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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook

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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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

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"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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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 10-15-12
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2009

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    After reading this novella, it is easy to see why Kubrick was drawn to the material. It is cinematic in every way. Except for the age of Alex, the main character, and the ending which Kubrick likely did not know about if he only read the American version.

    This work was written 50 years ago, and takes place in the future — a future that supposedly has already taken place, but perhaps has not yet come to be. And Burgess' ability to see into the future of politics, religion and correctional institutions and envision a modern day Willie Horton story with a twist makes this piece worth a listen despite the age of the material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Huntsville, TX, United States 05-03-11
    Lydia Huntsville, TX, United States 05-03-11
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    "**** a real "horrorshow" book"

    I was a little apprehensive about picking up this book because of the sociopathic violent weirdness I had heard about. I was pleasantly surprised at how well written and narrated it is! Very horrorshow! Which, by the way is just a slangily anglicized Russian word "horosho"- good! I was several chapters into the book before I realized that, and it slowly dawned on me that I understood 99% of Alex's slang, because it is mostly picked up from Russian. Very cleverly disguised and humorous for the most part. chellovek = "vek" = man. adinoky = alone. moloko=milk. platies=dress, or clothes, used loosely. karman=pocket. And so on and on. Great listen! I only give 4 stars because the subject matter is really not my chashka of chai (cup of tea).

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    Natalia P. Valdes 02-28-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Dobby Slooshy"

    Malenky malchick Alex has his own language and after a few minutes you are immersed in it. I love that this book contains the missing 21st chapter as well as Burgess' introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked". Having the author explain some of the intentions behind the story makes it even more ... i dunno... just MORE. This is not your typical anti hero protagonist story. The characters violently shape this story into it's own unique box. I watched the movie version right after finishing the read and was amazed at how true to the book it stayed. Very entertaining read and also it is a bit on the funny side once you get your Nadsat vocabulary in place. Careful the slovo's are addicting.

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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 12-02-07
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 12-02-07 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read"

    This is a classic science fiction/commentary on civilization type story in the style of the book "1984".
    This is truly a classic book and should be read. It is not particularly long and worth the read. An excellent book for high school or college reading courses.

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    Raquel 12-22-08
    Raquel 12-22-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredibly well read and written... A must read!"

    It's been several years since I read this book in both forms (U.S. and U.K. versions). Listening to this audiobook brings back memories of why I love it so much.

    To begin with, it is incredibly well written, and of course is an excellent story... I consider this a must read. Our humble narrator (Tom Hollander) is absolutely perfect as Alex! His accent is perfect, and he does the other voices well, too. The way he blends the definitions of the made-up teen slang (Nadsat) is natural rather than disruptive. I don't think there could be a better narrator for this book. He roped me in and mesmerized me. I couldn't put my iPod down until it was finished (and I've read both versions of the book many times).

    If you haven't read the book but have seen the movie, you should get this audiobook. The last chapter, omitted from the movie and the book's original U.S. release and for many years of reprints after, changes the book into a wonderful work of literature.

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    Jonathan tampa, FL, USA 10-19-07
    Jonathan tampa, FL, USA 10-19-07
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    "excellent"

    What a great audiobook. I found this reading to be very well read and the characters really came to life. It is difficult with a book like this to separate authors intent from the more recognizable film depictions. Kubrick did a great job, but the last chapter in the book was far to important to have been discarded. It is violent and horrific; but, that is only one element to the story.

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    Chimpa64 Ithaca, NY USA 04-19-16
    Chimpa64 Ithaca, NY USA 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic performance!"

    This book is a classic. While the story is violent, it is one of the most beautiful works of language and vocabulary. The narrator is absolutely fantastic as the Nadsat slang using, 15 year old, ultra violent protagonist. This version contains the original 21st chapter.

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    Ralph Kearns, UT, United States 04-10-16
    Ralph Kearns, UT, United States 04-10-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent! Bravo!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version. I can't imagine the print version being better than this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clockwork Orange?

    When he reaps what he sows.


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

    Alex.


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

    Alex. He would be very interesting to talk with.


    Any additional comments?

    This is what a good reader and good book can do. Keep it up!

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    Tim Thompson Mesa, AZ 03-07-16
    Tim Thompson Mesa, AZ 03-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesomely SICK! Real Horror-Show type, I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clockwork Orange the most enjoyable?

    The need to find a dictionary with his new words in it.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    The voices and easiness of the vocabulary.


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    Lucas 03-04-16
    Lucas 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"
    Would you listen to A Clockwork Orange again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to A Clockwork Orange again due to it's extended vocabulary and dystopian significance. Anthony Burgess show a great amount of detail throughout the book which leaves you with a better picture of the plot than the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex is by far my favorite character due to his mischievous ways. He is also very hurtful and cruel which makes you sick to your stomach. A great amount of detail is shown to the life of Alex and you understand why he is in the state that he's in.


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