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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sandyboy | 1/17/2014

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

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