Having seen the movie and finding it hilarious and moving, I wasn't sure if the book would live up to my expectations. It did! I find it interesting some of the reviewers just don't get the humor. Don't let them detour you from trying it. If you "get" it, it will be on the top of your best loved book list.
This is easily the best book i have ever read. The Narrator, Jay O Sanders, is amazing. You feel his passion and he mastered the art of dialog when the characters have conversations with eachother.
Hard to listen to. Re-started listening to this book three times and never got beyond half of part one. There is something about the way this book is narrated that makes it very hard to concentrate on. I listen to audiobooks all the time, and this is one of my worst experiences.
I drive a lot this book kept me thinking for most of a month, of a commute I would not give back. By the time your done you likely will be thanking Heller for writing this book.
The narration is one of the best I've encountered. I can see why this book is a classic. The book is incredibly(!) sarcastic, and I can see why many would not like it... if you do not have a dry/sarcastic/cynical sense of humor this is probably not for you.
Why did I wait so long? This is a terrific story that is a must read, performed masterfully by the narrator in this audiobook. I don't want to give anything away, but I would give this 6 stars if I could.
Here is a book that catches your attention, contains some legitimately funny parts, and really lays the smack down on beaurocracy and the realities of war. If you want an uplifting book, this isn't it. But if you hate war and desire to fight the power, this will catch your interest. You must concentrate while listening- there's quite a bit of stream-of-consciousness stuff.
I'm a frequent reader / infrequent writer of reviews. Generally, I find the reviews on Audible to be helpful. I decided to write this one because I just couldn't believe how much I *disliked* this book, considering all the high ratings and positive reviews. In a word, after enduring most of the first part of this book, I found it extremely "tedious". I am probably missing the point somehow, but the writer clearly thinks the book is quite funny. In fact, as a previous reviewer pointed out, it is funny the same way ~15 hours of an Abbott and Costello "who's on first?" skit would be funny. In the end, I just didn't have the stamina, or the time to waste.
It seems like people either love or hate this book. I tried hard, but could not get past the first two hours of the book. Many like this kind of sardonic humor, but this book's endless, circular self-absorbed logic with no hint of a plot left me cold. I wanted to engage in a classic, but after two hours, refused to waste the time. It is my first real disappointment with an Audible selection.