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    • High-Rise

    • By: J.G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 957
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 898
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 894

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • TOM HIDDLESTON NEEDS TO READ EVERYTHING

    • By Jeanette on 04-05-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Complete Short Stories

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrrom, William Gaminara, Sean Barrett, and others
    • Length: 63 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible collection but flawed by voice actors

    • By S. Rowell on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $31.97

    • High-Rise

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Eric Yves Garcia
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ballard deserves a more competent narrator

    • By Christopher on 04-21-14

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Drowned World

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 142

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • EGO AGAINST ID

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-05-16

    Regular price: $18.19

    • High-Rise

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insanity begs you to listen continuously

    • By Emma-Leigh on 07-29-18

    Regular price: $18.95

    • Empire of the Sun

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged version kind of ruins it.

    • By John S on 06-12-14

    Regular price: $13.27

    • The Crystal World

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't finish

    • By Aa-bomb on 04-14-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Day of Creation

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    On the arid, war-plagued terrain of central Africa, a manic doctor is consumed with visions of transforming the Sahara into a land of abundance. But Dr. Mallory’s obsession quickly spirals dangerously out of control.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Imperial delirium

    • By Jay on 10-03-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Kindness of Women

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    A must-listen for any J. G. Ballard fan, this “capstone to a magnificent career” (San Francisco Chronicle) is the essential sequel to Empire of the Sun. Published in 1991, this semiautobiographical novel is a daring masterpiece from “one of the most important and intelligent voices in contemporary fiction” (Susan Sontag). “Rueful the way Primo Levi’s work was” (New York Times Book Review), the novel follows 15-year-old Jim Graham as he leaves the ruins of postwar Shanghai, only to find that he cannot escape his own obsession with death.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Concrete Island

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting. complelingly odd.

    • By josh on 02-08-17

    Regular price: $15.42

    • A User's Guide to the Millennium

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    A collection of the author's articles and reviews, giving an insight into some of the most important literary, artistic, and scientific movements and events of the last 30 years.

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Crash

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Alastair Sill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Very Hard But Rewarding Listen

    • By Madeleine on 11-05-11

    Regular price: $8.77

    • Millennium People

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Never got good.

    • By melanie on 04-10-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Atrocity Exhibition

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ballard's extreme experiment - bizarre & brilliant

    • By Miriam on 08-30-14

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Kingdom Come

    • A Novel
    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • who is making these narrator calls?

    • By Christopher on 04-22-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • High-Rise

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Hello America

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • If you like Ballard, don't buy this audibook!

    • By the kid on 10-12-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Rushing to Paradise

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Led by a charismatic and slightly unhinged woman, a group of environmentalists wrest control over a small South Pacific island in hopes of cultivating it into their own private Eden. But paradise is not quite what it seems in this “searing” (Kirkus Reviews) send-up of environmentalism, feminism, and extremism of all sorts.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • For Ballard completists

    • By Sandahl on 10-31-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Unlimited Dream Company

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Dylan Lynch
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Vision-based Parable of Virtue and Vice

    • By Darwin8u on 05-08-18

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Empire of the Sun

    • By: J. G. Ballard
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quietly absorbing

    • By Penelope on 07-21-15

    Regular price: $20.24

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