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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. G. Ballard Narrator: Jeremy Irons Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1987 ISBN: 9780743546850
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This classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg’s film, tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive World War II in China.

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Shanghai, 1941—a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war and the dawn of a blighted world.

Ballard’s enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, starvation and survival, is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A profound and moving work of the imagination.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “An outstanding novel...a classic adventure story.”

    New York Times

  • “A very considerbale achievement, a novel of clear moral purpose and power, excellently designed and beautifully written.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “An incredible literary achievement...Brilliant.”

    Anthony Burgess

  • A 1984 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize
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About the Author

J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) was an English writer of short stories and novels. Several of his best-known works were adapted into successful movies, including Crash, and Empire of the Sun. A continual recipient of critical acclaim, the Times included him in their 2008 list of The 50 Greatest British Writers. 

About the Narrator

Jeremy Irons is one of fewer than a dozen actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award, with a Golden Globe thrown in for good measure. His distinctive, haunting voice has seen him cast as the villain in many a movie, though his abundant work in both film and theater has garnered him many leading roles as well. Among his many film credits are Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lion King, and Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance.