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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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    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 chapel Hill, nC, United States 06-04-12
    Rebecca chapel Hill, nC, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Finally I understand this book!"
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    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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    Lee Punta Gorda, FL, United States 04-10-12
    Lee Punta Gorda, FL, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Recently retired college prof in the social sciences. Currently, a curator for the national non-profit I founded in 1976.

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    "The Hoopla Isn't Warranted"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A performer whose accent is not a distraction from the story.


    Has A Clockwork Orange turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Clockwork Orange?

    The violent ones. But that would have changed the whole work. Some readers relish violence. I'm not one of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is reputed to be a classic. In its time, it was no doubt edgy because of its violence. Edgy, however, does not necessarily stand the test of time.

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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
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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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    john mercer 12-22-09
    john mercer 12-22-09 Member Since 2006
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    "never gets starry"

    perhaps my favorite book gets a fabulous reading. highly recommended. of the 8 or so audiobooks on my player, this is the one I keep coming back to.

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    Stephen kennebunk, ME, USA 12-20-09
    Stephen kennebunk, ME, USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2015
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    "The essence of a catching story, oh my brother's"

    I have heard many of my friend raving about the movie but personally I always prefer to read/listen to a book prior too seeing the movie. This book had me entranced. One cannot listen to horror such as this without feeling at least slightly changed. In the beginning the author also takes a very brave stand by stating in essence that most authors write about things they are too cowardly to do. That alone cought my attention and I thought of that throughout this book oh my brother's.

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    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09
    Justin OMAHA, NE, United States 06-15-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "AWESOME!"

    i have always been a huge fan of the movie so i figured i'd give the book a listen and point out the differences. bottom line, the book is SO much better. i'm highly disappointed that the movie didn't go with the guidelines of the book. the movie was alot darker and more or less sucked out alot of compassion from the original story and traded it for shock value. while the book is still rather gloomy and full of shock, there is also a great deal of humor in the original story. and the narrator did a real horrorshow of a job!

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 03-17-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 03-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Fiction to Reread"

    The audio version of this classic fiction is so well executed it was a delight to listen to. If a listener enjoys fiction in general and this genre in particular, (s)he will be rewarded.

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