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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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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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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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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<br/>

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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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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
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  • 08-06-15

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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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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Such a good book.

Obviously, this is a very tough read, both for content and writing. But by listening to this audio book, I was able to understand the fascinating language that Burgess created a lot more than I had while trying to read it myself. Lots of violence, yes, but a very interesting take of what Burgess calls a clockwork orange - someone who has no choice when it comes to good or evil. They are simply either good or evil without any thought to the other. I liked that that the audiobook included Burgess' introduction as well as his reading of the first 4 chapters.

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Has the last chapter

What did you love best about A Clockwork Orange?

I like how it shows that the "Authorities" are not much better than the street thugs as far as morals go, only in perception. I loved the movie, and the book just fills in the details that you can't fit into a 90 film.

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

Taxi Driver, it has a similar main character

What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does really well with the accent and makes the character come to life. (I only wish there were a few more actors and sound effects, think old radio and I will give 5 stars)

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

Ultra Violence

Any additional comments?

Well worth your time

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Dim being really dim...

My favorite part is Tom Hollander's voice for Dim. Absolutely hysterical.

After the audiobook finishes, there are an extra two chapters of Anthony Burgess reading a Clockwork Orange! Although I was not ready to listen to this after finishing the entire text, I really appreciate the extra piece of audio and will listen to it another time. Although not as entertaining as Hollander, it's always interesting to hear the author read their own work.

I agree that audiobooks seem like a good format for this text because you don't allow yourself to get caught up in the meaning of inventive, mind-bending words.

(Good intro written by author placing film and American version in context and contrast with the author's intent

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