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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OK at best.
I can't think of any redeeming qualities.
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.
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!
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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A great book, a great movie and I really enjoyed this version of the book. Well written and great narration!
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)!
I'm not sure what the people who recommended this book were thinking. I really truly tried to appreciate this book, listened to the whole thing, but man, it was just plain bad! I found the use of made up words to be amusing on occasion, but mostly it was just annoying. The main character is a total piece of malevolent garbage, and constantly speaks to the reader (me) as if we are kindred souls. I was disgusted pretty much from beginning to end. The whole book is gratuitous violence, and depravity, with very little point. I'm sorry, but anyone who thought this was a good read needs psychological help!
On a more positive note, I did think the narration was excellent! The only good thing about the whole audiobook.
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