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Publisher's Summary

An engaging look at the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation both of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation.
  • Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others

This audiobook answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including

  • Can a reformed criminal become a superhero?
  • Can an android love a human?
  • If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero?

This thought-provoking book will help you understand this band of superheroes better, whether you've followed the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan just getting to know them.

©2012 John Wiley & Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • John B
  • MILFORD, NEW JERSEY, United States
  • 12-28-12

Super? Eh, not quite.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'd say so. I was hoping for more wide ranging psych ideas, but it was not completely disappointing.

Would you be willing to try another book from William Irwin (editor) and Mark D. White (editor) ? Why or why not?

I've seen the other titles and most follow the same "____ and psychology" setup. Most of which I'm, unfortunately, not interested in.

Any additional comments?

I did enjoy this book. It took many characters and events for the avengers under the microscope, but there was some things that just felt missing. I thought some important characters were left out in favor of lesser characters. We all love our favorite archer Hawkeye, but did he deserve to take spotlight away from the Hulk, one of the listed Avengers founders who was not examined? I walso would have liked to hear the psychology aspects applied in a broader sense, as I have seen in other comic hero psych books. But, these things do not completely take away from a quick and entertaining listen.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal entry-level book

If you have any inclination towards both topics of superheroes and Philosophy, then this is the book for you, and stills simple thought provoking dispositions as well as brings many marvel stories to life