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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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    Tim Thompson Mesa, AZ 03-07-16
    Tim Thompson Mesa, AZ 03-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesomely SICK! Real Horror-Show type, I loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Clockwork Orange the most enjoyable?

    The need to find a dictionary with his new words in it.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    The voices and easiness of the vocabulary.


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    Lucas 03-04-16
    Lucas 03-04-16
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"
    Would you listen to A Clockwork Orange again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to A Clockwork Orange again due to it's extended vocabulary and dystopian significance. Anthony Burgess show a great amount of detail throughout the book which leaves you with a better picture of the plot than the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex is by far my favorite character due to his mischievous ways. He is also very hurtful and cruel which makes you sick to your stomach. A great amount of detail is shown to the life of Alex and you understand why he is in the state that he's in.


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    Misnick 12-11-15
    Misnick 12-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful Classic"

    Reading this book was like reading Rocky Horror Picture Show. No true character development. .

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    Matthew Fisk 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Tom Hollander is a perfect fit for this book"
    What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

    I had not seen the Kubrick movie in eons and had never read the book, so I went for it. Hollander is an excellent reader and has the precise timing I think Burgess's "humble narrator" would have. This edition also includes a last chapter omitted from several previous US editions, apparently, and Burgess's Introduction, read by Hollander before starting the novel, is worth not skipping if you are interested in Kubrick's film version versus the original. I am eager to try more Burgess books -- Clockwork Orange was sort of a British, very twisted Vonnegut in style, I found.


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

    No, but I bet they are excellent.


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    Sam Fredericks 11-21-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Real Horror-Show"

    I have listened to this before but had a strong desire to take the ride again. Spend some time with your little droogie Alex, an unrepentant psychopath, while he dishes out talchocks and that old ultraviolence. Step out of your day to day routine, peet some maloko with knives in it and get ready for a little dirty 20 to 1.

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    jdc 11-08-15
    jdc 11-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen"
    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    C.O. is somewhere in the middle. The narrator is compelling, but is occasionally hard to follow with all of the slang. It's fun to figure it out though


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex. The main character is quit a troublemaker


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    he kept up very well with proper diction and presentation of all of the difficult jargon


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

    the authors prologue was very special.


    Any additional comments?

    some of it is quite violent, but this only adds to important character development

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    Marissa 10-12-15
    Marissa 10-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A challenging must read for everyone."

    My favorite book, and the narrator did a spectacular job of bringing it to life!

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    Travis 09-09-15
    Travis 09-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Need a Translator"

    Great story. More in depth than the movie, however it is somewhat hard to follow with the slag style this novel is written in. All in all it's a great read if you like dark subject matter.

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    David San Jose, CA United States 08-06-15
    David San Jose, CA United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "This much better than the American version"

    Reading the original version. Nice introduction by the author talking about the difference between the US and original UK releases. I don't think Burgess knew how right he was. At the time there was a lot of concern about crime increasing and youth violence. What we've seen subsequent is that is a phenomenon of youth, that when we have a spike in the youth population that crime and violence will increase. The last chapter is the most important. Although this is a simple book, in so many ways, I appreciate raising the question of whether God wants goodness, if you don't have a choice otherwise. I found the slang easy to pick up, and there are online references, if you care to find them.

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-15
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    "Interesting look at politics"

    I went into this expecting a story of violence and abuse. What I got was a very good cautionary tale of what can happen when politicians get to run free. I would recommend this to anyone who follows a politician unquestioning. As long as you can understand the language, this novel will force you to listen to the whole thing in one go.

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