Batman and Psychology

  • by Travis Langley, Michael Uslan, Dennis O’Neil
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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:

Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne, and the life and characters of Gotham City
Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the worlds most popular comic book characters
Is written by a psychology professor and Superherologist (scholar of superheroes)


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Customer Reviews

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Am I following a psychopath?

This is a great book, but only if you are a HUGE Batman fan or a fan of Psychology. It was written with extreme perfection and a lot of background from the comics and movies/shows for its proof of opinions. If you are a psychology major or minor, you will enjoy it, because that's how a portion of the book is written. And if you are a Batman fan and can make it through a lot of psychology terms and "speech" you will enjoy it as well.
Don't read or listen to this, if you are looking for a nice easy read. I won't lie, it reads like a psychology textbook from my/your college years. But I believe that might've been the point.
Langley is definitely a big fan, possibly even bigger than me, lol. Definitely bigger than me, actually.
This book will definitely give you a whole new view of Batman/Bruce Wayne and some of his villains, and when you read the comics/trades, you won't look at them the same way you would have when you first read them or when you read new issues/trades now.
This is your warning. Your view of this universe WILL change after reading/listening to this book.
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- Marguerite McDonald

Fun, Informative and Highly Recommended

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.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios