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A Clockwork Orange | [Anthony Burgess]

A Clockwork Orange

A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.
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Publisher's Summary

A vicious 15-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal, invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex to "redeem" him, the novel asks, "At what cost?"

This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition, as well as Burgess' introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked".

©1962, 1986 The Estate of Anthony Burgess; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here - the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed." (William S. Burroughs)

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    Martin carrollton, TX, USA 08-13-07
    Martin carrollton, TX, USA 08-13-07
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    Welly welly welly welly welly well.. What a fine piece of work.

    As a twelve year old I found this book under my aunts bed and of course, went straight to the photos in the middle. Years later I vidded the flick and was fascinated.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listneing to this, after watching the movie a million times over the last 25 years. The final chapter makes so much sense

    Real horrorshow..Thanks

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-23-15
    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A true classic...ten times better than the movie."

    Loved this title...unfortunately I saw the Stanley Kubrick adaptation film before I read it...but to my surprise I enjoyed the book much more than the film...a real mind blowing experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GanjaPlanta 01-16-15
    GanjaPlanta 01-16-15
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    "violence lovers; must read"
    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4th out of the 17 audio books i have listened to


    What other book might you compare A Clockwork Orange to and why?

    hard to compare to other books because it is so characteristic and unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he was fighting with the old woman in her house before he was arrested


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the scene where the main character returns to the house that he victimized in the past


    Any additional comments?

    violent content

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-14-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "NOT A BOOK FOR EVERYONE"
    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    NOT PLAIN ENGLISH


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I HAD NO FAVE.


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    IT MUST BE HARD TALKING IN CODE ENGLISH. TOOK A WILE TO FIGURE THINGS OUT.


    If you could take any character from A Clockwork Orange out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    ALEX'S PARENTS AND ASK THEM WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE A SON LIKE ALEX THEY WERE AFRAID OF HIM.


    Any additional comments?

    IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE WITH PLAIN ENGLISH. IT WAS QUITE VIOLENT. I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHY THESE KIDS WERE SO SADISTIC.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Burch 09-06-14
    K. Burch 09-06-14

    Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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    "The Audiobook is Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a fun read that tackles an interesting theme, and the language is a joy to listen to (although it gets a bit repetitive). I actually had an easier time listening to it than I did trying to read it several years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Alex. When a writer can get you to sympathize with a scumbag, you know you've just read something good.


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    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 09-02-14
    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent! Vibrant! Insightful!"

    Amazing reader who brought this story to life. Had tired to read before but was so tripped up by the new language Burgess created for the character Alex that I could not get into it and gave up. But Hollander speaks it with such clarity creating depth and understanding to this masterpiece! It was utterly brilliant heard read out loud!

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    N Toms River, NJ, United States 05-02-14
    N Toms River, NJ, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Performance Enhances the Story"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    The "humble narrator" is incredible in this reading. He really brings the dialect to life.


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    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 03-06-14
    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as I thought it would be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I would have probably enjoyed it better. There were too many slang words being said that I don't know how to spell so I can't look them up. Hearing a really British accent saying British slang didn't make for easy listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the descriptions of the clothes and fashion of the era.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Tom Hollander. He did a great job of bringing an excitement to the narration that fit the storyline.


    If you could take any character from A Clockwork Orange out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clearly it would be Alex. Although lethal, he'd be fun to talk about music with.


    Any additional comments?

    The last hour of the narration is of the author reading 3 chapters from the book. So the actual story isn't as long as described. It also has a pretty long introduction that is important to hear because it tells the listener an important fact about the end of the UK novel, US novel, and film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hank 12-22-13
    Hank 12-22-13

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "Stellar, to all fans of the movie this is a must."
    What made the experience of listening to A Clockwork Orange the most enjoyable?

    That i knew the movie really well and how close some of the dialogue matched made it even better. The narrator was awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i haven't


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stanley did it.


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    Ruth Millburn, NJ, United States 10-06-13
    Ruth Millburn, NJ, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Tend to agree with Kubrick"
    Would you listen to A Clockwork Orange again? Why?

    Marvelous vocal performance by Tom Hollander. Alex is the ultimate unreliable narrator though, so I think I would hear something new in the story each time I listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Burgess takes you completely inside little Alex's head, until his language, which is a strain to follow to begin with, becomes familiar and logical.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Alex is outstanding, but the accent and persona Tom gave the prison chaplain made me laugh, and brought a character I had not paid a lot of attention to when I read the book, to the forefront.


    Any additional comments?

    In the introduction of the edition that Tom reads, Anthony Burgess explains why there is a different ending to the novel than those who have only seen the film would expect, and expresses his disagreement with Kubrick's decision to end the story where he did. I must admit that I found the chapter that Kubrick decided to omit hard to believe, given what came before, and I felt it to be the weakest part of the book. I'm not saying that Alex would not grow up in some way, but his rumination on the topic ultimately came across as twee, not consistent with the narrator we had come to know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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