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One of the most revered writers of modern fantasy, J. G. Ballard and his unparalleled imagination is entirely encapsulated in the award-winning, best-selling and unabridged The Complete Short Stories of J. G. Ballard with an outstanding audiobook narration by voice artists Ric Jerron, William Gaminara, Sean Barrett, William Hope and Jeff Harding. This collection of stories fulfills the needs of even the most fanatic of fantasy enthusiasts. The world’s that Ballard creates in his stories are written with such ingenuity it is as if they hang suspended alongside our reality, of equal measure, accessible only through the words on the page. Available now from Audible.

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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.

©2009 J. G. Ballard (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • S. R.
  • 26/02/2017

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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  • Ian Murphy
  • 17/06/2020

Ballard was a genius

I've loved Ballard since I discovered him in High School 20 years ago. He was WAAAAAY ahead of his time (predicting the internet/Zoom relationships/the weaponization of news for political purposes, etc), writing about topics his peers never dreamed of. He is even more timely in the 21st century as Capitalism crumbles around us. Yes, there are a lot of stories in this collection and Yes, not every single one of them is perfect, but for those of us living in this Distopia, now has never been a better time to (re?) discover this brilliant writer. If you're daunted by the length of this collection like I was, do what I did: Listen to a couple stories in between other books you listen to. This method took months to make my way through these stories, but kept me from burning out, and the stories served as "palate cleansers" in between longer novels. I rarely write reviews of books on here, so that right there speaks to how much I love this writer and how timeless and important these stories are. He knew Reagan would lead to Trumpism. If only folks had listened to him 30 years ago.

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  • Joseph P. Russ
  • 06/01/2020

A short story collection with no chapter names?!

Really wish Audible would add the chapter names to this collection as they are the titles of the stories! Makes it hard to find specific shorts that have been recommended when the chapters are simply labeled “chapter 34”

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16/10/2020

Uneven Narration, Wish Sean Barrett Read All of It

One of the narrators actually sounds bored while reading a few of the short stories, which include some of the best that JG Ballard ever wrote. The material is often not properly respected in the reading. I recommend the print version instead of the audio.

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  • Scott Brandon
  • 31/05/2020

love JGB novel's but his short stories are...bla

good performance, and I highly recommend JG Ballard novels such as cocaine night, crash, high-rise, the drowned world, etc. not so much his chart stories. There's a few good ones but nothing that stands out to me that's great

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  • anthony
  • 02/09/2014

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
  • 03/05/2016

Too Depressing

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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  • pee yellow
  • 27/04/2020

Stunning

Plunge into Ballard's fantastic worlds! Many stories stay with you... Massive collection. Only criticism, the names of stories aren't listed in contents, only on audio itself as far as I can see...