I was hesitant to read this book after seeing the movie years ago. I'm glad I changed my mind. The book is very entertaining and I would recommend it. The narrator was excellent.
I wish I'd have read this sooner. Light on plot, this strikes more of something of a bunch of guys hanging out telling life stories at a bar. I see this as one big piece of satire of government incompetence and bureaucratic red-tape. There were several moments where I was completely despondent over the ridiculousness of it all.
Sanders is my new favorite narrator. He absolutely brings this to life in a way that you'll get a lot more out of this book in audio than you ever could through print. This is a book that I would use as one of my first for someone skeptical of audiobooks based on performance alone.
The most depressing stories! I had to stop listening after the fourth story, I wanted to walk in front of a bus!
Always loved the book, it's a great work of literature that's both poignant and hilarious but Jay O Sanders' reading of it just elevates the whole experience.
Can't recommend it enough.
Although I found it to be a good book, well written and, of course, funny, there was lots of racially disturbing language and violence against women that. Things have changed for the better since it was written.
through the eyes of yosarian you get an in-depth and depressing look at military logic and culture. this book will take you through some truly dark and depressing places but the narrator and characters biting wit and cynical Logic will keep you laughing through most of it. this is a deeply layered book with wit and humor covering a dark look at the immoral reasoning and blatant contradictions of world-war 2 military culture.
be prepared, near the end you will be taken to some very brutal and depressing places but, not to spoil it, the book ends on such a brilliant and bright high-note it will leave you breathless. Jay sanders narration is mostly flawless, aside from his portrayal of some of the heavily-accented female characters (which I don't blame him too much for, he has a very deep voice it was going to be challenging for him to pull off). but aside from that his portrayals were nearly all spot-on. yasarian's voice fit perfectly and his voices for some of the generals and majors nearly had rolling on the floor with his deliveries. cannot recommend this book enough.
My first impression was that the characters and situations are overdone. None of the characters feel really real. Now, I recognize that I've never been in combat, so perhaps, the stress of combat can have people act to extremes, but I think this book is just parody. Moving the context to the social changes of the 1950's helps frame many of the situations presented in a much better light. I actually wondered how the character of Milo might have done in an Ayn Rand novel, would he have been heroic? I saw the film many years ago, so the voices of the characters sounded like Alan Arkin, Bob Newhart, Orson Wells, etc but that was a fine cast. It took a while but I did warm up to Yossarian. It's an enjoyable read.
The narrator made me wish Dustin Hoffman had played Yossarian also, much as I loved Alan Arkin in the role. Along with Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, the two great novels that expose the utter insanity of war.