One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest [Reading]

Christian Slater reads an adaptation of Ken Kesey's powerful anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" when published in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

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Christian Slater reads an adaptation of Ken Kesey's powerful anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" when published in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.In episode one, McMurphy arrives at the hospital, grinning and shaking hands with everybody.

It's the first time laughter has been heard in years but McMurphy is soon told that he must follow the rules.

This novel first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing the role of McMurphy in London's West End.

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Another chance to hear Christian Slater read Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" on its publication in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

In the third episode, McMurphy is taking bets on the World Series and he wants to watch the games but Nurse Ratched refuses to allow it.

McMurphy decides that he could bust out of the place using the big control panel, which is made from steel and cement, but he is thwarted by the weight of it.

This series first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing McMurphy in London's West End.

McMurphy wants to watch the World Series but Nurse Ratched refuses to allow it.

McMurphy wants to watch the World Series game but Nurse Ratched refuses to allow it.

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Another chance to hear Christian Slater read Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" on its publication in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

In the fourth episode, Nurse Ratched ignores a majority vote in favour of watching the World Series on TV and McMurphy talks to the Lifeguard about the difference between hospital and jail.

This series first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing McMurphy in London's West End.

Nurse Ratched ignores a majority vote in favour of watching the World Series on TV.

McMurphy asks for a vote on watching the World Series on television.

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052004111220100115

Another chance to hear Christian Slater read Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" on its publication in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

In the fifth episode, after questioning the other patients, McMurphy finds out that most of them are there voluntarily, whilst he, Scanlon and a few of the chronics are the only ones committed.

McMurphy decides to behave and to try not to provoke Nurse Ratched's fury.

This series first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing McMurphy in London's West End.

Christian Slater reads Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

McMurphy is shocked to find that most of the patients are there voluntarily.

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062004111920100122

Another chance to hear Christian Slater read Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" on its publication in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

In the sixth episode, McMurphy gets a day pass for him and nine patients to go on a fishing trip, with his "aunts".

The trip goes well, and the patients arrive back at the hospital sunburned, stinking of beer and toting salmon like conquering heroes.

This series first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing McMurphy in London's West End.

Christian Slater reads Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

McMurphy finds the Chief is not deaf and dumb after all, then plans a fishing trip for some patients with his 'aunts'.".

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Another chance to hear Christian Slater read Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel.

Based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital in California, it was described as a glittering parable of good and evil" on its publication in 1962.

It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious inmate in a mental hospital who leads a rebellion against the repressive staff.

In the seventh episode, the Chief and McMurphy are taken away for electric shock therapy.

The Chief receives one treatment, McMurphy receives three.

This series first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2004, when Christian Slater was playing McMurphy in London's West End.

The Chief and McMurphy are taken away for electric shock therapy.

McMurphy's companions on the fishing trip are forcefully showered, and McMurphy and the Chief receive some extreme treatment.

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Christian Slater reads the concluding part of Ken Kesey's powerful, anti-authoritarian novel, based on the author's own experiences at a war veterans' mental hospital.

Christian Slater reads the concluding part of Ken Kesey's anti-authoritarian novel.

Billy and Candy get together.

Meanwhile, the inmates get drunk on vodka and cough medicine.