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 an unflinching look at mental illness, psychiatric hospitals and friendship. The book explores the questions of sanity - what is it; what defines it? It also explores hopefulness, loyalty and heroism within the construct of a rigidly structured hospital ward reigned by a sadistic, insane (or compassionate, sane?) nurse and her similarly formed minions. With vivid symbolism, this book is considered an allegory for Christ's sacrifice to save humanity. The question is was the ward truly saved? How one answers this question, I believe, turns on one's view of Flowers for Algernon - is it better to never have experienced freedom/sanity/happiness/intelligence or better to have experienced it briefly then lose it in a consciously helpless way?
No, I don't mean I was surprised by the book's ending. I'd seen the movie, which is fantastic. And the book, of course, is even more fantastic. But herein lies the surprise: all the while, listening to this narrator I thought, "Wow. He is so talented! This guy is really going places..." And then, as the book comes to a close, he says, "This has been One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and I'm John C. Reilly." Ohhhhh! I had no idea! And I'm actually glad I failed to pay attention to the narrator's name and didn't recognize his voice throughout the whole book, as it allowed me to hear only his wonderful interpretation of the beloved characters' voices. And then, once I knew, I thought, "No WONDER! It's John C. Reilly! He's already BEEN places... great places. And this is another one of those places." :)
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I've seen the movie about 1000 times and I've read the book before. John C. Reilly is great. Just seeing his name combined with the title, I knew he would be RP McMurphy, and he was. He also didn't amazing job with Cheswick and Harding and especially the black boys. I was in a trance and could not wait to listen on my way to and from work.
One of the best audio books ever. Tremendous characterizations in the performance. I want to listen again! It helps to start with a literary masterpiece. If you liked the film (also a masterpiece) know that the book goes way deeper!
This is a really excellent reading. I was a little put off by the muted tone when I first started listening, but later realized that JC Reilly was setting the whole thing up perfectly. I've never seen the famous film to compare it to, but this reading is great, high-quality entertainment.
I had seen the movie which is a family favorite and was really looking forward to reading the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance by John C Reilly he really brought the characters to life. Wonderful storytelling.
Stop waiting and just get it. Reilly is even better than I imagined, and paired with this story, he reaches new heights.
One of the best narrators I've heard on Audible.
You can really visualize the characters brought to life in this audio book, which are consistent with the film. It appears that the narrator used the film adaptation to their advantage to portray compelling visceral characters.
If you enjoyed the movie, you'll love this audio book. The way which the book was adapted to film is a personal interest. The movie seemed to deviate only slightly from the book, only in ways which make sense to the respective format.
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