The Drought

  • by J. G. Ballard
  • Narrated by Jonathan Coote
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the best-selling author of Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes - the world is threatened by dramatic climate change in this highly acclaimed and influential novel. Water. Man’s most precious commodity is a luxury of the past. Radioactive waste from years of industrial dumping has caused the sea to form a protective skin strong enough to devastate the Earth it once sustained. And while the remorseless sun beats down on the dying land, civilisation itself begins to crack. Violence erupts and insanity reigns as the remnants of mankind struggle for survival in a worldwide desert of despair.
J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J.G. Ballard died in 2009.


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Would you ever listen to anything by J. G. Ballard again?

I have read almost everything by J G Ballard.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Wooden performance.

Any additional comments?

The book itself was the most disappointing feature. A storyline that never really got going, one dimensional characters and so much that shouted for development but, sadly, never was.

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- Nicholas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios