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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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.
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!
Overall this was a good listen. The good narrator. Interesting story it was funny and a little sad. At times the whole idea of "the machine" got to be a little much and I would wish it would just move on with the characters but overall it was worth the credit.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
It's up there. I will probably listen to it again someday.
The hand through the glass windows
I have not - but this is a good one.
Not a single one of them - they're stinkin' crazy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and production.
One of the highest. A masterpiece of American literature come to life. A must read / listen.
This tale offers a frightening glimpse into the dangerous power strutures of a seemingly well-run methodical psychiatric institution.It perfectly demonstrates the dynamics when the wrong people are given the menacing tools to execute power over others. One of the most bizarre and tightly wound characters in literature, Nurse Ratched personifies irony in the extreme and offers a compelling portrait of a desperate, lonely woman who sucessfully manages to discharge her own neurosis in what would seem to be the most unlikeliest of places. Nurse Rat is certainly not the most likeable characters in all of literature but she is one of the most important and one we can all learn from. You can't leave this book without wanting to give the nurse and her minions a heavy dose of their own medicine - and that goes for the effete professionals who relinquish their power to her.
Reilly enhances the text at a good pace. Excellent for on the go thinking.
The Chief, of course. I'm sure he has so much more to tell. But perhaps a little too much for dinner. Maybe a large coffee in the park.
Absolutely incredible. John C. Reilly's interpretation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" makes the novel even more powerful than it is on its own (and that's saying something). His performance, paired with Kesey's already outstanding story, makes for one of the most impacting literary experiences I've ever had.
I hadn't read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in years, but it popped up as a featured book on audible with John Reilly as the reader and I couldn't resist. I'm so glad to have had the experience of listening to Mr. Reilly's fine performance of this fantastic book. I was completely and totally immersed in his world and my commute absolutely flew by. Even if you've read the book and seen the movie several times, do yourself a favor and download this audio version. You'll love it.
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