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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

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"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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  • Martin
  • carrollton, TX, USA
  • 08-13-07

Brilliant!!!

Welly welly welly welly welly well.. What a fine piece of work.

As a twelve year old I found this book under my aunts bed and of course, went straight to the photos in the middle. Years later I vidded the flick and was fascinated.

I thoroughly enjoyed listneing to this, after watching the movie a million times over the last 25 years. The final chapter makes so much sense

Real horrorshow..Thanks

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  • Lydia
  • Huntsville, TX, United States
  • 05-03-11

**** a real "horrorshow" book

I was a little apprehensive about picking up this book because of the sociopathic violent weirdness I had heard about. I was pleasantly surprised at how well written and narrated it is! Very horrorshow! Which, by the way is just a slangily anglicized Russian word "horosho"- good! I was several chapters into the book before I realized that, and it slowly dawned on me that I understood 99% of Alex's slang, because it is mostly picked up from Russian. Very cleverly disguised and humorous for the most part. chellovek = "vek" = man. adinoky = alone. moloko=milk. platies=dress, or clothes, used loosely. karman=pocket. And so on and on. Great listen! I only give 4 stars because the subject matter is really not my chashka of chai (cup of tea).

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Incredibly well read and written... A must read!

It's been several years since I read this book in both forms (U.S. and U.K. versions). Listening to this audiobook brings back memories of why I love it so much.

To begin with, it is incredibly well written, and of course is an excellent story... I consider this a must read. Our humble narrator (Tom Hollander) is absolutely perfect as Alex! His accent is perfect, and he does the other voices well, too. The way he blends the definitions of the made-up teen slang (Nadsat) is natural rather than disruptive. I don't think there could be a better narrator for this book. He roped me in and mesmerized me. I couldn't put my iPod down until it was finished (and I've read both versions of the book many times).

If you haven't read the book but have seen the movie, you should get this audiobook. The last chapter, omitted from the movie and the book's original U.S. release and for many years of reprints after, changes the book into a wonderful work of literature.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Exceptionally good narration

First time listening to this, after having read it 25 years ago. The narrator is suberb, an absolutely perfect characterization of Alex. The novel is a classic, even if Burgess supposedly wasn’t that keen on it. He’s right in the introduction, the final chapter is what makes it a novel rather than allegory.

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YHN was very good my little drooggies.

On the app, I slowed down the pace of the narrator from 100% down to 85% and holy fuck it took me to a new crazy world of A clockwork orange. The characters sounded extra british and smug, it was great.

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The perfect audiobook?

This is one of the best narrations I've ever heard and I think the book is better to listen to than to read because of it. Every minute was compelling. I don't think there was any sentence I missed due to my attention wandering. I would recommend this as a first audiobook to demonstrate what the medium is capable of at it's best.

I was only familiar with the Kubrick film and didn't know what to expect from the book but found the story to be fascinating.

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Disturbingly good. Hard to stop.

This book was disturbingly good.
Burgess chosen point of view of a “bad guy” that persisted through the entire story and was the only one in the entire story, let’s us in on the mindset of a sick teenager who is addicted to violence.
Alex knows he’s doing “bad” but enjoys it so much that he’s ready to accept the consequences.
This books raises psychological questions as well as philosophical question ones. I would suspect the feelings NGS will be very polarized depending on the reader/listener.
A word of caution: if you do not speak or have a good grasp on Russian language, this will be very difficult to understand. The “cool teen” slang Alex speaks in is basically a combination of English and Russian words.

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entertaining!

Definitely a great listen, and the narrator is incredible. highly recommend it. would like to read the paper version for quotes too.

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Horrorshow

This book is hard to listen to at some points but it’s overall very well worth it.

The performance was excellent as well, the narration even helps translate some of the interesting language used.

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The last chapter.

I felt cheated on the last chapter, Since it simply reran 3 chapters of the book. It should have ended on chapter 21.