• by J.G. Ballard
  • Narrated by Tom Hiddleston
  • 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

British actor Tom Hiddleston, well-known for portraying the supervillain Loki (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) and the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Midnight in Paris), brings his acting versatility and smooth voice to this visionary tale by acclaimed author J.G. Ballard (Empire of the Sun). 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. 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.


What the Critics Say

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Customer Reviews

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Plan to be depressed

First, the narration of this book is fabulous. Second the story is too "strange" The residents of a 40 story apartment building in central London go from "normal" lives to living in a building where raids on other apartments result in murders, cannibalism, and dog eating. All the while in buildings 400 yards away from where normal life go on. The book starts out well with tensions escalating between the tenants living in penthouse apartments and those living in garden level apartments quickly escalating. It goes from rudeness to murder pretty quickly.

The basic premise is that heart man is a savage and will return to barbarity without modern technology. I found it depressing and it is one the few books I could honestly say I wished I never listened to.
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- John S "Avid audible listener for over 10 years."


The way Tom brings all the characters to life is amazing!!! Very intense and crazy story! Plan to reread it!
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- Jeanette Ingiosi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios