We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
A Clockwork Orange Audiobook
A Clockwork Orange
Written by: 
Anthony Burgess
Narrated by: 
Tom Hollander
A Clockwork Orange Audiobook

A Clockwork Orange

Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1378 )
5 star
 (737)
4 star
 (411)
3 star
 (138)
2 star
 (46)
1 star
 (46)
Overall
4.3 (956 )
5 star
 (509)
4 star
 (290)
3 star
 (99)
2 star
 (33)
1 star
 (25)
Story
4.5 (957 )
5 star
 (642)
4 star
 (220)
3 star
 (59)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (18)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jaymie Pierce 07-20-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Such a good book."

    Obviously, this is a very tough read, both for content and writing. But by listening to this audio book, I was able to understand the fascinating language that Burgess created a lot more than I had while trying to read it myself. Lots of violence, yes, but a very interesting take of what Burgess calls a clockwork orange - someone who has no choice when it comes to good or evil. They are simply either good or evil without any thought to the other. I liked that that the audiobook included Burgess' introduction as well as his reading of the first 4 chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    william b stanton Orem, Utah United States 06-02-15
    william b stanton Orem, Utah United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Has the last chapter"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    I like how it shows that the "Authorities" are not much better than the street thugs as far as morals go, only in perception. I loved the movie, and the book just fills in the details that you can't fit into a 90 film.


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

    Taxi Driver, it has a similar main character


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does really well with the accent and makes the character come to life. (I only wish there were a few more actors and sound effects, think old radio and I will give 5 stars)


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

    Ultra Violence


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Publicagent 05-17-15
    Publicagent 05-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Publicagent

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dim being really dim..."

    My favorite part is Tom Hollander's voice for Dim. Absolutely hysterical.

    After the audiobook finishes, there are an extra two chapters of Anthony Burgess reading a Clockwork Orange! Although I was not ready to listen to this after finishing the entire text, I really appreciate the extra piece of audio and will listen to it another time. Although not as entertaining as Hollander, it's always interesting to hear the author read their own work.

    I agree that audiobooks seem like a good format for this text because you don't allow yourself to get caught up in the meaning of inventive, mind-bending words.

    (Good intro written by author placing film and American version in context and contrast with the author's intent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joe 04-14-15
    Joe 04-14-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a horrorshow book!"

    Nadsat is tough to get used to at first, so having a dictionary up while listening is probably a good idea. A lot of the words are used multiple times (viddy, rooker, plot, veck), so those are easy to pick up.

    Great performance by the *humble narrator* and the various voices that he does.

    **SPOILERS**
    About the 21st chapter: I liked it omitted. There are enough options where the main character comes of age. Those who argue that the denouement happens in the last chapter say so because they want to believe that there is good in everyone and some people just grow up. I think that the denouement comes with Alex getting his choice back late in the 20th chapter. The motif of freedom is much more important than the motif of coming of age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brandon 04-02-15
    Brandon 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant. A Classic."

    I had not a clue what I was getting in to. All I knew was that CwOrange was a literary classic and that I'd never read it or had a clue what it was about.

    Wow!! What a difficult read!! By about the second chapter, you'll become familiar with some of that slang that's used, and the book gets a lot easier to read from there.

    Can't say enough good things. The performance has made me earmark the narrator and see what else he's read.

    I'd love to get into more detail, but I hate reviews that give away plot points.

    Absolutely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Matthew Mumford 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truly a Show of Horrors"

    Listening to the book, in this invented language of Anthony Burgess made it possible to get through the story. The language used to tell the tale of Alex always made me feel like reading it would be a chore of my patience and attention. Listening, I will tell you, was all the enjoyable I expected reading it I would miss. The specifics of each moment, shrouded in Burgess' creole, washed over me and, without even meaning to or having to pay the story any extra mind, I found myself following along. I even found myself thinking that more books needed to be written in some Malchick code or other, to break up the monotony of knowing what's happening all the time. Sometimes, it felt like the story would have been too over-the-top if it were plain English; but that isn't quite right. My imagination wouldn't have had as much to do with traditional text, and it felt good to stretch it. I think it would feel good to stretch it once in a while, so more text like this would be nice. The narrator was spot-on. For this version, do not overlook the 22nd chapter, where Burgess himself reads portions. I always find the text in the author's voice revealing, and this certainly was. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kate 02-20-15
    Kate 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "YHN is truly magic"

    Best narration ive had the pleasure of listening to. You forget you are listening to an audio book --
    and instead are whisked away to the front row of a playhouse where the cast come alive. Excellent books can become a chore to listen to when the voice is not matched well to the material. This voice and book marriage is undeniably the stuff of dreams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd 02-01-15
    Todd 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I wanted to love this"

    I wanted to love this book. I liked this book but I definitely didn't love it. The topic, setting, and characters sounded right up my alley. I think the execution of this story falls short. Of course the somewhat alternate language makes it hard to relate but I don't think that's what put me off. I think the story isn't well paced. I found certain parts to last too long, while other somewhat important parts were glazed through. To be honest I can't quite put my finger on my full issue with this book, it just didn't pull me in enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 01-30-15
    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating exploration"

    A Clockwork Orange is a fascinating exploration of the moral decisions faced by culture.

    Prepare yourself to be subtly charmed and horrified by the protagonist. The author shines light on some compelling ethical and political realities that modern cultures struggle with and embraces absurdity in a very existential manner. (The protagonist, while believing himself to be existentially responsible, betrays those values at key moments. Make of it what you will.)

    I found the ending to be somewhat Pollyanna. I was expecting the satisfying bashing of idealism or the emptiness of a tragic conclusion. The author did neither of these and I found his ending to be rather trite following the questions the book has addressed head on in the story.

    I would, however, recommend it to anyone. There's much to be found here if you are willing to plumb the ethical and philosophical depths as you think back on it.

    The reader's performance is top notch! I'll be looking for other performances by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lisa Coggins 01-17-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I really enjoyed this required reading."
    Would you listen to A Clockwork Orange again? Why?

    Absolutely. The narrator was fantastic and the story was fast-paced and relentless. I loved the use of Russian words (but I speak Russian so it was more fun for me than I imagine it would be for most others) and the final chapter.


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

    I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before. It was required for a class and far outside my comfort zone.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    I loved his accent and his (in places) monotone style. It was ironic.


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

    "Might Just Change Your Perspective on Teenage Boys"


    Any additional comments?

    It was cool. I learned quite a bit from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.