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Compiled by a veteran writer of the comic series, this collection of essays explores Batman’s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive, and a really well-made suit.

One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale. It covers both the silly and the solemn, asking questions like Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batman’s buttons? What does Batman’s technology say about the times? Why are Batman’s villains crazier than average? and Why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?

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

©2008 Benbella Books, Inc. (P)2014 Last Word Audio, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Colby Elliott's deep, raspy voice fits perfectly and proves somewhat reminiscent of Batman himself. He narrates the essays with all the seriousness that the authors themselves have for their subject but is also capable of lightening his tone for the occasional joke or pun. His emphasis and pacing will keep listeners engaged throughout the production." (AudioFile)

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  • Eric
  • 03-09-2016

the brake downs

I love how the narrator broke down Batman(family) and the majority of the villains throughout the decades

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  • Michael
  • 22-10-2018

Made me think

Book gave a different look at Batman and why he is so much similar to everyday people at least in an American point of view.

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  • charles
  • 07-11-2016

Wow

Wish I could get the printed version too covered so many avenues of the characters if you're a fan like me buy it its worth it.

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  • arthur m ball
  • 24-10-2014

Eccentric Essays Batman!

Would you listen to Batman Unauthorized again? Why?

Yea I probably will again in the future. It's broken up into sections, so I may listen to specific parts from time to time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Batman uhh. . . because he's Batman!

What about Colby Elliott’s performance did you like?

He did a great job, very clear and easy to listen too. I wish they had a woman read the female essays. Colby doesn't jive well with effeminate readings.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The AUTHORIZED film adaptation, BAM!

Any additional comments?

It was really, good. Not like the rants my nerdy friends go off on at all. These are educated and informed rants.

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  • kit
  • 12-11-2020

great listen for Batman fans

Interesting perspectives in to the Batman history and mythos. Covers a wide range of aspects of the character.

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  • Eleanor
  • 22-04-2015

I really loved this!

Where does Batman Unauthorized rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to a lot of audiobooks so I won't say its one of the very best but I definitely really liked it. The narration was good and the variety of pieces included was really interesting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is a series of essays so it wouldn't work as a film.

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  • Aurey C.
  • 13-04-2017

batman uninformed opinions

the lesson of this book is, if you don't appreciate or understand something; don't contribute to a book about it. Each chapter is more and more excruciating to a batman fan as the authors misinterpret, twist and criticize the comic out of context. they praise the very worst versions of the character while grossly misrepresenting the good stories. if you somehow hate batman but want an audio book to accompany you while you revel in ignorant nitpicking, this book is for you.

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  • Luke
  • 16-10-2019

Great insight into the world of Batman

Really insightful look at Batman's journey over the last almost a century.

Wonderfully narrated by Colby Elliot who sounds genuinely interested when listening.

A must listen for any Batman fan! Wish it was twice as long

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-2020

some interesting parts others pretty dull,

good history, some of the book was great, others irrelevant and boring, did learn some interesting facts

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