British actor Tom Hiddleston, well-known for portraying the supervillain Loki (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) and the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Midnight in Paris), brings his acting versatility and smooth voice to this visionary tale by acclaimed author J.G. Ballard (Empire of the Sun). When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds, and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors. Human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
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"Harsh and ingenious! High Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind." (Martin Amis, New Statesman)
loved this book, and Hiddleston's smooth, modulated voice made this the first audiobook I have actuall ever finished. Cannot wait for the movie.
this was an interesting book. . bizarre in a psychological standpoint, it would take way to many things to happen on a grand scale for this story to play out, did none of these people have realitives that would try to get ahold of them? did the power company not check on why a whole building wasn't on the grid or paying their bills? did none of the exiting staff tell anyone of the on goings of the building? and last but not least, did the building next door not wonder what was with all the f'n balcony bonfires???
I love audiobooks so hard!
JG Ballard, probably not. Tom Hiddleson, HELL YES. Honestly, his narrating it is the main reason I bought it..
His magnificent voice.
So... I read another review for this book that said "Lord of the Flies with adults" and I feel this is very accurate. I mean. Everyone goes psycho.
I kept singing the song "Savages" from Pocahontas to myself throughout the entire 2nd half of the book:
Literally everyone loses their shit.
Would I recommend? Probably not. The best part was listening to Tom Hiddleston narrate.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
First, the narration of this book is fabulous. Second the story is too "strange" The residents of a 40 story apartment building in central London go from "normal" lives to living in a building where raids on other apartments result in murders, cannibalism, and dog eating. All the while in buildings 400 yards away from where normal life go on. The book starts out well with tensions escalating between the tenants living in penthouse apartments and those living in garden level apartments quickly escalating. It goes from rudeness to murder pretty quickly.
The basic premise is that heart man is a savage and will return to barbarity without modern technology. I found it depressing and it is one the few books I could honestly say I wished I never listened to.
I always recommend audiobooks read by Tom Hiddleston to all my associates. But since I read HIGH RISE prior to Mr. Hiddleston's reading, I've always wondered how he would narrate such a complex, compelling story. And he really did not disappoint.
Dr. Robert Laing has always been my favorite character in HIGH RISE. He is probably the one who appears the most normal among the crazies in the condo, but his gradual acceptance of the deteriorating conditions is a clear sign that he too has succumbed to the perversions that the other tenants were getting into. The fact that he seemed so nice, so ordinary and so matter-of-fact about the goings-on in the high rise make him all the more disturbing.
Yes, I have listened to all of Mr. Hiddleston's prior performances. Personally, I liked his performance in HIGH RISE more than in OCTOPUSSY. There were only a few characters in Octopussy so he was somewhat limited in displaying vocal characterization. I'm not really a voice expert, but I love the way he modulates his voice when switching from male to female. Some male readers have a tendency to make female characters sound "gay". With Mr. Hiddleston, he softens his voice and adds a light, non-exaggerated lilt. The reader/voice actor whom I consider closest in skill to Mr. Hiddleston is Mr. Jeff Woodman. I'm a huge fan of his readings of Diana Gabaldon's Lord John books.
Definitely. As soon as I got the notice that HIGH RISE was available for download, I quickly went home from my meeting, burned it and listened to it in one go. As I said, I am not disappointed.
Personally, I want Mr. Hiddleston to continue doing audiobooks. He is such a skilled voice actor and I don't want him to lose this talent as he pursues more film roles. Now...how about Audible convincing him to read THE NIGHT MANAGER? ;)
I spent about two or three days listening to this book and I can't say that I remember much of it. Luckily it was throw away time (I'd listen while cleaning or driving) so it doesn't feel waisted, but it wasn't exactly time well spent either, I hate to say.
Disappointing, to say the least.
I loved the different accents and voices Tom Hiddleston would put on to differentiate between characters. Especially Wilder.
I wouldn't read a sequel regardless if there ever was one.
Tom Hiddleston's voice is the only thing that made this worth my time. I was able to get into the story because of him, but in the end, even his velvet voice couldn't salvage the story. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea, or maybe I was just too distracted by Mr. Hiddleston, either way, I didn't not enjoy the story at all.
An interesting narrative of 1970s London, isolated to the 2000 occupants of a high rise apartment building. The 3rd Person perspective shifts between three main characters and details their journey into a caste like social system of levels of consumerism and opulence. Hiddleston's performance is well suited to the literature and showcases both the sofistication and brutality of the savage world.
Not scary like a horror movie more scary like Ballard knows how to write people at the depths of their humanity. Made my heart sink to my stomach the farther I got along... Amazing story. Liked it WAY more than the movie.
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