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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook

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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    Kate 02-20-15
    Kate 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Todd 02-01-15
    Todd 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 01-30-15
    Todd Sharp Plano, TX USA 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Lisa Coggins 01-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-14-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "NOT A BOOK FOR EVERYONE"
    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    NOT PLAIN ENGLISH


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I HAD NO FAVE.


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

    IT MUST BE HARD TALKING IN CODE ENGLISH. TOOK A WILE TO FIGURE THINGS OUT.


    If you could take any character from A Clockwork Orange out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    ALEX'S PARENTS AND ASK THEM WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE A SON LIKE ALEX THEY WERE AFRAID OF HIM.


    Any additional comments?

    IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE WITH PLAIN ENGLISH. IT WAS QUITE VIOLENT. I WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHY THESE KIDS WERE SO SADISTIC.

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    Jennifer . 06-08-14
    Jennifer . 06-08-14
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    "couldn't get through it"
    What disappointed you about A Clockwork Orange?

    I couldn't finish it. It was hard to listen. I couldn't get past the thick accent.


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    Samantha Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-04-13
    Samantha Charlottesville, VA, United States 07-04-13
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    "Great narrator but not as good as I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only because it added to my book collection. And it got me introduced to Audible


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Definitely the main character. He really brought him to life; loved the accent and made the times feel real.


    Could you see A Clockwork Orange being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


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    Toddany 06-05-13
    Toddany 06-05-13

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

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex, of course. He's the villain, hero AND victim


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    Natalie Brooks 01-13-13

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    "I finally get it!"
    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    Genius, addictive, and timeless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Clockwork Orange?

    The introduction and everything that followed.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No; I wanted to savor it. I don't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    By far, the best book I have ever listened to!

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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 11-12-12
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Real Horrorshow Story Me Droogs!"

    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!

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