Battle Royale

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Koushun Takami

Narrated By: Mark Dacascos

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2012

Duration: 19 hours 33 minutes


Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old director Kinji Fukusaku.

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  • M K

    Hate to say it, but I don't care what Collins says: this is the original, grittier, darker, more challenging Hunger Games. Love them both, but this one definitely deserves the credit it's due.