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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1975 J. G. Ballard (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Harsh and ingenious! High Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind." (Martin Amis, New Statesman)
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By Christopher on 04-21-14

Ballard deserves a more competent narrator

the narration seriously distracts from the story. when he tries to do British, the reader is merely affected. when he tries to do women, he is laughable. this is unfortunate, to say the least. I was looking forward to a Ballard novel, but I sure the author would be rolling in his grave - or at least in the aisles - if he heard this.

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By Sarah on 01-13-17

Wow!

On so many levels. Ballard's poetic prose hit me in the gut. I listened to this on a road trip from Boston, MA to Jacksonville, NC. Thought provoking and intelligent exploring the irony on civilized society. Loved this book!

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