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
I felt I had a hole in my literature knowledge by not having read this book. I didn't know what was going to happen either. The story was excellent and the narration perfect. I was perfectly absorbed into the world of the story. One of the best I have listened to this year.
John C. Reilly did a fantastic job narrating this book. He managed to read in "voices" for each of the characters without making it sound overdone or silly. He made them real in a way that I would not have gotten from reading this book.
I have not, but would love to listen to more.
This book is a classic and well worth the read, but even better is a great listen. This is it.
John C. Reilly's narration of this book was first rate! I've listened to a lot of books, and he is by far the best narrator I've heard to date!
When "The Chief" finally speaks.
It's a perfect title!
I would rather say that this Audible version, and the book, are ten times better than the movie. The movie has its charm, but the poetry of the Chiefs view of events is necessarily lost on the screen.
John C. Reilly captures the character of McMurphy better than Jack Nicholson ever could. That isn't to say he does poorly with the Chief, whose poetic narration only highlights the coarse, blue-collar heroism of the main character. I truly hope Reilly comes back to Audible.
I haven't read this book in over 20 years so the details became blurry, and I remember the story line as being awfully dark. Instead the story was a delight. John Reilly made every character come to life and there were many moments of humor and good spirits. McMurphy was a marvelous character that brought the ward back to life.
If you are like me and haven't read the story for a long time - plunge in, you will love this audio version. SB
The book was very good, entertaining, enlightening on a complex issue, thought-provoking. Very very good study of the human mind, warped, normal or normally warped! And the fine lines between each.
A beautiful mind - dealing with mental illness.
The name is perfect.
I had no idea what to expect. Although I know about the film, I have never seen it, and I was always under the impression that this was sort of a comedy. Could not have been more wrong! I am a happy ending type of person, so I could tell from the first chapter that this was not going to end well. If I was reading this manually, I probably would have given up because this is what I would categorize as a "guy book." The thing that kept me listening was John C. Reilly's storytelling. He is an excellent reader, and used a great deal of dramatization and had each character customized so that I felt like I got to know each of these men in the story. I will shop for more books narrated by Mr. Reilly. I will eventually watch the film as I am currently watching the Academy Awards winners for Best Picture and the film of this book won in 1975. (That should have been my first clue that this was not a comedy.) At any rate, this selection is worth it, if for no other reason than to appreciate the performance of the storyteller.
The story is slow to start, but ramps up and finishes strong. John C. Reily's narration is excellent and helps with character development.
I thought this was a really enjoyable listen. I was eager to get back to listening to see where the stroy was going and how the drama was going to unfold.
The narration by John c Reilly
Maybe?..I don't know of any of his other books
When Broom first talks.
I finished it fast but I didn't hang on every word.
I loved mcmurphy's character and voice.
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