"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is one of those books that stays with you, inspiring you to hear/read it again for fresh incites.
John C. Reilly is an amazingly talented person: singing, dancing, comedy, drama, broadway & movies. He does it all with such effortlessness. I found it easy to slip into the characters as he performed them.
I read this book the first time in my early twenties. I raged and cried for over a week feeling the injustice of the individual crushed by "The Man". As an older man with a family and lots of life experience, I find the insult almost as painful. Yet, I see more sides to the situations and accommodate some of the mutually contradictory events more readily. I also appreciate the writing differently than the younger me. At its heart, this remains a powerful visceral read for me.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether you've seen the movie or not, or have even read the book before. The story and characters are classic of course; But John C. Reilly's narration is a veritable one-man show. He does an amazing job giving voice to each of these characters. There were even a few parts during his narration of the group therapy sessions that I teared up a little it was so emotional!
I hope Reilly decides to make narration part of his regular repertoire.
Possibly. There are different voices for the characters so it's a fun listen.
The voices, and how he would emphasize different parts.
A wonderful novel, with memorable characters and an engaging story. The character of MacMurphy is the central axis of the novel, and he is a wonderful creation. The narrator does a fine job of voicing the different characters, including the one telling the story.
I have not read the print version, or at least I can't recall reading it. It is possible I read it many, many years ago.
I'm not in a position to suggest much, especially when dealing with an unreliable narrator (the Chief, not Reilly). Still, there were parts of the book that felt manipulated and beyond the domain of an unreliable narrator (e.g., like the fishing expedition, when the doctor drops out of the story, even though he was present). Of course, the book is a relic of the past, and relies on caricatures of many types.
Spoiler Alert!!!!I wasn't happy to see McMurphy die, but it was a very rich and poignant scene.
I wouldn't rename it.
An exceptional narration. It was clear Reilly everything he had into it.
Certainly. Because I enjoyed it so much.
Its pace, descriptions (both characters and scenes) and of course, the story.
Hard to say. There aren't any more books read by John C. Reilly on Audible. But his reading of this book is excellent, up there with Jeremy Irons reading 'Lolita' or Colin Firth reading 'The End of an Affair'.
No. Because it is too long for that.
enough about me, let's talk about you!
This book was on several Top 100 lists, prompting me to read it this time around.
John C. Reilly's performance was pitch-perfect for this novel.
Having not seen the movie yet, I think that let me appreciate the book as it stands.
The writing was sharp and witty, the characters were developed, and the plot moved with a purpose. What's not to like about this novel has been overlooked in favor of all of the good qualities.
This is in the top 10 audio books that I've listed to.
John C. Reilly's reading. I've seen him in a couple of movies, but I had no idea that he was capable of this kind of voice acting. Each character receives his own voice. One of the 3 best audio experiences that I've had.
Easily in my top 4, possibly in my top 2 favorite audio books, and I've listened to many.
I can't answer this, on account of spoilers, but I definitely have one in mind...
Love it. Love it. Love it.
I have been meaning to read this book since high school. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. As a side note, the music at the beginning of the narrative, does not last throughout the entire novel. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's a must read!