This is a complex book, but an important one, and enjoyable to listen to. The large cast of characters, and the complex narrative pattern--you often aren't sure where you are in the temporal order of events--make it a little challenging. But it's very funny, and the humor has real bite to it. The primary target is military bureaucracy, but the broader target is a messed up world where what is actual crazy is classified as sane, and vice versa.
A long time ago I read the first 100 pages of Catch 22 and gave it up, feeling that it was a bit of a one joke book. But I was wrong about that. For one thing, the work changes, and towads the ned becomes quite dark.
The narration is excellent.
I'd read this book back in high school as required reading. I remembered enjoying it and recently decided to do a reread. I definitely made the right decision doing my reread as an audiobook. Jay O. Sanders does an amazing job with this recording. He really brings the characters to life. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough. He really brings out the humor in it and his pacing, character voices and understanding of the work bring so much to an already outstanding piece of literature.
yesterday today tomorrow - The same characters have always been with us, and always will be.
God Knows - also by Joseph Heller.
I have never listened to Jay Sanders' work before. He was a master with Catch-22. There are not only dozens of voices but an equal number of wildly different personalities and points of view expressed by what the characters say and how they say it. I have no doubt that Mr. Sanders read through the book more than once and plotted his approach meticulously before making the recording. A remarkable achievement.
Why, Yossarian, of course. He sees things clearly, says what is true, and lives well.
I first read Catch-22 in college soon after it was published. I have read it three more times since then, the last after I had found a trophy hard bound copy in a used bookstore. It was one of the first books I bought from Audible and I have listened to it twice. I love this book. It is one of the five best books of the 20th century. And I am still not sure what happens, when, in the narrative.
I would definitely listen to this novel again, or maybe even get the hardcover. I have been meaning to read this book since high school, but have never found the time. I am glad that I finally made time.
I just thought I should read/listen to this classic and I've had trouble getting into it. I'm most of the way through the first part and I'm just not bonding with the characters and all the catch 22 stuff is less profound than I imagined. I think the performance is fine - it just isn't my bag.
The narration is outstanding!
Probably not, I don't seem to be a fan, although the book itself is well written.
The voices! The way he says things and how it comes out when acted make it much better than if I'd struggled through reading it on my own.
Hahaha. No. Wayyyy too long. It would probably kill you.
Love mystery books
I will absolutely recommend it to my friends.
Funny, memorable, and aspects of the book continue to resonate in my mind.
A top performance - really.
Obviously discovering what Catch-22 is
No. It's too long for that.
For the first 25% I was luke warm on the book. Then I sort of got into the groove of it and really loved it right to the end.
After a lot of hype I expected better. Then again taste does play a major role here. For me the repetitive dialogs and pseudo intellectual story line does very little.
I have read Catch-22 many times over the years. I'll be happy to listen to it many more times. Once you read this book you will find Catch-22's popping up in your life. Especially if you work in large corporation. Dilbert cartoon creator making a fortune pointing them out.