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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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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 03-17-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 03-17-09 Member Since 2005
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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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    Thomas Waterford, MI, USA 03-11-09
    Thomas Waterford, MI, USA 03-11-09 Member Since 2001
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    "A real horrorshow audiobook"

    Narrator Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean's Lord Cutler Beckett) is perfect in his delivery. Burgess correctly points out in a forward that the 21st chapter is essential to the novel. It completes the exhibition of transformation that marks a properly structured novel. In short, this is among Audible's best work. Real horrorshow.

    For some reason, that last hour of this edition is a repeat of the beginning of the book by an older narrator. Is it Burgess himself? I'd like to know what's up with that.

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    Anita West Hollywood, CA, USA 01-21-09
    Anita West Hollywood, CA, USA 01-21-09
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    "Best Narrator!"

    Great book, the narration of Tom Hollander, a very talented actor, really brought the characters to life.
    I wish audible had more books available narrated by Hollander.
    Excellent audio quality. Highly recommend it.

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    Mark Shreveport, LA, United States 10-24-08
    Mark Shreveport, LA, United States 10-24-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Audible's Best Work"

    I've been an Audible subscriber for 6 years & this is the best book I have ever listened to. The narrator is pitch perfect and the story is compelling. Burgess was correct in that the 21st chapter is essential to the novel. In short, this is Audible's best work. Real horrorshow.

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    Mark las vegas, NV, United States 08-31-08
    Mark las vegas, NV, United States 08-31-08 Member Since 2002

    my first audio book was on a LP called Greyfriars Bobby. I was about 6 or 7 and listened to it over and over. That was about 1960.

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    "good book....but"

    I enjoyed the book right up until the end. The last hour or so of my audio book was a complete repeat of the first hour, only in a more adult voice. Did anyone else notice this? If the book ended with the humble narrator growing up...then bravo for the entire book. Narrator was excellent.

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    Doug Vaughn Franklin, TN 09-02-12
    Doug Vaughn Franklin, TN 09-02-12 Member Since 2000

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    "The worst! Can't believe I wasted the credit."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have made it a good listening experience. The story is terrible, and it requires listening to more than half the book before you can even begin to translate what the character is saying into real English.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Burgess’s story?

    The book is filled with completely useless violence, but worse than that is being unable to understand what's being said. The dialect is some warped form of English that I couldn't understand.


    What three words best describe Tom Hollander’s performance?

    OK at best.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of any redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole time I listened (painfully), I kept thinking of the credit I had wasted and how I could have been listening to a book I would actually enjoy. I thought this was supposed to be a classic, but I was completely wrong.

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    Mamie M. Pellegrin 10-18-11
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    "Excellent!"

    Watched the movie about 15 years ago (and about 15 years old) and was afraid to listen to the book because I remember how much the movie affected me. The book is soooo much better and on a completely different level. I know I am much older, but the book brought to light the social aspects in a way the movie couldn't. It is beautifully narrated and written. Loved it!

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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-28-11
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Most horrorshow biblio I've eva slooshied!"

    Oh my brothas... If you liked the movie, then you will LOVE this audiobook. Tom Hollander's narration is incredible. It felt like Hollander actually WAS Alex reading the story the whole time. Real horrorshow it was.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-15-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-15-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Ahead of its time"

    A great book, a great movie and I really enjoyed this version of the book. Well written and great narration!

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    Mary 10-13-07
    Mary 10-13-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Not My Kind of Book"

    Although this was a recommendation through Audible, I disliked it so much that I couldn't listen to more than the first few chapters. Too much violence for me (at least I think that's what they were talking about)!

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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