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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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A fiftieth-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 hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth 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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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.”

    Time

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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

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

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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.