Crash

  • by J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by Alastair Sill
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The definitive cult, post-modern novel - a shocking blend of violence, transgression, and eroticism. When our narrator smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, his sense of sexual possibilities in the world around him becomes detached.
As he begins an affair with the dead man's wife, he finds himself drawn, with increasing intensity, to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Then he encounters Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, who has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments with a series of erotic atrocities, each more sinister than the last. But Vaughan craves the ultimate crash: a head-on collision of blood, semen, engine coolant, and iconic celebrity.
First published in 1973, Crash remains one of the most shocking novels of the second half of the 20th century and was made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenburg.

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What the Critics Say

"Britain's number one living novelist." (John Sutherland, Sunday Times)
"One of the few genuine surrealists this country has produced, the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination." (Guardian)

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Disturbing yet fascinating

This is a fascinating book, looking at the link between technology and desire. The reading of it is good also- it was nice to hear a reasonably normal English accent, rather than the plummy one you often get on audiobooks. It is quite a deadpan delivery, but this seem appropriate for the lewd, twisted content of the book. The earlier ratings are too low in my opinion. But I guess this book is not for everyone. It could seem to some as pornographic novel- which it is- but then we live in a pornographic culture with sex mediated by technology, with a fascination for sex, as well as the dismemberment of bodies and death. It is more diagnosis of this culture than anything, but still- don't listen to it out loud on the bus!
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- John

it was better when i read it

A hard book to narrate.. good attempt though a little flat with just a few words spoken as if not known.. suture.. perineum and macadam..
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- am

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited