justice League, the characterization of it's members, the use of Hal Jordan and "Di", the misrepresentation of the Oans and the Green Lantern Corps were a big pile of steaming ____. I'm sorry, but I don't understand what the author was thinking. Gross misrepresentation simply doesn't fit into story.

As some of the other reviewers have stated, the Kyle Rayner we see here is a whiner. If I heard the story he told in this novel, I'd strip him of the ring and give it to someone else. The idea that only humans have artistic concepts which is why Kyle can do so well ... crap. And Gandy? Please. Ganthet was a pretty key Oan in the scheme of things with the Guardians. The author reduced him to a cardboard cutout with Ganthet's likeness. I just find the novel contrived and ill-thought. If I was the author's editor and knew a quarter of what I know about the Green Lantern and his history, I would have told Mr. O'Neil to go back to the drawing board.

There were a few concepts that I had to agree with. Some of what Kyle had to do to train. Yes, good ideas. The idea that the Oans have lost touch with other sentient beings. Again, I have to agree with that. And the portrayal of Batman, was right on.

But Kyle sleepwalking (not literally) through a third of the novel and the misrepresentation of Hal Jordan and the Oans left me ill by the end. If this was an assignment that was turned in for a grade, I'd give it an 'F' just in the poor manner that the story was told. Even worse knowing the history of the characters that star in it.

Mr. O'Neil, I'm disappointed in you. You should never have turned in this story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An OK read till the middle... 13 Jun 2006
By Nathan Welty - WELTY69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It starts out very well by going into the action and it is well written until you get to the center of the novel. At that time I felt that I needed a college degree to get thru the rest of it. The book goes into a metaphysical, scientifical, and all other ifical reasons and explanations for the origin of heroes.

Not what I thought when I saw it. i read one other Justice League novel and it was almost the same way. This has turned me off to this type of novel.

Use your money to go and get a comic book, it is better in my opinion.

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