A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of The Dark Knight Rises.
Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with bad girls he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown? This book:
©2012 Travis Langley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
An engaging, creative, and surprisingly thorough introduction to psychology that never strays too far from its focus: Batman and the world in which he lives. For anyone interested in Batman, the psychology of superheroes (as well as super criminals), or psychology in general – with plenty of applications to real life – this is a terrific book.
Regarding the narration: it is simply outstanding. The highest compliment you can give to a narrator is that he or she is so good that the listener forgets about the reader and simply hears the story. (We tend to notice narrators only when they "intrude" on the content, distracting us in some way from the book. That simply doesn't happen here.) The tone, cadence, inflection - everything - is just right. The result is a fun and informative listening experience that I plan to enjoy again and again.
I think so much of the audiobook that I have already recommended it to a friend with deep expertise in the field, believing that he would enjoy the creative exploration of both the character of Batman and the field of psychology.
Well worth the time. Hence: Highly recommended.
Anyone who's questioned (or been curious about) the plausibility or motivations of a superhero would gain much by reading.listening to this book. Langely does a brilliant job of covering many aspects of Batman's psychosis by comparing and contrasting him to the villains, sidekicks, love interests, father figures & other characters he comes in contact with. The entire range of Batman stories, from gritty graphic novels to campy TV series, are included in his analysis.
An extensive knowledge of Batman in all his forms is not necessary at all to understand the materials he draws from. That said, it makes it much easier to envision the various Batmans if you've had at least some exposure to the Nolan films, the Shoemaker & Burton films, the Adam West show, and/or Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.
Langely goes through the gamut of major psychological discoveries and disorders, but here again he does an excellent job of introducing these concepts to non-psychology readers while keeping his analysis interesting for those, like myself, who are.
I particularly loved the case file on Harley Quinn because I've always asked myself, if she's a likable/good person, why does she always run back to the obviously evil & crazed murder, the Joker?
Mike Chamberlain does an outstanding job reading this book and keeping you engaged with the material. Beyond him, is Mr. Langley's respectful and insight into the weaving of psychology with the Batman mythos. I was enthralled the entire time and was enlightened to connections I had never considered. This book goes back to the beginning of the Batman title and documents the different variations which have arisen. This title is one I look forward to hearing again and using as a reference in debates with friends.
I've learned so much not just about Batman, but also about the psychological aspects of his reality that makes him almost real. it's fantastic!
Not only does this book dive deep into almost everything in the Batman lore, but explores every form of media in order to analyze Batman and other characters. Well researched, from siting references to providing profiles of each character and villan. The narator did a very good job and sounding enthusiastic. He also did a nice Heath Ledger Joker impression.
The book is exactly what you'd expect. It delves deeply into the driving forces and assailing demons of the most influential characters in Batman's world, as well as The Dark Knight himself. Their possible motivations, development, future, and disorders. The three contributors go through Freud, Jung, and a number of other prominent theories of psychoanalysis to get to the root of Batman and the reflections of his own darkness in their madness.
Is Batman insane? Does Bruce Wayne even truly exist? Can the Joker be considered criminally insane? All of these and more are thoroughly discussed. A very satisfying look into the world of Gotham's crazies... And a few that are surprisingly sane.
Narrator Mike Chamberlain does a great job in reading the material, giving personality and charisma. His character voices and pauses for effect help to make the most of the experience, keeping it engaging. Reading a quote from the Clown Prince turns his voice higher and with a creepy edge, while quotes from Batman or Jason Todd get the appropriate gravitas.
A great listen, I would recommend to either psychology or Batman fans alike, as it contains a great primer for both worlds info the other.
This was a great book to listen too. While the primary focus is on the state of Batman's sanity, it felt more like a psychology textbook that happened to use Batman to explain its concepts.
Clearly well researched and very informative. Good for both casual and hard core Bat Fans interested in psychology.
Pretty much everything. Really liked this book.
My favourite character..? In the Batman universe..? Oh, don't get me started. Not only is Batman himself awesome, but the series totally has the best rogues gallery.
As this is a non-fiction book, I can't point at a particular scene, but I can say that I enjoyed the way the book was put together. Superherologist Travis Langley takes a closer look at many of the characters, discussing them in the light of psychology - at some stage even discussing the fans in that same light.
I guess that'd be a documentary, and I'd just steal "A Dark and Stormy Knight" from the book. Very catchy.
I was very happy to find this book and it had been a real eye opener not just into the mind of one of my favourite superhero s but into the world of psychology. I enjoyed a lot
This book is a interesting & entertaining look into the world of Batman, his Rogues gallery and gotham.
With great narration.
"Fascinating if not for audio"
The primary issue with these books is that they don't really make great audio books. While interesting, and worth the read, this is a textbook with a clever theme. Listing to someone read a list of two pages of phobias is, frankly, not good. Almost certainly better as a reference book (ebook or paper) than an audiobook.
Obviously the "story" sucks, but it's an interesting thing to read anyway.
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