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"Superman", Doomsday and Beyond [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dirk Maggs , Stuart Milligan , Lorelei King , Kerry Shale , William Hootkins , Burt Kwouk , Garrick Hagon
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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1 May 2006 Superman
Released on CD for the first time, this thrilling full-cast original radio drama is based on the long-running comic strip. Whilst Daily Planet lovebirds Clark Kent and Lois Lane finally get engaged, the villainous Lex Luthor dies in a plane crash. Metropolis is thriving with prosperity and happiness under Superman's care - or so it seems...Produced by Dirk Maggs, who directed the recent new episodes of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", this production is hugely acclaimed by fans. A brand new "Superman" film arrives at all cinemas in June 2006.

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846070724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846070723
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! 6 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
For fans of the "death of Superman" comics (a story arc universally praised as being one of the best in Superman's long history) this is a real treat with a lot of the dialogue lifted straight from the comic books. The voices actors are all excellent and, despite the comments of one previous reviewer, are actually American (the main principals are all US actors/actresses). It rattles along at a cracking pace and the action never flags. The only slight criticism I do have is that Lois's grief is hardly touched upon and this was handled with a lot more poignancy in the comic book. I wondered how they would describe the four different Supermen (in the Return of Superman section) but it was very well done indeed and not at all confusing. Lex Luthor's Australian accent was the only bit which wasn't performed very well and grated on the ear, but this small niggle aside, the acting was otherwise excellent. A most enjoyable way to spend 2 and a half hours! I only wish the CD had proper chapter/track headings. Definitely worth a look and I can recommend it highly!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable well done radio drama 16 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
After reading the what I feel was unfair review, I thought I'd add my opinion (This is based on the taped version) I really enjoyed the adaptation of the comics saga that went through The Death of Superman and the Return of Superman (It doesn't really touch on world without a Superman).

The cast do a good job of re-enacting the story in an entertaining and enjoyable way, of course they have to say what they're doing at times, but thats the limitation of a radio play.

Between this and the comic this will have to do until they ever decide to put it on cinema.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Especially ruined for CD! 24 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
Whatever you do, don't get the CD version of this radio play. To be able to fit this huge story on two CDs material has been chopped out of the original radio version/cassette version. Some of my favorite parts of the plays have ended up on the cutting room floor. Looking at the length of the downloadable version suggests that version might be complete. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed! 20 Nov 2012
By Stevo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I haven't read the original comics of this story so was a little confused at times, but after hearing it a second time it all became clear! The action comes thick & fast & without graphics to look at you have to concentrate a little more. Good stuff though, & made me want to read the original Death of & Return Of Supes comics. Which I may buy, just so I can see what some of the other characters actually look like: Justice League, Doomsday, et al.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Soon grates 6 July 2006
By C. Copp VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Why oh why do the BBC do these dire adaptions? The over the top on purpose hammy acting grates after about 10 minutes. If it had been played straight it might have been quite good, instead it comes across as the direst am dram you might have to sit through at your local village hall! Mock USA accents are terible at the best of times, but the BBC seems to be stuck in a time warp when camp Batman was on teevee. I managed 33 minutes before I'd had enough! Don't bother! A missed opportunity, misses the mark, neither for kids nor for adults...this is for nobody!
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