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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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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 11-12-12
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Real Horrorshow Story Me Droogs!"

    This had been on my list of dystopias for a while, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. It has great social commentary about free will and the nature of what it means to be human, as well as questioning how far society is willing to go in the name of personal security. I must say, what I loved best was the way Burgess crafted the Nadsat slang, and Tom Hollander's performance really made it shine in a way that simply reading the book just couldn't do, and the bits of classical music interspersed added to the effect. What's it going to be then, eh? A horrorshow performance if ever there was one me droogs!

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    Don Somerville, MA, United States 10-19-12
    Don Somerville, MA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Superb narrator and story"

    This narrator and book blew me away. The narrator has the patter down so well that the book is a narrative poem. The writing is existential and fatalistic while not being morose. It's a lighthearted telling of tragedy with exquisite language and imagery.

    This edition includes the 21st chapter which is crucial at climaxing the existential crisis and is not a sellout. It is no Walt Disney redemption.

    This edition also includes an intro and 3 chapters read by the author.

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    Amazon Customer BEDFORD, IN, United States 10-18-12
    Amazon Customer BEDFORD, IN, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant performance, real horrorshow"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    The performance was just brilliant.


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

    Closest might be something like Trainspotting, just from the point of view of the jargon and the accent, but there's not much really to which to compare it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, and I wanted to hate the 21st chapter, but I begrudgingly liked it. Burgess is right. Also, if you don't know the story, skip the author's preface, as it has spoilers!

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    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-01-12
    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-01-12
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    "Good narration, but story didn't catch my interest"
    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration for A Clockwork Orange was very good, and it was helpful to hear the book's strange terminology come to life. However, the story was not one that was particularly gripping for me.


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    Kevin BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-25-12
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    "Great book and great performance."
    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, thought provoking.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Read very well to convey meaning of so many unfamiliar words. Characters speak in a disguised sort of english with rhyming slang and regional colloquialisms and I could understand the meaning from Hollander's inflection and performance.


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    Connor Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 07-19-12
    Connor Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 07-19-12
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    "Wonderful classic worth the listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version?

    The only advantage that the audio version has over the print is the british accent, really. the story is a phenomenal read, the vocabulary used by the author is completely unique, and however you get the story, this book is worth every penny.


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

    When Alex is describing the sound of listening to Beethoven's Ninth. Unbelievable similes used with such flowing language that brings out a wonderful emotional response in the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, absolutely worth the buy!

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    Rebecca 06-04-12
    Rebecca 06-04-12
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    "Finally I understand this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've never been able to really enter into A Clockwork Orange. Until I listened to it! Then it came alive, and the progress of the plot made sense. The accents and the flow of the slang made so much sense in an audio format. The narration is great. This is the British version of the story--21 chapters instead of the American 20 chapter version. The preface is worth listening to also, though you may want to skip it and come back to it after you've listened to the story.

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    vfsandman LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-24-11
    vfsandman LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-24-11
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    "What's it going to be then, eh?"

    This chelloveck, Tom Hollander, reading of this book is real horrorshow! It is spot on perfect. His voice will be forever in me gulliver whenever me glassez come across this text.

    The nadsat language was always a spot of bother for me picking up this book and reading it myself, but this audio version helps a lot and you'll find yourself picking up on the meanings quickly.

    As a Yank from the States, there were no problems at all with Mr. Hollander's cockneyed accent. It's clear and coherent as the sample shows.

    In addition to the novel, there's a preface by Anthony Burgess which is very insightful and the omitted chapter plus 3 chapters read by Burgess himself. It is cool to slooshy the book from Mr. Burgess himself, but I still prefer to slooshy Mr. Hollander.

    Obviously, the subject matter is not for everyone, but with the final chapter added, I believe the point is clear. It is an extremely well written book. The detail and the flow is all there.

    So, what's it going to be then, eh? O me brothers, I think it's worth the pretty polly for a sloosh, but I'm creeching a bit too long. Sit back with a moloko in hand and sloosh. It's real horrorshow.

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    Yvonne 08-20-10
    Yvonne 08-20-10
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    "Audible linguistic slang "fabulous""

    I can not imagine "reading" Anthony Burgess' novel any other way than by audible. Tom Hollander was excellent. As you listen/read the novel you begin to pick up what the different slang terms refer to. Really excellent. As for the content of the novel, what the very violent young boys are experiencing is not all that different today in 2010.

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    A. Ypsilanti, MI, United States 07-09-10
    A. Ypsilanti, MI, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    ""...like rarest spun heavenmetal...""

    Voice acting of the very highest caliber. Hands down, the best I've heard on Audible so far.

    And I'd forgotten how beautifully the author can play words against each other:
    "The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed..."

    Bonus: Near the end of the recording, there's a full hour of Anthony Burgess himself reading selections from the book and offering his take on how the "humble narrator" speaks.

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