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A collection of 98 enthralling and pulse-quickening stories, spanning five decades, venerates the remarkable imagination of J. G. Ballard. With a body of work unparalleled in 20th-century literature, J. G. Ballard is recognized as one of the greatest and most prophetic writers in the world.
With the much-hailed release of The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, listeners now have a means to celebrate the unmatched range and mesmerizing cadences of a literary genius. Whether writing about musical orchids, human cannibalism, or the secret history of World War III, Ballard's Complete Stories evokes the hallucinations of Kafka and Borges in its ability to render modern paranoia and fantastical creations on the page.
A Washington Post Best Book of 2009, Boston Globe Best Book, Los Angeles Times Favourite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.
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- S. Rowell
Incredible collection but flawed by voice actors
This one actor, Jeff Harding, ruins the stories that he's read in this incredible collection. it's like listening to a badly trained news reporter rambling off the sentences with no concern for the story or for the gravity of Ballard's writing. In stark contrast, the rest of the performances are excellent. What a shame to have to skip over every story that Harding has flattened out.
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horrid peroid references with blathering.
Would you try another book from J. G. Ballard and/or the narrators?
This was a wasted credit. Hard to listen to. Made my ears bleed. 60 hours of every bad line this guy ever penned.
Narrator was good despite the content. Some of the stories were like poorly contrived twilight zone episodes. The remainder were just rot.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something by a writer who isn't trying to be witty and turn a bad phrase every other sentence. One that is missing dated references and awful drivel that confounds instead of relaying a thought or idea.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
They took dirt and put it into a bucket. That's all I can say here because the content was poorly written. Dated.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Complete Short Stories?
I would have sent the manuscript back for a burning and a burial at sea. Some things should not be published. The paper could have served a more useful purpose as toilet tissue.
Any additional comments?
I think that about says it all.
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- Charles Davis
What would have made The Complete Short Stories better?
A less cynical author
Has The Complete Short Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. Asimov's short stories were very good.
What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?
Their choice of subject matter.
What character would you cut from The Complete Short Stories?
All those suffering a depressing end, i.e., many characters.
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