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Empire of the Sun

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Jeremy Irons

3 Hours 9 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

December 1987

Audio Book Summary

The classic, award-winning novel, made famous by Steven Spielberg’s film, tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive World War II in China.

Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.

Shanghai, 1941—a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.

Ballard’s enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.

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  • Christy W.

    Stunning.. going into this story, I had no expectations or understanding of what is was about. Narration was perfection. Writing was outstanding. Subject matter was held with such tender care while displaying atrocities of war. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the history and impact of war.

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  • Bship1004

    Short and sweet.

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  • David J.

    Excellent book with great narration!

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