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
"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)
Yes, but only because it added to my book collection. And it got me introduced to Audible
Displeased and let down. I expected a better ending, especially with the controversy between 20 versus 21 chapters was mentioned. Honestly I didn't like either ending.
Definitely the main character. He really brought him to life; loved the accent and made the times feel real.
Well I know it's already been made into a movie. I've never seen it however but I am now curious to view it because hopefully it will be better than the book.
This story has always been one of my number ones. I read this back in my high school days but had to see the movie to understand it. The narrator did an exceptional job giving you a visual of the characters and situations just by the inflictions in his voice. He also did an amazing job capturing each character's personality when doing their voices.
Alex, of course. He's the villain, hero AND victim
Genius, addictive, and timeless.
The introduction and everything that followed.
Mr. Hollander WAS "Alex, the narrator." His narration was comparable to Malcolm McDowell's narration in Stanley Kubrick's masterful rendering of the movie. Most importantly, I was better able to understand the unique mixture of languages used much more easily than when I watched the movie (multiple times; I own it). The Audible.com version of the book allowed me to easily follow the unique mixture of languages because I was able to understand the context in which they were used. I haven't finished listening to this captivating book, but can't wait to hear the 21st chapter that was omitted from the movie.
No; I wanted to savor it. I don't want it to end.
By far, the best book I have ever listened to!
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!
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.
The performance was just brilliant.
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.
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!
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.
Fast, thought provoking.
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.
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.
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.
Great book, absolutely worth the buy!
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