Empire of the Sun

  • by J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by Jeremy Irons
  • 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.
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.
Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.


What the Critics Say

"An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story." (The New York Times)
"A profound and moving work of the imagination." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"An incredible literary achievement....Brilliant." (Anthony Burgess)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Abridged version kind of ruins it.

I love this book and found the abridged version sort of disappointing. I wish there was an unabridged one. The narration by Jeremy Irons is great though. Consequently I would recommended reading the book rather that listening to abridged version. I added it to my library because it was inexpensive and I had a $10 credit. Wish I had not.
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- John S

empire of the sun

Only giving it 4/5 because it's abridged. Why do they do this?
This is one that you will listen to a couple of times. Well done.
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- Jesse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio