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High-Rise is one of the best books by J. G. Ballard, one of the most distinctive and influential writers of the last fifty years. A sort of Lord of the Flies with grown ups it tells of how a luxurious apartment building for affluent professionals descends into savagery as their primal urges overwhelm their veneer of civilization. An important book and well worth experiencing.
My only quibble is the narrator. Tom Hiddleston is a fine actor, a well-known name and the obvious choice as he plays the lead in the forthcoming feature film directed by Ben Wheatley. But I have been slightly spoiled by hearing Sean Barrett and William Gaminara read other works by Ballard for Audible and they are both outstanding interpreters of Ballard and while Hiddleston does a very good job as reader a screen actor turning his hand to reading an audiobook isn't quite as polished as those experts.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Great book by Ballard
Great insight into the heart of darkness lurking under our civilisation but also Ballard playing out again in another guise his view of humanity after living through the the Second World War has it affected life in Shanghai as a boy.
Hiddleston is a great narrator
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Being completely honest, I only bought this book because Tom Hiddleston was the narrator. But I'm glad I did, this was an amazing book! I will certainly listen to this again!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
great story. very patriarchal tho. the female characters needed more development, but it is a product of its time. Very very enjoyable
1 of 1 people found this review helpful