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Justice League of America: Exterminators
Christopher Golden
Multicast production adapted by Dan Smith
GraphicAudio, 5 hours

Christopher Golden
Christopher Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world. He has written books for teens and young adults, including the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the dark fantasy series The Menagerie as well as the young readers fantasy series OutCast and the comic book miniseries Talent, both of which were recently acquired by Universal Pictures. Working with actress/writer/director Amber Benson, he co-created and co-wrote Ghosts of Albion, an original animated supernatural drama for BBC online, from which they created the book series of the same name.

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Justice League of America: Exterminators Based on a novelization of DC Comics' Justice League of America, this audio adaptation begins when a surprisingly large number of people begin popping up with super-powers. These "meta-humans" come under close scrutiny by the Justice League because the newcomers can use their powers for either good or bad. While some mutants want to help the world's renowned superheroes, others seek to use their powers for ill will, creating new problems for the heroes to overcome.

An investigation reveals that the meta-humans all share a common background in the United Kingdom. This leads the older members of the Justice League to think that, due to their handling of a previous situation in the U.K., the Justice League itself is responsible for the creation of these super-powered anomalies. To make matters worse, the meta-humans start evolving into creatures that resemble armored salamanders and begin burrowing into the Earth. It's not long before the burrowers are cropping up in major cities around the world, destroying everything in sight. With millions of lives at stake, the Justice League goes into action fighting these seemingly indestructible creatures. At the same time, they must try to find the reason the monsters have come into being in the first place.

While the meta-humans and superheroes fight it out, a series of flashback segments takes the listener back ten years earlier, when an alien force invaded Earth and was destroyed by the newly formed Justice League and the Royal Air Force. That battle was fought over the skies of the U.K. and it offers a clue as to the origin of the current crisis. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman become so overcome by the burrowers that they must call in the Justice League reserves. As a result, no matter who your favorite DC Comics heroes are, they'll probably make an appearance in this excellent production.

I'd like to emphasize how wonderful GraphicAudio's productions are when converting a novel to audiobook. The music, sound effects and voice work really place you into the action and keep you glued to the audiobook. There were times where I would intentionally drive slower when listening in the car or find more housework to do so I could wait that much longer before I had to shut off the audiobook. It reminds me of the old radio serials where your imagination worked to move the story along. However, comparing this audiobook with a radio program is like comparing (to stay in the comic book genre) the 60s Batman television series to the 2008 theatrical release of The Dark Knight. The cast of voices all perform their roles as superheroes while the narrator pushes the non-dialogue sections of the book, creating a constant flow of storytelling mixed with superb sound effects and music. When GraphicAudio promises "A movie in your mind," not only do they deliver, they deliver with a punch.

Copyright © 2009 Gil T. Wilson

Gil T. has spent a quarter of a century working in radio and has lots of spare time on his hands and reading or listening to books takes up all that time. Check out his blog to find out what he's up to at any given moment.


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