One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ken Kesey
Narrator: Tom Parker
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2005
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 2 minutes
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"Powerful, poetic realism...makes the tired old subject of life in a mental hospital into an absorbing Orwellian microcosm of all humanity."-Life.

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. This Viking Critical Library edition is accompanied by essays, discussion topics, a chronology, and a bibliography.

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 and enduring favorite of readers.

Reviews (6)

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Written by Anonymous from Riverside, CA on March 13th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have been trying to read classics since I feel like this is a weak spot for me. I had no idea what this book was about. It starts of unusual and crazy but it pulls you into the story rather quickly. What I didn't like about this book was the language - it was harsh and crass. I eventually opted to stop listening to it. Not because the story line was good, but I just couldn't take the language. I opted to read some cliff notes to learn about this book. Too bad - the story line was great but offensive to my ears.

You're Crazy If You Don't Love It

Written by Skyler from Weed, CA on April 16th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

While its a cliche, this is one of the great American Novels. Its got it all - an uncaring institution, doctors, deep sea fishing, crazy people, a rugged individualist, hookers, gambling, minorities - plus, a great story. A must read!

Interesting setting and POV

Written by Howeln from Alpine, CA on July 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

While strange at first, this became and interesting book. The book is rather strange in the beginning, as your point of view is through a man with a number of loose screws, who slowly retrieves his sanity as the story unfolds.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Written by Anonymous on January 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. I really liked the narrator, as well as the author's descriptions.

A Classic

Written by Anonymous on October 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Even after reading the book I enjoyed the audio a great deal.

Definitely recommend it

Written by Lisa on July 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It took a while for me to get into this book, if only because Kesey's writing style is very different from anything I've read before. When he delves into his characters' varying degrees of insanity, I almost felt as if I was on one of his acid trips with him. It's fairly obvious much of his inspiration came from his drug use. But, stick with it. It gets very good as the novel becomes darker and darker. The battle of wills between Nurse Ratched and R.P. McMurphy is not to be missed.

Author Details

Author Details

Kesey, Ken

KEN KESEY was born in 1935 in Colorado and grew up in Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he received a Stegner fellowship from Stanford University, where he studied fiction under Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, and Frank O'Connor. Kesey's first two novels, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion", brought him great literary fame. His other books include "Kesey's Garage Sale, Demon Box, The Further Inquiry", and the novels "Sailor Song" (1992) and, with Ken Babbs, "Last Go Round". His children's books include "Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big D