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With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, listeners now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard's Complete Stories evokes the hallucinations of Kafka and Borges in its ability to render modern paranoia and fantastical creations on the page.
A Washington Post Best Book of 2009, Boston Globe Best Book, Los Angeles Times Favourite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.
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By S. Rowell on 02-26-17
Incredible collection but flawed by voice actors
This one actor, Jeff Harding, ruins the stories that he's read in this incredible collection. it's like listening to a badly trained news reporter rambling off the sentences with no concern for the story or for the gravity of Ballard's writing. In stark contrast, the rest of the performances are excellent. What a shame to have to skip over every story that Harding has flattened out.
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By anthony on 09-02-14
horrid peroid references with blathering.
Would you try another book from J. G. Ballard and/or the narrators?
This was a wasted credit. Hard to listen to. Made my ears bleed. 60 hours of every bad line this guy ever penned.
Narrator was good despite the content. Some of the stories were like poorly contrived twilight zone episodes. The remainder were just rot.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something by a writer who isn't trying to be witty and turn a bad phrase every other sentence. One that is missing dated references and awful drivel that confounds instead of relaying a thought or idea.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
They took dirt and put it into a bucket. That's all I can say here because the content was poorly written. Dated.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Complete Short Stories?
I would have sent the manuscript back for a burning and a burial at sea. Some things should not be published. The paper could have served a more useful purpose as toilet tissue.
Any additional comments?
I think that about says it all.
6 of 61 people found this review helpful
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By G. K. Lowell on 05-14-15
A Majestic Collection
Ballard was one the most distinctive voices in 20th century literature: weird, disturbing, poetic, provocative and prescient. This collection shows the range of his imagination, from mainstream SF stories to fables to audacious formal experimentation to witty social satires. Superbly read too: some of Ballard's stories present a narrator with considerable challenges which all of the narrators here meet with aplomb. A slight warning: some of Ballard's work does deal with challenging themes and the easily-offended might find material in here to offend them. (If you suspect this may include you I recommend Googling J. G Ballard and Ronald Reagan to find the title of one of his most notorious stories to test.)
For everyone but the most squeamish this represents a major chunk of the output of one of the most important writers of recent years performed impeccably. Unmissable
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By EGR on 08-14-15
An incredible collection for an incredible price.
It's years since I read a JG Ballard, though I've probably read all the short stories at some time or other. This collection was just too good to resist, and the quality of reading does justice to the stories.
A word of caution though: I'd forgotten just how dark many of his stories could be, so I suggest that you don't listen to the whole collection without a break!
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