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Batman and Psychology

A Dark and Stormy Knight
Lu par : Mike Chamberlain
Durée : 10 h et 18 min
Prix : 22,40 €
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Description

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)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Travis Langley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • WCCC
  • 02/02/2015

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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  • Simona
  • 30/04/2015

A fun, captivatingly analytic read

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?

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  • Marguerite McDonald
  • 08/06/2015

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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  • Nicholas
  • 08/07/2015

In depth

Very entertaining psychological view point of my favorite hero. Use of comics and movies was insightful.

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  • Daniel
  • 27/05/2015

A must read for both comic fans and students

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.

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  • Bryce Hanson
  • 07/12/2016

Basic psychology meets Batman

This book brought me back to my college years. Refreshed my memory and helped me apply it to one of my favorite superheros. I highly recommend this book to any huge Batman fan.

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  • Jovan
  • 28/09/2015

amazing

really enjoyed this book!!!! great narrator great psychology great great great a very good listen!

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  • jason
  • 28/08/2015

perfect for die hard fans

it's a great book that offered tremendous insight on the characters it address I highly recommend it.

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  • Gervásio
  • 08/06/2015

Highly recommended!

Great analysis of the characters surrounding Batman plus a good introduction to fascinating concepts in psychology and psychiatry.

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  • Ross Green
  • 12/10/2016

Fascinating

Great info. Really helps put into perspective who Batman is and why he has dawned the mask.

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