High-Rise

Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Interesting Story

Tom Hiddleston has a very soothing voice. It makes for a more interesting read. Finally a book with an original story! I tip my hat to the author.

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I have so many unanswered questions

It got slow for me towards the end.. but I mostly enjoyed it. Tom Hiddleston's performance was perfection.

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Shit was weird...just like the movie.

I'd have moved out. The architect is an ass. Tom Hiddleston is life. Good luck.

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High-rise

I wanted to like this book. Interesting premise but falls short. Depressing. Disappointed. Liked the narrator.

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