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Mr. Reilly does a beautiful job of bringing this classic to life. A story that digs into the human psyche and roots around till we see a clearer picture of ourselves. It is hard not to have a picture of Jack Nicholson as McMurphy in ones mind during this compelling story. Could we all be as crazy as McMurphy, things might be more fun around this blue ball we live on. This is a great listen.
I love this novel and consider it one of the best American novels of the past 100 years. John C. Reilly's narration was supperb.
I've never heard him narrate a book before but I do think that he is a good actor and have enjoyed him in such movies as Boogie Nights.
I watched the movie 25 years ago, so the story was very loosely in the back of my mind. Listening to Reilly's outstanding performance made this a joy to listen. There was never a question which character was speaking.
Kesey's novel is memorable and he skillfully evokes the mid 20th century mental hospital. His characters are haunting and develop nicely throughout the story.
This one isn't the usual storyline with a conflict and an upheaval where right and wrong battle and right and good win through and through. However it is much like life with a constant rub of fears somewhat self imposed.
I don't always choose reads like this but I'm glad I haven't missed this text. If I'd just known the story as the movie I'd be remorseful not having known each of them and the ending as it was.
Knowing this work has had influence in compassion for those with mental illness is a good thing. I have to wonder about the the nurse Rachet and Richard Vernons (Breakfast Club)of this world. Do we all forget at some point about the human in us and those around us?
The narration is outstanding, and the story is much different than the adaptation. Highly recommended for fans of the movie and Kesey alike . . .
This is one of my favorite novels when I was in college, and it was read so well, with such natural pacing and unique voices for each character that I felt I was there with Chief, McMurphy and the boys. Perfect match between novel and narrator.