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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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    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there. I will probably listen to it again someday.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    The hand through the glass windows


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

    I have not - but this is a good one.


    If you could take any character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Not a single one of them - they're stinkin' crazy


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and production.

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    "Portrait of Insanity (and its not who you think)"
    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the highest. A masterpiece of American literature come to life. A must read / listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    Reilly enhances the text at a good pace. Excellent for on the go thinking.


    If you could take any character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


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    gkm Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-04-13
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    "Phenomenal."
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    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.

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    Julia San Mateo, CA, United States 11-25-12
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    "John Reilly is incredible"

    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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    Bellabella Va Beach, VA United States 11-08-12
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This is one audio book that I literally sat in the driveway listening until the chapter I was listening to ended. I had never read the book, but seen the movie, so was pretty familiar with the story, which was pretty heartbreaking. I hope mental health facilities have improved since the 60's. John C. Reilly was beyond good - sure hope he reads more books.

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    Holly Yosemite, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Holly Yosemite, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved it, Great Way to Read this Classic"

    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.

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    Jennifer 11-06-12
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    "Amazing Narration"
    What did you love best about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    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.


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

    I have not, but would love to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic and well worth the read, but even better is a great listen. This is it.

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    Emily Blair, OK, United States 10-25-12
    Emily Blair, OK, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "John C. Reilly is amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    The ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When "The Chief" finally speaks.


    If you could rename One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, what would you call it?

    It's a perfect title!


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    Brooke L. Morris 10-10-12

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    "Reilly IS McMurphy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


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    S. Bauer 10-04-12
    S. Bauer 10-04-12

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    "This reader is wonderful"

    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

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