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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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    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 Member Since 2012
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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 2015
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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 10-24-08
    Mark 10-24-08
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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 2014

    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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    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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    Doug Vaughn Franklin, TN 09-02-12
    Doug Vaughn Franklin, TN 09-02-12 Listener 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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