Becoming Superman by J. Michael  Straczynski audiobook

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

By J. Michael Straczynski
Introduction by Neil Gaiman
Read by Peter Jurasik

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062857842

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982659189

  • ISBN: 9781982659172

  • ISBN: 9781982659196

Runtime: 16.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman!

“J. Michael Straczynski is, without question, one of the greatest science fiction minds of our time.”   -- Max Brooks (World War Z)

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been one of the most successful writers in Hollywood, one of the few to forge multiple careers in movies, television and comics.  Yet there’s one story he’s never told before: his own.

In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret.

Joe's early life nearly defies belief. Raised by damaged adults—a con-man grandfather and a manipulative grandmother, a violent, drunken father and a mother who was repeatedly institutionalized—Joe grew up in abject poverty, living in slums and projects when not on the road, crisscrossing the country in his father’s desperate attempts to escape the consequences of his past. 

To survive his abusive environment Joe found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. The deeper he read, the more he came to realize that he, too, had a superpower: the ability to tell stories and make everything come out the way he wanted it. But even as he found success, he could not escape a dark and shocking secret that hung over his family’s past, a violent truth that he uncovered over the course of decades involving mass murder.

Straczynski’s personal history has always been shrouded in mystery. Becoming Superman lays bare the facts of his life: a story of creation and darkness, hope and success, a larger-than-life villain and a little boy who became the hero of his own life.  It is also a compelling behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful TV series and movies recognized around the world.

 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Raw, utterly compelling…‘If my life stands for anything, it’s to offer proof…that it’s possible to fight and win,’ Straczynski asserts, and proves, in this at times shocking, at times difficult to read, and ultimately inspiring account of his determination and triumph against all odds.” Booklist (starred review)
“Straczynski, a prolific comics, television, and film writer, delivers a frank memoir that’s equally harrowing and triumphant.” Publishers Weekly
“Recommended for readers of true crime and intense family drama, behind-the-scenes stories of Hollywood and the world of publishing, sf/fantasy fandom, and, especially, Straczynski’s work.” Library Journal
“A hugely successful writer for TV, movies, and comics makes his debut as a memoirist with a stunning chronicle of survival…Candid, often sordid, and definitely a page-turner.” Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping. An amazing testament to the range of human durability and determination.” David Brin, Hugo and Nebula award–winning author

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 16.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English