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Publisher's Summary

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 40-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.

In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment from the renowned author of Crash and Cocaine Nights, society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

The audiobook of High Rise arrives as interest in the book and J. G. Ballard's work reaches a new peak. The film adaptation of High Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) will be released in September 2015, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Tom Hiddleston, who is known to millions worldwide for his role as the evil god Loki in the blockbuster Thor and Avengers movies, has lent his voice to this first UK audiobook adaptation of High Rise, which was published in 1975.

J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 best seller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. Ballard's memoir, Miracles of Life, was published in 2008. J. G. Ballard died in 2009.

©1975 J. G. Ballard (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Dark and thought-provoking

If you want something that is thought provoking and dark this is the novel for you. It's in that dystopian category for a reason. It is not for the faint of heart, or for everyone in general. There are some incredibly disturbing things that happen, but it's to be expected in this genre. Despite the horrors there is a lot to unpack and analyse. I'll be thinking about this book for days.
The narrator is brilliant. I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role.

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Insanity begs you to listen continuously

Absolutely loved this book! the insanity of the whole matter makes you never want to put it down. You can't help but hang onto even word spoken as the author and narrator pull you into a bizarre utopia of insanity. great read and excellent listen!

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Not Connected to Characters

I struggled to finish this book because I didn't really care about the characters. I love the narrator, but the narration sounded like a news report on the events. I didn't hate the story and liked the premise. There were moments I was interested.

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So Disturbing

The only way I managed to get through this story was with many intervals, and just enjoying listening to Tom Hiddleston's performance.
But (often) at times, I was so appalled with the story content. 👀🤢

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Loved it

Excellent narration!! Tom Hiddleston has such a soothing voice!
I felt like I was there

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Class & Society Deconstruction

No evolution of culture can fight entropy, which leads to survival, and then evolution.

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What did I just read?

This was odd, I thought this was weird. Loved listening to Tom Hiddleston's voice, but the rest was just weird.

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The Joker Meme but a book.

We live in a society, bro. We're all just animals, bro!
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Captivating Delivery

Tom Hiddleston’s delivery of the story is simply fantastic. His delivery of the story as well as the way he brings the characters to life is captivating. The story itself is an interesting descent into chaos but I would recommend to anyone purely based on the way Hiddleston delivers the story to its audience.

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Do not recommend

This is the weirdest story I have ever read and was left with no real explanation as to what had caused everything to happen.
If you like tinkering with the mind in a bizarre manner, undisguised rape and incest, animal and human mutilation, and friends turning on each other than this is the book for you... I guess?
I'd recommend you steer clear of this one. but that is my personal opinion.