Long but thoroughly enjoyed it. It seems like a play instead of a book with Jay o. sanders doing all those voice improvisations
I am surprised that army was so corrupt if that is true description from Heller's own experience. Also wonder if american army in Afganistan has similar characters and some one will write a book about his experience in war zone on these funny lines.
This novel may be very long and very detailed as far as character and dialogue goes, but that is the power and beauty of this story. I know all the characters so very well at this end of this long, often humorous, sad, boring, exciting, sad, and enjoyable story. I think the author sometimes uses monotony to help illustrate that which his characters are going through. It's a great experience and the narrator did an admirable job of preforming it. One way or another, you should experience this book.
High school history and psychology teacher and coach
I've long since recommended it for a read, and now can recommend it even more so as an audiobook. This is a book that deserved a great narration, and got it.
The narrator does a good job with some witty dialogue...he shifts voices and characters smoothly in a book that demands close attention.
I love this! I loved the movie, have owned the book many times, and yet I couldn't ever get through it because I was laughing so hard. When I saw this on Audible, I knew I had to have it. I've probably listened to it three times in one and a half years. I'll always love it!I'm trying to think of a Catch 22 to use in this review, oh well.
Anti-establishment holdouts from the 60s who confuse cynicism with wisdom and insight.
As Youssarian might say,
Amazing ability to shift his voice to portray different characters.
Surprise. I thought it would be a worthwhile read. The book has been hyped for 50 years as the greatest anti-war book ever. It isn't anti-war, it's anti-everything...makes a mockery of moral, cutural, traditional values. Strangely enough the only thing it didn't seem to mock was religion.
Jay O. Sanders gives each of the multitude of characters a clear voice and personality that helps this labyrinthal story flow.
I do not think I would have had the patience to read this book, but it was a wonderful listen. It is a very entertaining book that runs the gambit of the war experience - it can be lewd, juvenile, gruesome, and heart-wrenching. Collectively, all the stories and encounters within this book are worthwhile and thought provoking. I recommend it to mature young adults who are old enough to join the armed forces. This book provides a sobering (and sometimes hyperbolic) satire of war, and the atrocities found therein.
p.s. This book made me lol quite a bit too
The insights into human nature are profound and spot on, and a lot of the dialog had my laughing out loud. The narration on this version is excellent.
I'm told if you read a physical copy of this book, it's really quite enjoyable...
Really, the narrator killed this for me. His impression of every character has the same odd drunken inflection to it. Since the text involves a lot of yelling I found myself turning the volume down repeatedly just to get through a segment. I think multiple narrators would have been needed here for a solid delivery. As is, where Heller is trying to be humorous, only monotoned drudgery comes through.
That may be a little harsh, but really, I can't say I enjoyed this one.