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.
Fantastic story. Fantastic narration. Must listen. Loved it. Could see the whole thing in my mind's eye like I was there. Totally recommend this one.
Still one of the finest satires that I've ever read. It is biting, mordant, and alternates between caustic wit and unaffected pathos.
Being an old and somewhat jaded, there are very few things that make me laugh aloud, but Heller's masterpiece can.
But I sincerely wish that Heller could listen to Jay Sanders' utterly brilliant performance. It may be the single finest audiobook performance that I've ever listened to. Natural talent is something that many possess (although not as many as might think so), and Sanders certainly has that.
But unlike many talented people, Sanders has refined and polished his performance skills. His emoting, his pacing, his comic timing, and his variety of voices are blended into a mesmerizing performance. It seems to me that Sanders has an ability that few others have, or even pay attention to; he seems to have considered the entire novel as a multilayered performance whole, and his rendition has what I think of as an internal integrity. I believe that Sanders could make an audio performance of the soap opera synopses in the newspaper and make them an entertaining and engaging -- and hilarious -- performance.
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