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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu meets the Dark Knight himself: Batman!

Batman. The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. Whatever you know him as and wherever you know him from - the movies, the animated TV show, the millions of comics - Bruce Wayne is proof that you don't need superpowers to be a super hero.

Bruce has just turned 18 and as he returns home from his lavish birthday party, he stops a criminal's getaway - disobeying the police and crashing his car during the chase. He's sentenced to community service in Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, the mental hospital for the city's worst of the worst. In Arkham, Bruce meets a lot of sinister criminals but the most intriguing one is the teen girl his own age.

Madeleine has ties to the Nightwalker gang terrorizing Gotham City, and she'll only speak to Bruce. She's the mystery he has to unravel, but first Bruce has to figure out if he can trust her.

Because the Nightwalkers only target the rich, and Bruce's name is next on their list.

©2017 Marie Lu (P)2017 Listening Library

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5 Stars for Young Bruce Wayne!

Batman is one of my least favorite superheroes. But Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker has changed my mind about the caped crusader. I loved this book!

Why did I love this book?
• Batman: Nightwalker is an interesting glimpse into the teen years of Bruce Wayne. We see his loneliness and isolation due to the death of his parents and his wealth. Everyone befriends him for favors or hate him for his money. But Bruce does have close friends who have become his family – his butler and guardian, Alfred Pennyworth, and childhood friends Harvey Dent and Dianne Garcia. Just like any teenager, Bruce makes impulsive decisions that lands him in trouble with the law. His passion for justice is clear and I got a better understanding of who Bruce Wayne really is. It was fun seeing the early connections he makes with Lucious Fox (CEO of WayneTech) that will ultimately make him into the legendary crime fighter.
• Marie Lu’s writing captured the gloom of the franchise and the story had action and suspense. I also enjoyed her introduction of new characters Dianne Garcia and Madeline Wallace. Both young ladies are of Asian descent, so I appreciate that the author always includes diversity in her writing. Madeline was a fascinating character, with her knowledge of technology and her spot-on perception of people. I was constantly questioning if she was a villain or an ally, which made the story even more interesting.
• Will Damron did a great job narrating this story. I loved his voices for the characters and he brought emotion to the story. He made the actions scenes come to life and even more exciting.

Overall, I thought this was an entertaining addition to the DC Icon series. This is a creative look into the teenage years of Bruce Wayne and has the action and suspense Batman fans will enjoy. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.

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Amazing

Would you listen to Batman: Nightwalker again? Why?

I would not only because it onse you get the plot twist it would no longer be fun.

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Not for Batman fans

Bruce is so out of character in this story that this could just be about any rich teenager. The plot is so cliche and the characters are completely one dimensional. I was hoping it would be like a long comic, but it's just awful.

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Not a bad Bruce Wayne story

Decent story with Bruce Wayne. Really enjoyed the pacing of the story it keeps moving and never slows down, there's no wasted writing here.

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Good until the end...

The ending became more predictable and cliche the more it went and was ultimately not as satisfying or meaningful as it could've been.

The narrator's tone got a little stale and melodramatic in the last half as well, but that may have just been the writing. Not sure.

The first 60% of this book was quite enjoyable, however. I don't agree with every detail of young Bruce Wayne's portrayal but for the most part, it was great to see this side to his character's timeline that we often don't get to see (18 years old). I personally don't mind the lack of Batman at all but I know others might.

Bottom line, if you want a 'Batman' book, look away. If you want/are interested in Bruce Wayne, this can be pretty interesting up to a point. I wouldn't spend money, but maybe a credit if you have a few to spare.

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Amazing!

I loved this book, the 250 pages were fulled of back to back action and it didn’t needed to be longer. Love Marie Lu and she has surprised me again.

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Bat Fan!!

This story kept my attention better than Wonder Woman Warbringer. I am a Batman Fan and I love how it just hints and what he might become. I enjoyed this book a lot!!

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Enjoyable take on a classic

Doing a Batman origin story is an unambitious endeavor so my hopes were low going into this. I was pleasantly surprised at the result though. It felt sleek and modern. The new villain was a good Batman villain too: matching him in wits and bringing out aspects specific to his character development. Much of the book would have worked better as a comic, but given the subject matter it's hard for that to feel like a negative.

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  • Doha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 02-17-18

Enjoyable Adventure

I really enjoyed this book so much .. it was fun and action packed and it gave the vibe of the Legend series by the same author ..
for the entire story we follow Bruce Wayne a wealthy 18 years old as he tries to bring down the NightWalkers which are a group of people who are terrorizing Gotham City, and he meets Madeline who seems to have a connection to the NightWalkers
I liked how the plot progressed, and though we didn't get to see much of "Batman", we did get to see a story about justice and the power of friendship and trust :)
liked this one way better than the first book in the series

The narration was nice too .. although he could use some more voice ranges but I didn't have any problems with the narration

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amazing!

this was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long, long time. Batman is one of my favorite DC characters. I've often wondered what his childhood was like and what it was like evolving into the Batman. This is a perfect chapter to such a story. the storyline incorporates so many of the qualities that will drive Batman in the future. It is nice to see his introduction, according to this perception, of how he may have met James Gordon. The reader was excellent. The story was actually. I could listen to this book several times. Hopefully the other two books in the series will be available soon. I will get Wonder Woman this month.