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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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    Lee Punta Gorda, FL, United States 04-10-12
    Lee Punta Gorda, FL, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2017

    Recently retired college prof in the social sciences. Currently, a curator for the national non-profit I founded in 1976.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A performer whose accent is not a distraction from the story.


    Has A Clockwork Orange turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Clockwork Orange?

    The violent ones. But that would have changed the whole work. Some readers relish violence. I'm not one of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is reputed to be a classic. In its time, it was no doubt edgy because of its violence. Edgy, however, does not necessarily stand the test of time.

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    Shawnna Veasey 12-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad I listened but not easy"

    The story is great. The language the author uses would be difficult to understand if it was in print but it's at times impossible when you're only listening.

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    Adam 12-14-16
    Adam 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Last Chapter Matters"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the introductory narration from the author about his book, I find the history of books and the context in which they were written to be important. A Clockwork Orange has a fascinating history and the fact that American publications excluded the last chapter says a lot about that time period and the people. Along with that I found the last chapter of the book to hold profound significance for Alex (the narrator), it really isn't the same book without those pages.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening I wasn't sure I would be able to get through it because the Nadsat slang used along with British accent made it incredibly confusing but I found that by the end I understood all of the terminology used. I would recommend sticking it out and continuing along with the book even if it is hard to understand at first.

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    SHARON WOODGER 10-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    Anthony Burgess should have narrated this book. The last excerpt was read in a way that was more understanding than the person they hired to do the job. "Youth is wasted on the Young". Would be my explanation of the book. Tough to get there language but a good read in the end. Dark

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    anastasia 09-22-16
    anastasia 09-22-16
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    "Great!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this novel. It captivating and interesting. Gets you thinking. true classic LOVE IT

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    Ryan 08-22-16
    Ryan 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding narration, ok story"

    This book is hard to listen to, especially at the beginning. The entire book is written using old British slag and heavy accents. After a few chapters it begins to become easier to understand what the author is talking about but even towards the end of the book I found myself clueless to some of the slang. The Narrator however gives an outstanding performance in this novel. I personally didn't feel this book to be awe inspiring or thrilling in anyway. There is a lesson to be learned but it was expected from the start of the book.

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    pace 08-20-16
    pace 08-20-16
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    "Tough but worth it."

    It is an adventure on speech alone. There are so many made up words and words pulled from other languages that even if the story wasn't that great, it would still be fun trying to figure out what all of the bezoomny words are that they are using. It does have a very good story though. The ultraviolence can be a bit strong but there is a lot of growth for the humble narrator throughout.

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    Jeremiah 06-03-16
    Jeremiah 06-03-16

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    "Excellent narration. Might be best ever."

    Narrator made a great book even better. Not sure why I have to say at least 15 words on this post.

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    David 05-22-16
    David 05-22-16 Member Since 2016

    A reader who loves mid-century literature and inventive fiction.

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    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Clockwork Orange is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to, largely due to Tom Hollander's superb narration. I tried to read this book several times but could never get beyond a few pages due to the Nadsat slang. I believe A Clockwork Orange is one of those books which is better read aloud than silently. Hollander brings this book to life, and I can FINALLY see why it is such a cultural classic.


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

    A Clockwork Orange explores similar themes to many bildungsroman, though with a much darker plot. Thematically, I could see some 'The Catcher in the Rye' inspiration. For those who love Margaret Atwood's troubling dystopian societies, I think this would be a good fit. I could also sense some 'Darkness at Noon' and '1984' inspiration in parts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Despite the controversy, I thought the twenty-first and final chapter was perfect. I didn't find it to be silly or superfluous or needlessly sentimental. As we grow up, our priorities change, and I think Burgess hit the nail on the head with this one.


    If you could rename A Clockwork Orange, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better name for the book.


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    Chimpa64 Ithaca, NY USA 04-19-16
    Chimpa64 Ithaca, NY USA 04-19-16
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    "Fantastic performance!"

    This book is a classic. While the story is violent, it is one of the most beautiful works of language and vocabulary. The narrator is absolutely fantastic as the Nadsat slang using, 15 year old, ultra violent protagonist. This version contains the original 21st chapter.

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