A Clockwork Orange

  • by Anthony Burgess
  • Narrated by Tom Hollander
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this 1962 classic, a novelistic exploration of modern crime and punishment, Alex is the 15-year-old leader of his gang of "droogs" thriving in the ultraviolent future, as prophetically imagined by Burgess. Speaking a bizarre Russian-derived slang, Alex and his friends freely pillage and slash their way across a nightmarish urban landscape until Alex is captured by the judicial arm of the state. He then becomes their prized guinea pig in a scientific program to completely "redeem" him for society.
If we had the power of absolute criminal reform, what, the novel asks, would this mean for our ideals of freedom and society? This edition reinstates the final chapter missing from Kubrick's film, in which Alex is on the verge of starting a family as he reflects on - and completely rejects - his adolescent nastiness. It also includes Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked".

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Real Horrorshow.

I had seen the film, and was interested to understand what the book was actually saying. As it turned out, it was saying a lot more than the film. I had not known that the American edition of the book - the edition adapted for film - had omitted the 21st and last chapter, essentially undermining some aspects of the books message. Stanley Kubrick cynically claimed that he had not read the last chapter until he was applying the finishing touches to the editing of the film, but I think it is more likely that by omitting this last chapter, he made the films conclusion more edgy and attractive to audiences. I thought the film was disturbingly good, but would advise people to listen to this audio version of the book. It has an interesting introduction by Anthony Burgess where he voices his disappointment that this is the one work he will truly be remembered for amongst a host of ones he regards as better and he explains how the 21st chapter was lost in the US edition. He also explains what 'A Clockwork Orange' actually is, which alas I had not really understood from the film - very interesting.

Well read by the narrator and a pleasure to listen to. A superb book that has not aged, but only become more relevant.
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- Sara

A revelation!

Having always loved the book and like many other "classics" had it sitting on my book shelf for many years I bought the audiobook with the intention of reading the book.

The introduction by the author sets the stall out clearly. This book is different than the film. In fact the ending is so different that it gives a completely different perspective on what it means to be a "Clockwork orange".

A fantastic read and definitely worth purchasing! Amazing.
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- L

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks