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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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  • 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.

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Great start to a great adventure series!

These DC icons stories are well written & narrated. They offer a new, fresh perspective on how some of our favorite DC comic players got their start as heros in their DC universes. I'm looking forward to more as they get published.

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Loved it

I'm looking forward to the next book I loved Wonder Woman Warbringer. But I do see I need another Batman book soon.

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both DC were let downs

I was looking for a book about batman but this was a bruce Wayne story and a rather boring one at that

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It is an ok portrait of a young Bruce but

It was a decent read but you don't get the feel he will be the world's greatest detective. He stumbles a little too much early on and you don't see the determin3d focus he has normally. If you are looking for the Bruce from the Gotham TV show moves forward 5 or 10 years this book isn't for you. This is more of the tech to solve problems version.

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It is all about the Twist!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Melodrama is defined as a work of art were feelings are exaggerated using unfortunate events in order to create sentimental impressions with a strong disregard for cohesiveness and a lack of psychological or artistic elaboration. This book would have been better without Melodrama. Marie Lu created a movie in a book without a sense that movies are a lot shorter and therefore do not require rigorous elaboration.

This whole attempt of a book is just a screenplay for a good thriller movie, where the success or failure of the experience is based as to whether the viewer predicts the twist at the end or not. In my case, I was very surprised with the twist and did not see it coming. I believe that Lu's work as a writer was to base all her work on the aforementioned twist in order to create a sense of worth in the grand finale.

The movie lacks what I call world plot driven logic. The premises the book uses in order to carry the story do not make sense and therefore without a comedic tone, they just seem lazy. Perhaps if the book did not try to take itself so seriously the preposterous premises would have worked.

The focus on Bruce's insecure psyche seems to be a bad try to forge character development. His immaturity is not relatable because the plot in itself lacks cleverness. However, I must say that Bruce's immaturity played perfectly with the best character of the book: yes, I am talking about Alfred. He seems to be the only truly interesting character in the book and Lu did a great job of making him relevant.

I believe this type of story would have work perhaps with a lighter atmosphere by becoming a comedy. I find that the work of the author was not thorough.

What was most disappointing about Marie Lu’s story?

The premise of the story does not make sense to the world of Batman. Batman is not clever, not smart, not analytical, not reasonable. The cause and consequence relationship is too random or too emotional and therefore the clues to the murder mysteries are revealed too quickly to the reader. However, Bruce takes an eternity in realizing those clues.

The twist is actually very well done and helped understand what Marie Lu was doing. The whole is a preamble for the big twist. The author is sending us on poignant journeys and goose chases in order for us the readers/listeners to be surprised. That is why I am almost positive that this story would work extremely well as a movie. The clues can be resolved in 120 minutes instead of 400+.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This a difficult question because the pace at the beginning was so slow and adolescent that I can imagine the narration just doing its work. Not sure how to differentiate the narration from the story. If the story is frustrating, stale and melodramatic, then the narration needed to be that way.

What character would you cut from Batman: Nightwalker?

Everybody not involved in the main plot. Perhaps the absolute worst mistake by Lu was to create a very half-assed social life for Bruce Wayne. By creating characters that diverge from the main conflict in the story just to create additional personal conflict for the little bat, Lu made sure to destroy intrigue.

Any additional comments?

This is not a Batman book but Lu's screenplay of her Hollywood adaptation of A Batkid and a Twist.

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An Incarnation That Calls to Killed

So, with Wonder Woman I was extremely stoked about the YA series of DC Icons; however, with this installment, not so much. I felt like many of the inferences were explained right afterwards and, well, it seemed rather boring. I know most of the Batman episodes involve Bruce never getting the girl and 9/10 she’s the villain. But it was to obvious that a certain someone would be involves in the crime. It was too predictable and lack many of the suspenseful and intriguing parts that were in her first series. I was truly disappointed in this book. Bums me out.

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An amazing book with a great narrator. I highly recommend this book and audiobook.

I would like to thank Penguin Random House International for including me in this global blog tour and for providing a finished copy for me to read.

This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also, my review format is this: First few paragraphs would be my thoughts on the book, whether I like it or not. The second half would be a little bit of discussion on what happened in the book but not to the point that I spoil something.

If you know me well, or if you're following me on my social media accounts, you know that I'm a huge fan of Marie Lu. She's one of my favorite authors and The Young Elites (along with The Rose Society and The Midnight Star) are my favorite fantasy books of all time. I also loved Warcross!!! Batman: Nightwalker - her newest book, is my first book of 2018 and I'm happy to say that I also enjoyed it! Marie Lu can do no wrong.

Batman: Nightwalker is fast-paced, a page-turner for sure, and very entertaining read. From Lu's writing to the story of a young Bruce Wayne, all kinds of factor made me really enjoy reading this book. I mean it's a book about one of my favorite superheroes written by my favorite author??!! What could go wrong? That's just crazy and amazing to think that Marie Lu got to write a novel about one of the DC's icon and that is the Batman.

A few pages in, and I'm already hooked. Marie Lu's writing never fail to make me interested by just reading a few pages from the beginning. Bruce Wayne's story in this book is very intriguing since I don't really know about his story when he was just a teenager. I don't really read comic books that often.

I love the characters. I really like that Bruce is always ready to help even though he's not really the perfect guy for the job, but then he succeeds in the end because of his bravery and determination. But he's stubborn too which makes it balanced. Alfred, on this book, is still the same Alfred I know and loved from different stories out there. He's always there for Bruce no matter what and he's a really great father figure to him. I just love their relationship as a family you know. With Madeleine Wallace, I didn't like at her first as a character and her growing relationship with Bruce. I mean Madeleine is a murderer, so how can she possibly like her? But as the story progresses and we got to know the backstory of this mysterious girl, I appreciate her more as a character. Richard started out as a very annoying character, but as I got to know his story, I really don't hate him. Dianne and Harvey are such great friends to Bruce Wayne. I love them. Also, Dianne is a Filipino character in this book and that made me really happy since I'm Filipino.

This book is fast-paced and full of page-turner moments. Well, I don't get to finished this book in one sitting. I actually read it for days based on my goodreads but I'm not actually reading it every single day since I'm very busy with school works. But when I got the chance to read it, I managed to read it fast, at least in that manner. Anyway, I really love Marie Lu's take on a young Bruce Wayne story. It was very intriguing and fresh. I would love to read a sequel though. I mean another batman book by Marie Lu would be great.

Also, I bought the audiobook format of this book on Audible and I'm pleased. The narrator, Will Damron, did a fantastic job narrating the book especially with the Alfred dialogues! The way he talks as Alfred really do sound like Alfred from the movies. Well at least the Alfred from the DCEU. I had a fun time listening some parts of the book when I don't really have the time to read the physical copy.

Kudos to Marie Lu for another great book and congratulations because it's another bestseller!!

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