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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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    Ben Whitney 01-20-17
    Ben Whitney 01-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The dark book kept me laughing at night"
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    There were times during the story where I had to pull out my headphones and just laugh. Ironically, if this story is taken at face value, there are no laughing matters, rape and murder, lots of deviant things and nasty situations, abound throughout. It is just written in such a way that I could not help but laugh. I don't know if dark comedy was intended but it was achieved with me. After finishing this book and moving on to the next, I kept thinking about nasdat, droogs and ultraviolence. This may become my favorite novel of all time. I can't wait to read it over and over again.The narrator is spot on two. Don't worry about the weird language, its fictional, there is a dictionary online, but comes easy as you listen to it.

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    Jimmy Newark, Delaware 01-17-17
    Jimmy Newark, Delaware 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "With the 21st Chapter, This Book is a Masterpiece"
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    ACTUAL RATING: 4.5/5 stars
    ROUNDED RATING: 5/5 stars

    A Clockwork Orange, from Anthony Burgess, is set in the not-too distant future (I guess now the past), and chronicles the life of its "humble narrator," Alexander. I have yet to see the movie, but the book, which includes the 21st and most essential chapter, is a masterpiece.

    Alex is a murderous, raping hoodlum in the first part of the book, seemingly without much of a conscious. He could be aptly compared to Marlo Stansfield, from David Simon's HBO series "The Wire," except that he may come off a tad bit smarter and wittier. We are exposed to all of Alex's crimes, with his "droogs," or friends, as he steals from others, kills people, and rapes 10 year old girls.

    If this last paragraph scares you off from reading the story, I would advise you to read the rest of my review, as the story is not as raw or vicious as it might sound. As you may have heard, Burgess created his own register, or slang, called "Nasdat," for Alex to use. This is the modern slang spoken by hoodlums at the time. While we are privy to all of these immoral and unspeakable crimes, they are deftly explained in this slang, so; as it turns out, in the first part of the book, we are not focusing as much on Alex and his crimes, but rather the language he uses. This device softens the impact and horribleness of what takes place, and almost allows the reader to sympathize with Alex and see things from his perspective. If not for this, the opening part may be too hardened for most to read.

    I will not explain in detail what happens throughout the rest of the book, as you can read it to find out, but I will comment on the most important feature of the book. After Alex goes to prison, and is reformed against his own wishes, and then used by an anti-government author and his friend, we see Alex back on the street, with new droogs, committing, the same types of awful crimes we were subjected to in the first part of the novel. As some of you may know, the New York publisher of the book omitted the final chapter of the book, which detailed Alex's change of heart towards crime and violence, and prepared him to look for a wife and to have a son; as he deemed it unrealistic given the pretext of the rest of the novel. I disagree; I do not find it at all unrealistic to see Alex change his ways. One of the main themes of the novel is the concept of juvenile delinquency. The 21st chapter (a homage to the adult age of 21), shows that Alex is capable of evolving; that he is indeed grown up. This theme of juvenile delinquency is echoed by the fact that Alex reflects that his own son will likely grow up to be a hoodlum like Alex was, and there is nothing Alex can do to stop it. This final chapter solidifies A Clockwork Orange as a masterpiece; showing the perilous condition of the adolescent, while also commenting that he is able to evolve and mature into someone and something better.

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    Mike 12-29-16
    Mike 12-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Oomny Plosh of Raskazz"

    To slooshy this audio edition of A Clockwork Orange, o my brothers, is to slooshy it well. It's fun, it's flip and it's bezoomney horrorshow. If you can pony it, you shall think it well and dorogoy as it fillys upon your mozg. Waste not a minoota, o droogs. Every slovo will bring a smeck to the rot of any chelloveck. Choodesney, hound-and-horny, nadsat and real, real horrorshow, oh my brothers.

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    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-23-15
    Adrian COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A true classic...ten times better than the movie."

    Loved this title...unfortunately I saw the Stanley Kubrick adaptation film before I read it...but to my surprise I enjoyed the book much more than the film...a real mind blowing experience.

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    GanjaPlanta 01-16-15
    GanjaPlanta 01-16-15
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    "violence lovers; must read"
    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4th out of the 17 audio books i have listened to


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

    hard to compare to other books because it is so characteristic and unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he was fighting with the old woman in her house before he was arrested


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the scene where the main character returns to the house that he victimized in the past


    Any additional comments?

    violent content

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    K. Burch 09-06-14
    K. Burch 09-06-14

    Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.

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    "The Audiobook is Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a fun read that tackles an interesting theme, and the language is a joy to listen to (although it gets a bit repetitive). I actually had an easier time listening to it than I did trying to read it several years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Alex. When a writer can get you to sympathize with a scumbag, you know you've just read something good.


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    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 09-02-14
    T Cyr Missoula, MT United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent! Vibrant! Insightful!"

    Amazing reader who brought this story to life. Had tired to read before but was so tripped up by the new language Burgess created for the character Alex that I could not get into it and gave up. But Hollander speaks it with such clarity creating depth and understanding to this masterpiece! It was utterly brilliant heard read out loud!

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    S Toms River, NJ, United States 05-02-14
    S Toms River, NJ, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The Performance Enhances the Story"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    The "humble narrator" is incredible in this reading. He really brings the dialect to life.


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    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 03-06-14
    Bryan ANTIOCH, CA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as I thought it would be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clockwork Orange to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I would have probably enjoyed it better. There were too many slang words being said that I don't know how to spell so I can't look them up. Hearing a really British accent saying British slang didn't make for easy listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the descriptions of the clothes and fashion of the era.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Tom Hollander. He did a great job of bringing an excitement to the narration that fit the storyline.


    If you could take any character from A Clockwork Orange out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clearly it would be Alex. Although lethal, he'd be fun to talk about music with.


    Any additional comments?

    The last hour of the narration is of the author reading 3 chapters from the book. So the actual story isn't as long as described. It also has a pretty long introduction that is important to hear because it tells the listener an important fact about the end of the UK novel, US novel, and film.

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    Hank 12-22-13
    Hank 12-22-13

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "Stellar, to all fans of the movie this is a must."
    What made the experience of listening to A Clockwork Orange the most enjoyable?

    That i knew the movie really well and how close some of the dialogue matched made it even better. The narrator was awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i haven't


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stanley did it.


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