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Author: Koushun Takami Narrator: Mark Dacascos Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781442357501
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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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melly | 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 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 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 Priyanka | 1/22/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/12/2014

    " Best book EVER, truly a masterpiece. As Stephen King said, "Insanely Entertaining" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/30/2013

    " Outstanding story. English translation is superbly written (i.e. very few if any translation oddities). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fitzgerald | 12/4/2013

    " I just couldn't get into it. The author keeps hinting at an escape plot, and a fight-the-system sort of story line, which I like, but he's taking too long to get there. It's mostly just everybody talking about who they have a crush on, and then dying in various ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 11/8/2013

    " The Hunger Games before The Hunger Games existed... But gorier. UH. MAY. ZING. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 7/5/2013

    " Thrilling and gory. This novel will really appeal to today's generation as it is quite shocking. There are some pretty hardcore governmental underlying messages though. Overall, I loved it, read it in two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashwin | 6/19/2013

    " Awesome read, way better than "The hunger games" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/14/2013

    " Battle Royale is one of those classic novels that is distinctly Japanese and proud of it. Some may balk at all the talk of who has a crush on who, but it's all melded into a tight story that's heavy on action and also social commentary. A winner in every way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khristopher | 10/3/2012

    " One of my favorite all time reads. Kind of an updated Japanese version of Lord of the Flies. "

About the Author

Koushun Takami is the author of Battle Royale, which was a finalist for the Kadokawa Mystery Prize. With its publication in Japan in 1999, Battle Royale received widespread support from young readers and became an international bestseller. In 2000 the book was adapted as a manga and made into a popular feature film.

About the Narrator

Mark Dacascos is an actor and martial artist. His roles include the chairman on Iron Chef America, Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0, and Kung Lao in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy