The reading by Jay Sanders was fantastic. He is a master at different accents, voice inflections, and dramatic reading. I have both read this book and listened to the audio version, and I have to say that Jay Sanders performance made me laugh out loud many times and was gut-bustingly funny at times. A classic book and a classic performance.
This was required reading for me in high school. I enjoyed it so much, I read it 3 times in the time the assignment was given.
Fast-forward to my adult years, I found myself forgetting and almost longing to read it again. Audible to the rescue! It was a blast to hear this book read, although, the voice Sanders used for Yossarian was not the voice I imagined for him when I read the book.
This book is a sardonic comedy and a cautionary tale. It's goofy and profound, sarcastic and touching. Once you read this book: You will see Miles Minderbinder and Major Major everywhere. You will forever know exactly what a "Catch-22" really is. You'll think twice about war and those we send to war. Your definition of hero will be changed.
This book is intellectually challenging on a variety of levels and a variety of ways. Don't expect to listen to an "easy" book. Expect to be engaged. Enjoy the book for what it is and what it offers, but don't expect it to be like other books.
I would not recemmend this book because it is long, gets lost, repeats itself, and at times is just plain so stupid that it is not totally believable.
I would probably try another book to see if they are all like this one. If the second book turned out to be like this one then I would be done with this author.
I thought that the narrator was great... especially given the many single words that he had to read from several different characters at one time.
I would put Eddie Murphy and Jim Carey in it,
I may be one of the few that think this but I found the portrayal of the military very offensive and not done in a funny way. I loved the movie MASH and while it portrayed the army as a bit off it did it in a very tactful way. This book makes fun of soldiers dying and that is just not very funny to me.
read...listen...whatever. That is really all I have to say, but I guess my review needs to be longer or they won't let me post it.
This story is really worthy of being considered one of the best of the 20th century.
I loved every single word which still rings true about the military and life in a wild and crazy universe.
Each character was of great interest to me they are deep, and complicated.
Jay O. Sanders is the best reader that I have ever experienced. The absolute the best, hands down.
The film, which was very good and totally enjoyable is vastly different from the book.
Get this audio book, you will listen to it over and over again.
I love learning, teaching, and exploring!
This novel was different from any I've read before. There were some very funny sections. The author had a unique way of describing absurd situations, often in a circular, almost repetitive fashion. It was easy to pick up on again after having a short break from listening. The narration was also fantastic! I enjoyed listening to this classic.
A bit too much wordplay. Though I'll give credit to the chapter in the middle about Milo Minderbinder needing an Egyptian cotton bailout from the government in order to honor the sanctity of contracts. It was prescient. The Yossarian joke to Milo about how Milo needs to argue that "ensuring there's a market for Egyptian cotton speculators to speculate in is crucial to national security" has basically been adopted by today's Fed & its open discount window.
As far as the audio goes, the narrator's General Peckham is a spot-on George W. Bush impression, so there's that. I guess.
Read this because it is considered a 'classic'. I found the story dumb and the point it was trying to make even dumber. The author could have made the same statement in half the time. Narrator was good.
I most enjoyed the irreverent humor and the situational antagonism between characters. It makes you think, what are people really thinking? Are they sincere in their beliefs and choices? How do people make decisions?
Heller's book is a wonderful study in human choices and human interactions. People are not all the same. They do not have the same beliefs. They may have similar desires, but their priorities may be different.
Obviously, I identify with Yosarian because, he comes across as the most healthy psychologically. He is mentally stronger. I may not agree with his choices of self over country, but then again, I have not walked in his shoes.
Jay O. Sanders does a wonderful job of bringing the soul and perspective of the many characters, something that I would have trouble just reading. The tone of his voice conveys more information than what a black and white page can convey.
I felt for Nately, because he seems so young and has so much life in front of him. Unlike Yosarian, he has external desires. He has something to die for. Which is more important? Having something to live for or something to die for?
I listened to the 20 plus hours of the novel during my 1 hour commute back and forth from work. It made my drive go by too fast. I could not wait to get in the car and into the action.