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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. G. Ballard Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781482980851
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The explosive J. G. Ballard renaissance, which began with the 2009 publication of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, now continues with his first novel to be published in America in a full decade.

Millennium People tells the story of David Markham, a psychologist who is searching for the truth behind a bomb that exploded on a Heathrow baggage carousel, killing his ex-wife. Infiltrating a shadowy protest group responsible for her death, David finds himself succumbing to the charismatic charms of the group’s leader, who hopes to foment a violent rebellion against the government by his fanatical adherents, the spiritually and financially impoverished members of Britain’s white middle class. It reveals a shockingly plausible and extremely unsettling vision of society in collapse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Seeks to illuminate our hearts of darkness while undermining our assumptions about what literature is meant to do.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A sharply depicted and fascinating novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Wonderfully warped, darkly comic.”

    Economist

  • “Dissects the perverse psychology that links terrorists with their innocent victims.”

    New Statesman

  • “Terrifying and strangely haunting…A riveting work from a writer of rare imaginative largesse, a bearer of bad tidings, unforgettably told.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Vintage Ballard, smartly observed and tartly written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[A] last quirky take on the problems of the new century from one of the great virtuosos of twentieth-century fiction.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 2/20/2014

    " So far I can say that this is the dirty story of a twisted and cynical middle class rebellion. I read this first quarter on the plane including on an internal flight in PNG. Prob best to avoid this. The man sitting next to me read it over my shoulder and excitedly pointed out the words porn and fucking in the text. I acted like it was no biggie and gave him the book for the rest of the flight mumbling something pathetic like "yes it's a bit rude but it's actually about social movements...!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Hodge | 2/15/2014

    " Ballard presents a prophetic and terrifying picture of societal breakdown. As you'd expect from the author, it is an enthralling read that is paced perfectly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Allan | 1/22/2014

    " This book bored me and the characters seemed cliched and absurd, why I should care about their middle class troubles is beyond me, I'm not a big fan anyway, but I will persevere as he comes up in polls all the time. I have Empire of the Sun on the shelf and am hoping its going to be his best, unlike this one, but after that I shall read no more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 1/17/2014

    " just dull which really surprised me. i must have picked the dud Ballard novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kdooley | 1/15/2014

    " I like Ballard, but this is not his best work. It's pretty shallow in terms of topic and plot, and while I understand what he was trying for it never quite gets there. He and Palahniuk should team up on a novel about the revolution of the middle class - now that I would love to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/13/2014

    " Eerie and unsettling novel given the events in London this week... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Huseby | 1/4/2014

    " I really liked the theme of the middle class rising up in revolution as the new proletariat; revolting against being responsible, loyal consumers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 R. Ellis | 11/18/2013

    " I had high hope for this book; however, it disappointed me. Ballard may have been clever enough to foresee "the middle class as the new proletariat," but his story line just didn't live up to his prognostication--or to his usual tale-telling ability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting, but not as compelling as many of his earlier works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Kent | 10/30/2013

    " This guy was incapable of writing a bad novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 4/30/2013

    " i have historically had a hard time with ballard's style, but this one is a must read. i wish people would follow in the footsteps of these "terrorists" and give up their mindless consumerism and cushy suburban lives... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Latham | 4/16/2013

    " Terrorism and middle class rebellion in London. One man's attempt to figure it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/21/2013

    " well i'm glad to be done with this book. i wanted to keep reading it, but it was mostly just a bunch of whining. i WANTED to agree with the arguments for a middle class revolution, and i totally do in theory. this book was just a bad, whiny, boring presentation of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie_blu | 6/24/2012

    " Pales in comparison to "Empire of the Sun" and "Crash." In addition, the book's characters and premise are not believable and the ending is incongruous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 3/10/2012

    " This book was okay, however it was a little to dry for my tastes. For this reason it took me a while to finish it. It's probably because I am not from the UK and couldn't not picture the places and the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 9/26/2011

    " Unfortunately I didn't like anyone in this book and found it difficult to enjoy spending any time with them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 7/1/2011

    " A weirdly compelling mess. I couldn't stop turning the pages even as it became increasingly clear that the book was lurching towards a simplistic and banal nihilism.

    An advanced reading copy was kindly provided by W. W. Norton as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlo Andrea | 1/8/2011

    " Un grande libro di un grande scrittore.
    Al centro della storia un tema di grande attualità: i patimenti della "classe media" che si trova a passare dalla frustrazione per la continua gara al miglioramento del proprio status, alla lotta per mantenere lo status acquisito. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " just dull which really surprised me. i must have picked the dud Ballard novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/28/2010

    " Compelling premise but poorly executed. Choice of first-person POV was a mistake. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daved | 2/26/2010

    " "This book bored me and the characters seemed absurd, why should I care about their middle class troubles?, I'm not a big fan anyway. I have Empire of the Sun on the shelf and am hoping its going to be his best, unlike this one, but after that Im reading no more." "

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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

David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.