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.
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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!
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!
Say something about yourself!
Avoid Being Insane.. or... Fight The Power
Every scene where McMurphy battles Nurse Ratched. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he doesn't
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.
Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies
Top 10 percent
McMurphy - complex, good heart combined with master manipulation
No but would definitely do so in the future
Not extreme but very memorable.
Would definitely recommend - movie was very good but the book is outstanding
I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!
Definitely Reilly's interpretation of Randle. What a hoot!
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.
Probably the scene at the gas station, when Randle is intimidating the attendants and using the mental illness diagnoses to the patients' benefits.
Randle, duh! Nurse Ratched is also up there, and Chief.
Have John C. Reilly read more!
"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.
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