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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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.
I would perhaps list this as one of the greatest literary experiences of my life.
Please. Please listen.
I think I've recommended this book to all my friends as a pure example of why Audible is so awesome. Sometimes you think you've listened to everything you want to listen to, and one day you're scrolling through Audible and you come across John C. Reilly reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and you're like, DUH, NO BRAINER. And he did not disappoint. This was one of the better listens I had this year. His skills as a dramatic actor really shine through here.
I have read Cuckoo's Nest in print at least four times, and I really didn't think an audiobook could add anything to how wonderful and moving it is. Reilly's rendition is heartfelt and well-suited to the story, and he plays the different characters with sympathy and respect. I wholeheartedly recommend this.
Excellent classic that is sadly more realist than most will realize unless in or experienced in mental health. Larger world lessons parallel this small ward. Worth your time, a great listen!
Everyone already knows the story (probably from watching the Jack Nicholson film), but the real story here is John C. Reilly's amazing narration! "One Flew Over a the Cuckoo's Nest" has never been better!
Doesn't get any better than this. Wow! I have such a new found respect for John C. Reilly --he truly made the masterpiece book come to life. It blew me away that the goofy actor from Talledega Nights and Step-Brothers has so much depth. Do yourself a favor and check this out! It's a damn shame that he hasn't narrated any other books.
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