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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook

A Clockwork Orange

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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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    Ryan 08-22-16
    Ryan 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding narration, ok story"

    This book is hard to listen to, especially at the beginning. The entire book is written using old British slag and heavy accents. After a few chapters it begins to become easier to understand what the author is talking about but even towards the end of the book I found myself clueless to some of the slang. The Narrator however gives an outstanding performance in this novel. I personally didn't feel this book to be awe inspiring or thrilling in anyway. There is a lesson to be learned but it was expected from the start of the book.

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    pace 08-20-16
    pace 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tough but worth it."

    It is an adventure on speech alone. There are so many made up words and words pulled from other languages that even if the story wasn't that great, it would still be fun trying to figure out what all of the bezoomny words are that they are using. It does have a very good story though. The ultraviolence can be a bit strong but there is a lot of growth for the humble narrator throughout.

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    Jeremiah 06-03-16
    Jeremiah 06-03-16

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    "Excellent narration. Might be best ever."

    Narrator made a great book even better. Not sure why I have to say at least 15 words on this post.

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    David 05-22-16
    David 05-22-16 Member Since 2016

    A reader who loves mid-century literature and inventive fiction.

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    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Clockwork Orange is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, largely due to Tom Hollander's superb narration. I tried to read this book several times but could never get beyond a few pages due to the Nadsat slang. I believe A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which is better read aloud than silently. Hollander brings this book to life, and I can FINALLY see why it is such a cultural classic.


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

    A Clockwork Orange explores similar themes to many bildungsroman, though with a much darker plot. Thematically, I could see some 'The Catcher in the Rye' inspiration. For those who love Margaret Atwood's troubling dystopian societies, I think this would be a good fit. I could also sense some 'Darkness at Noon' and '1984' inspiration in parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Despite the controversy, I thought the twenty-first and final chapter was perfect. I didn't find it to be silly or superfluous or needlessly sentimental. As we grow up, our priorities change, and I think Burgess hit the nail on the head with this one.


    If you could rename A Clockwork Orange, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better name for the book.


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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
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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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    Misnick 12-11-15
    Misnick 12-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful Classic"

    Reading this book was like reading Rocky Horror Picture Show. No true character development. .

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    Matthew Fisk 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Tom Hollander is a perfect fit for this book"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    I had not seen the Kubrick movie in eons and had never read the book, so I went for it. Hollander is an excellent reader and has the precise timing I think Burgess's "humble narrator" would have. This edition also includes a last chapter omitted from several previous US editions, apparently, and Burgess's Introduction, read by Hollander before starting the novel, is worth not skipping if you are interested in Kubrick's film version versus the original. I am eager to try more Burgess books -- Clockwork Orange was sort of a British, very twisted Vonnegut in style, I found.


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

    No, but I bet they are excellent.


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