One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • by Ken Kesey
  • Narrated by Ken Kesey
  • 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of the most electrifying, most admired novels of our time. Set in the bleak confines of a state mental hospital and narrated by a half-Indian patient named Chief Bromden, it's the story of a titanic battle of wills between two unforgettable characters.On one side is Big Nurse, who rules her ward with iron discipline. On the other is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a lustful, brawling, life-loving new inmate who refuses to knuckle under to Big Nurse's soul-destroying methods. In the end, McMurphy pays the ultimate price for his defiance, but not before the rebellious spirit has shown Chief Bromden the way to reclaim his future.

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What the Critics Say

"A glittering parable of good and evil." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the Rulers who enforce them." (Time)

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Customer Reviews

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A Masterpiece!

Ken Kesey says that he never watched the movie because he disagreed with Jack Nicholson playing the lead character. The book is definitely better than the movie. It's art.

Ken breathes heavily in parts and that is distracting but it is interesting to hear how the author reads his own words.
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- majordude

Even better than I remember1

Like most, I remember this movie from many years ago. At that time, I was quite moved by it. And when I listened to the book, I was doubly impressed. Exquisitely written and pulls no punches. Try this one.
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- Nina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books