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  • High-Rise | J.G. Ballard

    High-Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By J.G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Tom Hiddleston
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    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. In this visionary tale, 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.

    Jeanette Ingiosi says: "TOM HIDDLESTON NEEDS TO READ EVERYTHING"
  • The Drowned World | J. G. Ballard

    The Drowned World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    First published in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained him widespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of the finest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront a cityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects fiercely compete for domination.

    Michael says: "Prophetic story about climate change"
  • The Complete Short Stories | J. G. Ballard

    The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (65 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrrom, William Gaminara, Sean Barrett, and others
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    A collection of 98 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, venerates the remarkable imagination of J. G. Ballard. With a body of work unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, J. G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world. With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, readers now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius.

    Charles Davis says: "Too Depressing"
  • The Atrocity Exhibition | J. G. Ballard

    The Atrocity Exhibition

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
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    A prophetic and experimental masterpiece by J. G. Ballard, the acclaimed author of ‘Crash’ and ‘Super-Cannes’. This edition features explanatory notes from the author. The irrational, all-pervading violence of the modern world is the subject of this extraordinary tour de force. The central character’s dreams are haunted by images of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, dead astronauts and car-crash victims as he traverses the screaming wastes of nervous breakdown.

    Miriam says: "Ballard's extreme experiment - bizarre & brilliant"
  • High-Rise | J. G. Ballard

    High-Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Eric Yves Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. In this visionary tale, 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.

    Christopher says: "Ballard deserves a more competent narrator"
  • High-Rise | J. G. Ballard

    High-Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Tom Hiddleston
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    (10)
    Story
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    From the author of the Sunday Times best seller Cocaine Nights comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on "enemy" floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem.

  • Empire of the Sun | J. G. Ballard

    Empire of the Sun

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
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    Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

    John S says: "Abridged version kind of ruins it."
  • Empire of the Sun | J. G. Ballard

    Empire of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
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    (1)
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    From the master of dystopia, comes his heartrending story of a British boy’s four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

    Penelope says: "Quietly absorbing"
  • Running Wild | J. G. Ballard

    Running Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    A high-security luxury housing estate in the Thames Valley is the setting for a disturbing outbreak of violence in this compelling novella from the acclaimed author of ‘Cocaine Nights’ and ‘Super-Cannes’. Pangbourne Village housing estate is exclusive, expensive and protected from the outside world by the very latest in security systems. It should be the perfect place to bring up a child.

  • Classic Science Fiction, Volume 4 | Willard Hawkins,J. G. Ballard,Joseph E. Kelleam

    Classic Science Fiction, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Willard Hawkins, J. G. Ballard, Joseph E. Kelleam
    • Narrated By Skip Mahaffey
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    An anthology of exceptional Science Fiction short stories. Volume 4: The Earth is a non-renewable resource, overpopulation is problematic, when only the war machines are left. Stories include "The Dwindling Sphere" by Willard Hawkins, "Billennium" by J. G. Ballard, and "Rust" by Joseph E. Kelleam.

  • The Crystal World | J. G. Ballard

    The Crystal World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    Through a 'leaking' of time, the West African jungle starts to crystallize. Trees are metamorphosed into enormous jewels. Crocodiles encased in second glittering skins lurch down the river. Pythons with huge blind gemstone eyes rear in heraldic poses. Fearing this transformation as a herald of the apocalypse, most flee the area in terror, afraid to face a catastrophe they cannot understand. But some, dazzled and strangely entranced, remain to drift through this dreamworld forest.

    Aa-bomb says: "Couldn't finish"
  • The Concrete Island | J. G. Ballard

    The Concrete Island

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
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    A chilling novel about our modern world, from the author of Empire of the Sun and Crash. An architect is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself marooned on the concrete island.

    Lucretia Bell says: "A disgusting protagonist, an okay book"
  • Empire of the Sun | J G Ballard

    Empire of the Sun

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J G Ballard
    • Narrated By Samuel West
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    The heartrending story of a British boy's four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

  • The Drowned World | J. G. Ballard

    The Drowned World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    When London is lost beneath the rising tides, unconscious desires rush to the surface in this apocalyptic tale from the author of Crash and Cocaine Nights. Fluctuations in solar radiation have melted the ice caps, sending the planet into a new Triassic Age of unendurable heat. London is a swamp; lush tropical vegetation grows up the walls of the Ritz and primeval reptiles are sighted, swimming through the newly-formed lagoons.

    Miriam says: "In dreams we meet again"
  • The Kindness of Women | J. G. Ballard

    The Kindness of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
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    The fascinating, and largely autobiographical, sequel to J. G. Ballard’s prize-winning Empire of the Sun, that follows Jim to post-war England. The Kindness of Women continues the story of the boy whose life in Japanese-occupied Shaghai was described so memorably in Empire of the Sun, it sets those traumatic events within the context of a lifetime as we follow the narrator, Jim, to England and suburban Shepperton after the war.

  • Kingdom Come: A Novel | J. G. Ballard

    Kingdom Come: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A violent novel filled with insidious twists, Kingdom Come follows the exploits of Richard Pearson, a rebellious, unemployed advertising executive, whose father is gunned down by a deranged mental patient in a vast shopping mall outside Heathrow Airport.

    Christopher says: "who is making these narrator calls?"
  • The Unlimited Dream Company | J. G. Ballard

    The Unlimited Dream Company

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Dylan Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the 20th century’s most visionary writers.

    Darryl says: "definitely dreamlike"
  • Crash | J. G. Ballard

    Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By Alastair Sill
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    The definitive cult, post-modern novel - a shocking blend of violence, transgression and eroticism. When our narrator smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, his sense of sexual possibilities in the world around him becomes detached. As he begins an affair with the dead man's wife, he finds himself drawn, with increasing intensity, to the mangled impacts of car crashes.

    Madeleine says: "A Very Hard But Rewarding Listen"
  • Millennium People | J. G. Ballard

    Millennium People

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Millennium People tells the story of David Markham, a psychologist who is searching for the truth behind a bomb that exploded on a Heathrow baggage carousel, killing his ex-wife. Infiltrating a shadowy protest group responsible for her death, David finds himself succumbing to the charismatic charms of the group's leader, who hopes to incite a violent rebellion against the government by his fanatical adherents, the spiritually and financially impoverished members of Britain's white middle class.

    melanie says: "Never got good."
  • Hello America | J. G. Ballard

    Hello America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
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    Following the energy crisis of the late 20th century, America has been abandoned. Now, a century later, a small group of European explorers returns to the now climatically mutated continent. But America is unrecognizable - the Bering Strait has been dammed and much of the country has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture. The expedition sets off from Manhattan on a cross-country journey, through Holiday Inns and abandoned theme parks, to uncover a shocking new power in the heart of Las Vegas.

    the kid says: "If you like Ballard, don't buy this audibook!"
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