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A Clockwork Orange Audiobook
A Clockwork Orange
Written by: 
Anthony Burgess
Narrated by: 
Tom Hollander
A Clockwork Orange Audiobook

A Clockwork Orange

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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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DHM Somerville, MA, United States 10-19-12
    DHM Somerville, MA, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Superb narrator and story"

    This narrator and book blew me away. The narrator has the patter down so well that the book is a narrative poem. The writing is existential and fatalistic while not being morose. It's a lighthearted telling of tragedy with exquisite language and imagery.

    This edition includes the 21st chapter which is crucial at climaxing the existential crisis and is not a sellout. It is no Walt Disney redemption.

    This edition also includes an intro and 3 chapters read by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BEDFORD, IN, United States 10-18-12
    Amazon Customer BEDFORD, IN, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant performance, real horrorshow"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    The performance was just brilliant.


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

    Closest might be something like Trainspotting, just from the point of view of the jargon and the accent, but there's not much really to which to compare it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, and I wanted to hate the 21st chapter, but I begrudgingly liked it. Burgess is right. Also, if you don't know the story, skip the author's preface, as it has spoilers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-01-12
    Melissa Blacksburg, VA United States 10-01-12
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    "Good narration, but story didn't catch my interest"
    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration for A Clockwork Orange was very good, and it was helpful to hear the book's strange terminology come to life. However, the story was not one that was particularly gripping for me.


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    Kevin BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-25-12
    Kevin BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-25-12
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    "Great book and great performance."
    If you could sum up A Clockwork Orange in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, thought provoking.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Read very well to convey meaning of so many unfamiliar words. Characters speak in a disguised sort of english with rhyming slang and regional colloquialisms and I could understand the meaning from Hollander's inflection and performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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