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Publisher's Summary

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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A great classic and excellent narration

This is a really great listen. The narrator dies a really pitch perfect job bringing the characters to life. Who really should the patients in the asylum be? The staff. The story is timeless. A great book to have in ur library

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Narrator rocked this favorite of mine!!!

If you could sum up One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in three words, what would they be?

Outstanding, & chillingly accurate.

What did you like best about this story?

Well of course when ol' R.P. McMurphy chokes the crap out of the sadistic nurse Ratchet.
Isn't that everyones?

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

Okay this is the reason why I wanted to write a full review. I have listened to a lot of books through Audible and John was one of the best narrators I've heard so far. He took the time and effort to give each character voice and well...character!! Thank you John for not messing up one of my all time favorite reads!!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book all ways moves me due to the subject matter, time period and how well it was written.

Any additional comments?

The US is still very much lacking in its care and treatment of the mentally ill. but man I am always more grateful for how far we HAVE come since the time period of this novel. It may only be a novel but it sadly is so true. This should be a must read!!!

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An excellent reading of a classic

This books lends itself perfectly to the audible format. John C. Reilly's reading is spot on to the theme of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The voice and pacing with which he reads further adds to the anticipation of the unfolding story. An excellent reading of a classic book.

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Much like the movie.

Great reader. It's the actor from Step Brothers. Worth reading. It's told through the point of view of the Indian.

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2.5 stars

While I enjoyed the imagery this book has to offer, it did little else for me. Your hero is a rapist escaping punishment. Also, based on the impression we are given of "the big nurse", it doesn't make sense to me that she wouldn't have disarmed our hero upon his first attempts to shake her hold on these patients. We are led to believe she doesn't relinquish control, so the main character should've never had the opportunities he had, and thus... no story. It's just a giant loop hole that provokes head shakes and prevents me from enjoying the story as I may have otherwise.

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Excellent story and narration

I've always loved the movie, but have never read the book. I now love the book more than the movie.

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More enjoyable than the movie!

What made the experience of listening to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the most enjoyable?

Listening to the narration from the point of view of Chief Bromden gives the story added depth that you don't get from the movie. I enjoyed the different point of view of the book. I enjoyed the movie very much and hearing the story as it was written gave me a new appreciation for the character's behavior.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked hearing how Chief Bromden perceived how other characters behaved and how Randle McMurphy influenced the ward, as well as evolved himself.

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John C. Reilly is Fantastic

I watched the movie 25 years ago, so the story was very loosely in the back of my mind. Listening to Reilly's outstanding performance made this a joy to listen. There was never a question which character was speaking.

Kesey's novel is memorable and he skillfully evokes the mid 20th century mental hospital. His characters are haunting and develop nicely throughout the story.

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  • 11-25-16

Life's a battle

This one isn't the usual storyline with a conflict and an upheaval where right and wrong battle and right and good win through and through. However it is much like life with a constant rub of fears somewhat self imposed.
I don't always choose reads like this but I'm glad I haven't missed this text. If I'd just known the story as the movie I'd be remorseful not having known each of them and the ending as it was.
Knowing this work has had influence in compassion for those with mental illness is a good thing. I have to wonder about the the nurse Rachet and Richard Vernons (Breakfast Club)of this world. Do we all forget at some point about the human in us and those around us?

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Outstanding! Moved to tears a few times . . .

The narration is outstanding, and the story is much different than the adaptation. Highly recommended for fans of the movie and Kesey alike . . .