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Author: Anthony Burgess Narrator: Tom Hollander Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061450877
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A vicious fifteen-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic. In Anthony Burgess's 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. And 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 and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant novel…a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.”

    New York Times

  • “Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.”


  • “One of pop culture’s most influential and enduring pieces of literature.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “This audiobook gives new life to Burgess’ tale of recklessly violent youth, free will, and true redemption. While Malcolm McDowell forever infused viewers with the look of Alex in the film, Tom Hollander performs an even more amazing feat. With a smooth, almost lyrical, crisp voice, Hollander delivers Burgess’ “nadsat” dialect to readers with such rhythmic cadence that listeners will easily understand the extensive slang used throughout the book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2008 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Reviews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 4/15/2017

    " This was pretty cool since it had the original ending left in. I have seen the film but listening to the book I had not known that in the book the characters were so much younger than the film version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 6/27/2011

    " This book was not a light read. It was very dark and violent, but I enjoyed it overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas | 6/26/2011

    " a book that deals heavily with some of the worst aspects of society and it`s governments and the media.

    if you liked the movie, you may find the book is better, thanks to that last chapter, not included in the film "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lonnie | 6/24/2011

    " I was very surprised by this book. I found it much less visceral than the Kubrick adaptation, which is a good thing. The novel meditated more on the nature of adolescent violence, as opposed to the movie's approach, which was to revel in violence's excesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahauntedsoul | 6/21/2011

    " It is a dark book but is very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 João | 6/21/2011

    " "What's it going to be then, eh? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Postmandick | 6/21/2011

    " Probably the strangest and one of the most unique books I've ever read. Some great themes of moral free-will and general psychology. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxy | 6/20/2011

    " This book was amazing. It had twists and turns in every chapter and a very good meaning behind it. The book was short but still had a very good plot. I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys anything satirical with a dark theme to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/15/2011

    " This is honestly one of my favorite books of all time. I think it takes a very interesting look at what it means to be a person and what free will really is, and it does it in a crazy way that I really like. "

About the Author

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) was one of the UK’s leading academics and most respected literary figures. A prolific author, during his writing career Burgess found success as a novelist, critic, composer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, essayist, poet, and librettist, as well as working as a translator, broadcaster, linguist, and educationalist. His fiction includes Nothing Like the Sun, a re-creation of Shakespeare’s love life, but he is perhaps most famous for the complex and controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, exploring the nature of evil. Born in Manchester, he spent time living in Southeast Asia, the USA, and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England.

About the Narrator

Tom Hollander is an English actor with a stunning array of film, television, theater, and audiobook credits to his name. After graduating from Cambridge University, he continued his career in theater before moving into film and television. He is perhaps best known for the role that brought him to the attention of mainstream movie audiences, that of petty tyrant Lord Cutler Beckett in the second and third installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. His audiobook narration of A Clockwork Orange won him an AudioFile Earphones Award.