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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An Ecclectic Classic

It isn't always easy to listen to a book that predicted the future which such harsh judgment based upon the developing truth of its own times. "Clockwork" is just such a book. But, I am gratified to say that, it is so much easier to listen to than it was for me to read thirty years ago.
I feel some empathy for the book because it has resonance with my life. It was published the year I was born and it must have been as startling to readers as my first breath was to me. In fact, it must have been a shock. Burgess' tale of what now we might euphemistically call a "dysfunctional" boy, 15 year old Alex, is immediately recognisable. He is a hooligan amongst the common hooligan's we read of nearly every day, the violence that we see on our screens (fictional and fact) and on the streets of our urban jungles. His story (particularly his political manipulation) remains vividly and shockingly relevant 50 years on.
I was intrigued by the Foreword by the author and by the priceless reading by him of three chapters from the original 21 a decade or more ago. Amazing too was the discovery that until this edition was released in the US, only the first 20 chapters had been included in that country (which totally makes for a different book). Still more astounding was it to read that, on his death, he still lamented that he was best know for this dystopian work. At least he seems to have in part accepted that in some way he influenced people because of it (albeit that this must have been a difficult think for him to accept).
It remains to say something about the audio skills of the extremely talented Tom Hollander. It speaks volume for his skills that not once did I picture his well known and angelic face. Strangely, from time to time I though of Jude Law with a shaved scone or a young Michael Caine (the latter lest surprising given the unique cockney, come eastern bloc lingo that passes as communication among this sub-human crew).
The violence is vivid and in your face, so this isn't for everyone. However, if you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining listen with a moral underscore, you won't be disappointed with this production.
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- Ian C Robertson "Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't."

Masterly and incisive!

'A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.'
The book might appear shocking because of the amount of ultra-violence like rape, murders, tolchoking (battering or hitting in nadsat). The way a thug depicts them in a casual, nonchalant sort of way, evidently enjoying that bloodletting, can be offputting. For instance, the scene which describes having sex with two ten-year-old girls was disturbing for me. But the novel isn't about glorifying violence. It's about choosing which way to go. It's about the protagonist's metamorphosis.
I watched S. Kubrick's film, and I had no idea that he used the truncated version of the book. And I had mixed feelings about the film. This audio consists of the original 21 chapters, which is fair.
The rendition was outstanding. I loved Tom Hollander's performance. He can do any accent, any character of any age. I'm fond of his timbre changing from harsh to mellow. I've truly admired his work ever since I watched the Land of the Blind.
The language was fun and a treat for me, since it's mostly based on modified Russian words, and being a native speaker of Russian, I got a kick out of it. Smecked my gulliver off in nadsat. Perhaps, to get a better and quicker understanding of the language, readers can study the glossary of the words used beforehand.
In short, listening to the book was a captivating experience!
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- ESK "There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin"

Book Details

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