Trade Ed. Harper Audio/ Caedmon 2007
CD ISBN 978-0061170621 $34.95 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780061450877 $24.95
Anthony Burgess’s 1963 novel was published with a glossary of the dystopian language used by Alex, the brutal teenage narrator. The quality of Tom Hollander’s performance, however, renders such help unnecessary. Hollander’s vocal suggestiveness, grasp of tone, and overall emotional resonance with the novel give listeners amazing clarity (especially if, like this reviewer, they’ve previously read the book relying on the glossary). You listen to Alex’s adventures, amazed at the clarity Hollander gives to such a verbally ambitious work. This recording also includes the last chapter of the novel (not published in the first American edition), Burgess’s later introduction to the book, and, from the Caedmon archives, Burgess himself reading excerpts. A rich, exceptional package. G.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2008 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 08]
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