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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Koushun Takami Narrator: Mark Dacascos Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death!

Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: A class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan—where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller—Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the twenty-first century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic.

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  • “An insanely entertaining pulp riff.”

    Stephen King

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melly Saitou | 2/7/2014

    " OMG!! This is so, so, so much better than The Hunger Games! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Koby | 2/6/2014

    " I simply loved this book. It's truly a work of art. Kazuo is the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " It took a while to get used to the characters' names, since they are very non-Western sounding. Once you get past that, though, it is a fantastic read! Not terribly long, so you could probably finish it over the course of a rainy weekend if you wanted to. The ending is absolutely fantastic! Quite the emotional roller-coaster ride. I won't spoil it, though :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Priyanka | 1/22/2014

    " If you still don't think The Hunger Games was a rip-off of this, read the book. "

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