This book has a free form that is rare in books. It is its own thing. It makes no excuses for itself and what is truly great is that it is not 'in your face humor'. None of the characters are trying to be funny, but are in spite of themselves by just being themselves. There is no hand-holding and events described earlier in the book come back later for some sort of explanation, but often as life itself, you might or might not find that satisfying. I do. It is brilliantly funny. Heller has been a real student of humanity and has captured many people who sadly, perhaps, are real enough around us if we care to look. It is a very personal work, no doubt, but one many can nod in recognition to and laugh at the strangeness, hopelessness and wonder of life.
As for the narrator, Jay O. Sanders, then he does a great job with conveying the sarcasm with a straight face, which for sure is how the humor is intended, and his voices are excellent.
Top marks all around!
I enjoyed this story because of the fact it was all over the place. Once you think you understand what's going on, there's a plot twist. The characters are so mysterious and fully developed.
I appreciated the different character voices that the narrator was about to do, making the story really come alive.
Catch -22 is like no other book I have ever read... It is reality, or at least my opinion, that is a book with many other literary tales brilliantly interwoven through out.
It is at times laugh out loud funny and at some points tears at your heart!
The characters are rich and the story in wonderful told!
Narration is good truly on of the most obscure yet beautiful tales of war and survival
The story itself is funny, interesting, and engaging. The characters are great and some of the situations are hilarious. Even if you don't listen to this book--read it! That being said, the narrator nailed it. I've listened to a lot of books with good, bad, great, and amazing narrators, but this was the best so far. I never thought I would find someone that nailed a book more than Christian Baskous nailed the Bukowski books, but I did. This is it. If you listen on public transport, be ready to get weird looks when you start laughing out loud.
I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!
I would listen to my favorite parts of it again. The book is hilarious in parts and poignant in others.
I loved how Heller could have the reader/listener rolling in the aisles one second and then on a dime remind us just how scary war really is. This book was a roller coaster.
It's a tie between Ore, the chaplain, and Major Major. For this question, though, I think Sanders's performance as Ore really brought out the essence of the character.
"That men must die is an inevitability. Which men must die is a matter of circumstance."
Sanders's performance really brings this book to life. Heller reads selections at the end, but his readings just feel so drab in comparison.
Anyone who has ever been at their wit's end with bureaucracy or lost on a sea of red tape will enjoy this. It's funny, it's extremely clever, and the characters are all unique, even within the context of a book built on so many quirky and bizarre personalities. As with any good read or listen, you have to catch the pace and rhythm, but once you do, you'll be screaming, "You're CRAZY!" and craving... Egyptian cotton.
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.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
This is an American classic, and one of the funniest books ever written. Its satiric look at the military is relentless. Heller makes fun of just about everybody and everything. Many of us will remember the movie, which was excellent, but the book gives us many more hours of enjoyment. Jay O. Sanders is a terrific narrator. He delivers the lines with wit and insight into Heller's thinking, and is tremendously entertaining. There are so many characters in the book who are unique and memorable that it is impossible to do them justice. The protagonist, Yossarian (played to perfection in the movie by the great Alan Arkin), is a creation of the highest level of genius. Heller creates snarky fun out of situations which have made other men feel doomed. Chaplain Tapman is a gentle man who can't make heads or tails of his post. Major Major Major is unforgettable. Captain Hmm Hmm Decoverley: who else on earth could think of a name like that? The ugliness of World War II is presented from the viewpoint of the young men who fly bombers over Italy and Germany. Heller's ability to see their predicament from a kind, gentle point of view does not at all diminish the horror of bombing and its results. No one else could create humor like this. Do yourself a favor. This is a unique work of art.
Not only is Catch-22 one of the greatest written works of our age, Jay O. Sanders does a marvelous job of recreating Heller's nuts-o band of military misfits. A masterpiece in audio.
How did this idiotic book get such great reviews from others? Where they paid? I endured 8 chapters of utter nonsense and pathetic characters and after that broke. I skipped ahead to the middle of the book and started again and missed nothing. I didn't wonder what was going on because it was the same. The narrator was great, the story horrible. In short you have a group of military men who don't want to be where they are, try everything to get out of duty and one guy (the main character) who is a sniveling little coward who thinks everyone is out to get him and fakes illness all the time to get out of stuff. Others saw dark humor, so maybe I just didn't get it. For me I wanted the enemy to drop a bomb and kill everyone I hated the characters that badly and I wanted the book to end. Even with speeding and skipping the book was way too long. Don't waste your money or the credit as they're are so many books out there that are sssooooo much better than this piece of garbage.