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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition | [Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.
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A 50th-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic.

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the story through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.

Hailed upon its publication as a "glittering parable of good and evil" (The New York Times Book Review) and a "roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them" (Time), Kesey's powerful book went on to sell millions of copies and remains as bracing and insightful today as when it was first released. This new deluxe audio edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original publication of the novel on February 1, 1962, and will be a must have for any literature lover.

©1990 Ken Kesey (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Adam 03-09-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I've always loved the movie but never got around to reading the book. The book provided some great backstory and analysis that I hadn't realized viewing the film.

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    Brian E Davis 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narrator"

    I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery! The voices and inflection he gave the characters helped bring the story to life.

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    TeleCat Louisville, KY 02-13-15
    TeleCat Louisville, KY 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good!! So very good!!"

    I never expected to enjoy this story as much as I did. I contribute most of that to the brilliant narrating of John C. Reilly! I, of course, always knew Reilly to be a super talented actor, so it makes sense he'd be great at voice-acting as well. But, for some reason, his particular voice and style lends this story exactly what it needs to hold you captive and keep you listening for hours! I've listened to a great many audiobooks by now, and this is now my new favorite!

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    LindseySV 12-12-14
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    John C. Reilly is the best narrator I've had the pleasure of listening to on an Audible book. His characters were each unique and totally consistent - his narration made the characters and the story come to life. It was a joy to listen to this book!

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    Michael Racine, WI, United States 08-21-14
    Michael Racine, WI, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Suprisingly Awesome Narration"
    If you could sum up One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in three words, what would they be?

    Avoid Being Insane.. or... Fight The Power


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene where McMurphy battles Nurse Ratched. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't


    Who was the most memorable character of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and why?

    McMurphy


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little apprehensive at first when I saw that the book was narrated by John C Reilly. While I enjoy him as a comedian, I wasn't sure if he would be able to pull off the performance necessary to narrate this story. I was completely wrong. After listing to this audiobook, I can't imagine it being read by anyone else. Fantastic performance.

    As for the book itself... I first saw the movie years ago, and at least a few times since. So, I had some preconceived notions as to what to expect. While the movie was great (as was Nicholson's portrayal of McMurphy), the book adds another layer of depth to the story. Definitely worth a listen.

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    Motorjaw California 07-20-14
    Motorjaw California 07-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies

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    "Worth the wait - great narration - great story"
    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 percent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McMurphy - complex, good heart combined with master manipulation


    Have you listened to any of John C. Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but would definitely do so in the future


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme but very memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Would definitely recommend - movie was very good but the book is outstanding

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    Bloo Florida 07-08-14
    Bloo Florida 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!

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    "What an entertaining book!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the most enjoyable?

    Definitely Reilly's interpretation of Randle. What a hoot!


    What other book might you compare One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to and why?

    Anything having to do with psychology, fiction or not- especially if it's talking about outdated treatments, which remind me of some of the nurse's methods.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene at the gas station, when Randle is intimidating the attendants and using the mental illness diagnoses to the patients' benefits.


    Who was the most memorable character of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and why?

    Randle, duh! Nurse Ratched is also up there, and Chief.


    Any additional comments?

    Have John C. Reilly read more!

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    Robert 03-09-14
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    "Wow!"
    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "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.


    What does John C. Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    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.

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    Dana New Haven, CT 02-05-14
    Dana New Haven, CT 02-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Professional appreciator.

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    "A one-man show!"

    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.

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    Plotnus Lakota 12-12-13
    Plotnus Lakota 12-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite Audiobook so far"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to be better than the print version?

    Possibly. There are different voices for the characters so it's a fun listen.


    What about John C. Reilly’s performance did you like?

    The voices, and how he would emphasize different parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Audiobook.

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