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

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Huntsville, TX, United States 05-03-11
    Lydia Huntsville, TX, United States 05-03-11
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    "**** 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).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Raquel 12-22-08
    Raquel 12-22-08 Member Since 2012
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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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    Ian L. 06-21-17
    Ian L. 06-21-17 Member Since 2017

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    "It still zings, O my brothers."

    Yes, I am well familiar with the Kubrick film and the omission of the final chapter.

    Tom Hollander's reading of the Burgess novel is really great, handling the warped Cockney language and accent with both character and subtlety. The end of this edition also includes about an hour of Anthony Burgess reading the beginning of the novel in 1973, and it's remarkable to hear how he reads his own work compared to Hollander's reading here, which is obviously much influenced by Kubrick's "standard" interpretation of the novel.

    It's hard not to think of the film when sifting through this text, as much of the dialogue was used word for word, and to great effect by Kubrick. I'm a big fan of the film, and it's amazing that I've only just gotten to the original text now. Burgess' introduction included here from one of the mid-Eighties editions of the novel is a contextual plus, too. Given the nature of the book's history and the film's impact, it is essential to also understand how Burgess viewed the novel before and after the Kubrick film, and to understand his intents when writing this beast.

    The excerpt read by Burgess himself included at the end of this recording really shows how much of a difference a reader's verbal tone (both internal and external) can make in how the text is interpreted. Burgess reads his text like straight up Looney Toons, with a swift tempo and exaggerated affectations. He reads the text with full absurdity, adding much levity to the violence. Hollander's reading is influenced by Kubrick, even perhaps unintentionally, through no fault of his own given how influential the film has become. Hollander is a fine reader, but it is really great that this edition includes the Burgess excerpt too.

    Overall, this was a great experience for me as a reader/listener. My only issue with the recording is the inclusion of slightly tacky classical interludes between several chapters. I would have preferred better snippets, maybe bits that didn't sound like a MIDI keyboard from 1998. Frankly, I'm surprised that there weren't any symphony recordings in public domain available for use, but maybe the producers didn't see the need to dig that deep. Regardless, this is a great audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Riggs 06-10-17
    Erin Riggs 06-10-17
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    "All 21"

    Enjoyed Burgess' prolog about his original writing of 21 chapters. And his reading a few chapters.

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    Jeffrey 05-29-17
    Jeffrey 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "odd story"

    this is a very odd story written in a bizarre way. the language used is peculiar.

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    Miro 03-01-17
    Miro 03-01-17
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    "The narration is incredible"

    The book is pretty middle rode for classic sci do but really the cockney narrator's nadsat makes this audiobook great

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    Ian 02-24-17
    Ian 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Narration."

    Tom Hollander does a wonderful job of narrating this book, giving almost every cheracter in the book a unique voice and personality beyond just what the book provides. Anthony Burgess made a great book, although it not being for the feint of heart considering it is far more mature than the movie, which I watched before I listened to the book. Absolutely enjoyed this classic, and would recommend it up and down.

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    Evan Walker 02-19-17
    Evan Walker 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very entertaining"

    This story is very well written and extermely well preformed. I wish i could deduct less than i full star because my only complaint is that the slang that Alew uses can make it a bit difficult to visualze at times. I recommed just pay close attention to how the words are used early on. I would recommended this book to everyone 15+

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    Prasanna PRSN Michigan 01-27-17
    Prasanna PRSN Michigan 01-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinary piece of work."

    One of the best books I have read. The narration is captivating and the concept is philosophical.
    Deeply thoughtful.

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