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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Kesey Narrator: John C. Reilly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781101538777
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An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s.

A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy’s revolution against Big Nurse—and everything she stands for—quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle … with shattering results.

With One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority, and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become an enduring favorite of readers around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A glittering parable of good and evil.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Kesey’s] book is a strong, warm story about the nature of human good and evil...A roar of protest against middlebrow society's rule and the invisible rulers who enforce them.”


  • “You feel this book along your spine.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Mr. Kesey has created a world that is convincing, alive, and glowing within its own boundaries…His is a large, robust talent, and he has written a large, robust book.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Narrator John C. Reilly’s performance is superb. Reilly immerses himself deeply in the personalities who make the story so memorable, channeling their emotions with inflection, volume, and a strong sense of realism...This is a performance to be remembered.”


  • “Is it a tale of good versus evil, sanity over insanity, or humankind trying to overcome repression amid chaos? Whichever, it is a great read.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is a thoroughly enthralling, brilliantly tempered novel, peopled by at least two unforgettable characters…Make no mistake about it; this is a ward and not a microcosm.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey (1935–2002) was born in Colorado and grew up in Oregon. As a young man he exhibited the charisma and imagination that would later make him an icon and one of the founders of the American counterculture. He received a scholarship to attend Stanford University, where he enrolled in the creative writing program. His first book, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was followed by Sometimes a Great Notion. His bus trip from California to New York City with his friends, who called themselves the Merry Pranksters, became the subject of Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.