A bit too much wordplay. Though I'll give credit to the chapter in the middle about Milo Minderbinder needing an Egyptian cotton bailout from the government in order to honor the sanctity of contracts. It was prescient. The Yossarian joke to Milo about how Milo needs to argue that "ensuring there's a market for Egyptian cotton speculators to speculate in is crucial to national security" has basically been adopted by today's Fed & its open discount window.
As far as the audio goes, the narrator's General Peckham is a spot-on George W. Bush impression, so there's that. I guess.
Read this because it is considered a 'classic'. I found the story dumb and the point it was trying to make even dumber. The author could have made the same statement in half the time. Narrator was good.
I most enjoyed the irreverent humor and the situational antagonism between characters. It makes you think, what are people really thinking? Are they sincere in their beliefs and choices? How do people make decisions?
Heller's book is a wonderful study in human choices and human interactions. People are not all the same. They do not have the same beliefs. They may have similar desires, but their priorities may be different.
Obviously, I identify with Yosarian because, he comes across as the most healthy psychologically. He is mentally stronger. I may not agree with his choices of self over country, but then again, I have not walked in his shoes.
Jay O. Sanders does a wonderful job of bringing the soul and perspective of the many characters, something that I would have trouble just reading. The tone of his voice conveys more information than what a black and white page can convey.
I felt for Nately, because he seems so young and has so much life in front of him. Unlike Yosarian, he has external desires. He has something to die for. Which is more important? Having something to live for or something to die for?
I listened to the 20 plus hours of the novel during my 1 hour commute back and forth from work. It made my drive go by too fast. I could not wait to get in the car and into the action.
Milo minderbinder was the best character. As an absorb businessman he is the perfect commentary on the paradoxes we deal with in D.C. Every day as we create jobs to clean up the messes we make and earn a profit on both ends. This book is so classic and laugh out loud funny. I must say that the cadence of the reading takes some getting used to based on the double antandras and triple negatives and other patterns (e.g. They were good friends and there was oohing Usarian would door him). However, like a Shakepearean play ou get used to it very quicky and then the language is that much more colorful.
Great distinctions in the characters' voices.
I had to read the entire book in 2 weeks, so I decided to get the audiobook to supplement my reading and listen to the book while travelling to/from school/class. Now, all of my American Lit Class assigned books I've supplemented with audiobooks - a few of which I recieved right here at Audible. I just wish the readers of the other books were as good as the one in Catch 22.
No. He's excellent. He's set the bar pretty high as far as I'm concerned.
Milo Minderbinder. He's probably the most interesting entrepreneur and visionary, with the cojones to repaint a German war plane with HIS name on it! That, and he's popular in many countries and holds many titles outside the US.!!!! I kind of like that!
My favorite audiobook by far. Everyone has to live up to this one now! (Librovox, eat your heart out!)
I enjoyed this so much I am on the second time around. I love his use of language. I have to write down some of the words to look up later, I may buy the print version as well. The performance is excellent as well. At the end when the author reads an excerpt you really begin to appreciate how good the narration is.
Yes! I will listen to Catch 22 again because there are so many classic lines that I never want to forget.
YOSSARIAN: Let me see if I've got this straight: in order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy and I must be crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy any more and I have to keep flying.
I know there are many who have read this book either in HS or College, but in my opinion, everyone over 50 should read or re-read this book. Life experiences will help you relate to the characters and situations they must confront.
I read this book years ago. At least two times. It is a masterpiece. This reading adds a level of nuance to the book that is truly exceptional. The narrator picks voices for the various characters that are absolutely spot-on. The one caveat for those unfamiliar with the book is that the story is non-linear. Stick with it, it actually is pretty easy to piece things together as the story unfolds. You owe it to yourself to listen, and consider as you do how little things have changed since our adventures in Vietnam (which was current when this book was written) or in WWII, for that matter.
I never realized how sanely insane life can be ... Heller brought this out magnificently. The narration is perfect - best I have ever heard.
The absurdist humor is overly comicy. Strawmen are weakly developed and then ruthlessly destroyed as if the author was brave in doing so. The vibe of the characters doesn't feel like the WW2 generation. I'm not sure why I loved this book once upon a time. The wordplay can be fun at times but really its hollow and overrated.