I drive a lot this book kept me thinking for most of a month, of a commute I would not give back. By the time your done you likely will be thanking Heller for writing this book.
The narration is one of the best I've encountered. I can see why this book is a classic. The book is incredibly(!) sarcastic, and I can see why many would not like it... if you do not have a dry/sarcastic/cynical sense of humor this is probably not for you.
Why did I wait so long? This is a terrific story that is a must read, performed masterfully by the narrator in this audiobook. I don't want to give anything away, but I would give this 6 stars if I could.
Here is a book that catches your attention, contains some legitimately funny parts, and really lays the smack down on beaurocracy and the realities of war. If you want an uplifting book, this isn't it. But if you hate war and desire to fight the power, this will catch your interest. You must concentrate while listening- there's quite a bit of stream-of-consciousness stuff.
I'm a frequent reader / infrequent writer of reviews. Generally, I find the reviews on Audible to be helpful. I decided to write this one because I just couldn't believe how much I *disliked* this book, considering all the high ratings and positive reviews. In a word, after enduring most of the first part of this book, I found it extremely "tedious". I am probably missing the point somehow, but the writer clearly thinks the book is quite funny. In fact, as a previous reviewer pointed out, it is funny the same way ~15 hours of an Abbott and Costello "who's on first?" skit would be funny. In the end, I just didn't have the stamina, or the time to waste.
It seems like people either love or hate this book. I tried hard, but could not get past the first two hours of the book. Many like this kind of sardonic humor, but this book's endless, circular self-absorbed logic with no hint of a plot left me cold. I wanted to engage in a classic, but after two hours, refused to waste the time. It is my first real disappointment with an Audible selection.
For the first time ever, I could not finish a book. I can not tell you if the book is good or not, but I can tell you that it is impossible to listen to. The narrator seems good, but I hate HATE that he goes from soft to loud. I can not hear the narrating unless I turn up the volume, then, when he reads a part of the character it is like someone blasting out my eardrums. I listen to the books in the car and I can not constantly adjust the volume. I hated this. Total waste of money.
I'm not going to waste any more time on this book, except to say I agree with all the single star reviews.
It was simply incongruous and absurd; like walking into an alternate universe where up was down and down was left and right was in…. None of it made sense.
What's perplexing is that so many people gave so many stars. Makes me think I'm in an alternate universe, where down is up and ...
I read all the glowing reviews, and was so determined that this classic would be one of my best reads ever, but I was disappointed. The best I could do was try to appreciate the comedic effort, and it just plain fell way short. Yes, there were some funny moments that amounted to about 15% of the book, but the majority of the humor was repetitive and nonsensical, like listening to 20 hours of who's on first. I also didn't find the portrayal of most Military personnel as stumbling buffoons very amusing, it ended up just seeming stupid. The bright spot was the excellent narration.Sorry though, can't recommend it.
Well read, but horrible story.
Horrible story, not funny, did not go anywhere.