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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John C. Reilly took on a major challenge to voice the character made famous by Jack Nicholson. But, unlike Nicholson, Mr. Reilly had to take on all of the characters and differentiate each with his voice alone. He did an incredible job. I can't even imagine how he was able to keep each voice straight and unique for each character. That is a testament both to Mr. Reilly and Mr. Kesey in that the dialogue was masterfully written as well as performed. Though I knew exactly how this story would end, this performance, and the chills that it gave me at the very end, will haunt me. Certainly a sign of both an excellent book and performance. If it's possible, Mr. Reilly should get a Grammy award for this recording.
For those who have seen the film but not read/heard the unabridged novel, you're in for a treat. The book fleshes out the narrator's (Chief Bromden's) inner world and societal viewpoint to a far greater degree than could be done cinematically. John C. Reilly does a good job of quickly changing between one character's voice and the next, coloring each voice with just the right amount of pathos, rage, doubt or joy as to be convincing. Music is used to heighten certain moments, but not to the point of being overbearing. All in all, a good way to digest this work!
John C. Reilly is a remarkable narrator. This book has a plethora of diverse characters and with Reilly's effortless ability to portray each character as an individual, it'd be a difficult task not to be immersed fully. Simply impeccable.
John C Reilly is the best narrator I've ever listened to. I never knew listening to a book could be this immensely enjoyable. He brings this book to life. He is better than the movie and the movie is amazing.
Please have John C Reilly read everything from now on.
I know of the acclaimed movie but I haven't seen it, and so the specifics of what happens were a bit of a surprise to me. But what really struck me were the images and ideas of the orderly machine-like rhythms of world that the asylum was trying to create, light that sneaks in through the fog in laughter and friendship, and the battle of men who are trying to assert their humanity and individuality in the face of someone trying to stand on them to maintain power.
There's a lot of misogyny in the book's themes, but the book is a product of it's time. The narration took a while to get used to, but in the end it was fine.
I enjoyed the story, which drew me in more as I listened. What's really outstanding about this production is the narration by John C. Reilly though. The book is full of interesting characters, and Reilly really makes them come alive, especially in acting out the dialogue. You can tell he's an actor first and narrator second, and that really works with this particular story.
I really enjoyed this book. It really shows how far some one will go to be the winner. I also really enjoyed John C Reilly's narration. I cant believe this was how mental illness was treated at one time. This one will stay with me.
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