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.
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 had no idea what this book was about, but knew it was supposed to be a classic. There is too much sarcasm and cynicismin in life, and the last thing I wanted was a drawn out book written this way. I couldn't finish it. I guess it was written well, but I'm just not in the mood for this style these days. There was no intrigue, no interesting characters, no interesting story line. Just sarcasm.
I know this is a classic and stunning for its introduction to many literary methods, but it was a little hard to finish. It seems that everything had to be forced into following the title to the point I just wanted to scream "ok, I get it!" The constant ironies drowned out any sense of a plot and became tedious.
I was LOST at first listening to this book until I looked it up on Wiki and got 2 tips: one was that the timeline is not linear, there are backflashes and foreflashes - BIG HELP - and the other was a list of characters. Just scanning through the list once helped cement in my mind who was who - helpful in an audiobook where it's not so easy to flip back a few pages to refresh yourself re: who is who. Anyhow, the nonlinear timeshifts turned out to be exciting in the audio version. The characters - Jay Sanders did BEYOND outstanding not only differentiating them but also characterizing them - what a GREAT job narrating! I can't speak highly enough of Sanders! Catch-22 has been part of our culture for the last 40 or 50 years, so I don't need to rave on about the book itself. Actually, from my perspective, it's the various components of the book - the characters, the non-linearity, the proverbial "catch-22", the hospital, the repetitive bombing runs, etc - that make up the story almost more that the story itself (perhaps because the story gets kind of lost in the components, especially the time shifts). Anyhow, it was a wonderful, dark, scary, confusing, funny listen, sort of a grown-up "Alice in Wonderland" - Highly Recommended!