This is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Yossarian is a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed on Pianosa, a fictionalised island in the Mediterranean between mainland Italy and Corsica. The squadron's assignment is to bomb enemy positions in Italy and eastern France. Yossarian's mission is simply to stay alive.
©1961 Joseph Heller; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
"The greatest satirical work in the English language since Erewhon. (Observer)
"Wildly original, and brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly, savagely funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it." (The New York Times)
"An apocalyptic masterpiece." (Chicago Times)
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"Brilliant all round"
Yes and. I rarely relisten to audiobooks, but this is a gem.
Too many to single one out.
No, it's too long and too funny. I've listened in small bites to really savour the humour and philosophy.
One searing indictment on the futility and stupidity of war.
"Perfect for running"
Listened to Catch 22 while training and for me it entertaining and easy not to drift off. Excellent narration.
"Very fun listen"
The narration by trevor white was really fun to follow. Each character had his own voice, which made the audiobook a real pleasure to listen.
The book jumps forward and back in time and not all parts make logical sense but its part of the book.
laughed quite a bit but the book has some dark moments
Bleak yet brilliantly funny, a surreal take on the absurdity of war. Narrated beautifully, an enjoyable listen.
"Book for adolescent boys to snigger over."
I've heard the expression "Catch 22" so often that I thought it must have been a reference to this book. I still don't know where it came from, but I doubt this book inspired a common phrase!
The story goes nowhere and, while the characters are very well defined by the narrators voice, it goes n o w h e r e at a frustratingly slow pace.
Never got there. I gave up way before then. 16 hours is a long time to listen to a bad sitcom!
No, thank you. I wish there was some way that I could block any suggestions for books from unwelcome authors so I don't buy another.
Why yes, and thank you for asking! I'm far more careful about the type of books I buy now.
The book was apparently a big seller in it's time, but I can think it was popular mainly among men who appreciate slapstick humour.
Not something I, or any women I know, would enjoy!
A intriguing and quizzical book, I came away with questions, so I guess I got caught in Catch 22.
"Read it instead"
I enjoyed Catch 22 but wish I'd read it. The narrator more often than not misses the sardonic, deadpan tone the book is written in, and instead we have to endure him overacting, putting on voices and continually raising his voice during dialogue. For me at least, it detracted to the point that the book became a chore to listen to.
the book is amazing. each character is more obsurt than the last one. and the narration is excellent
"You know there's a catch..."
Darkly humorous, ironic, disturbing, sad, and depressing all at the same time. Joseph Heller's magnum opus is a poignant satire on the cruelty and pointlessness of war. It is a study of men pushed to the brink of endurance and sanity by other men who want glory and 'tight bomb patterns' without having to risk themselves in doing so. It is about how men go to their premature deaths whilst others reap huge profits. It will make you laugh out loud and cringe inwardly at the same time.
It is a great novel but, and this is obviously a matter of opinion, also a badly written novel. It lacks the hand of a good editor. It is over-descriptive and the fact nobody can say anything in the book without an unnecessary quantifying adverb on the end becomes really irritating. If I'm really honest, some of the writing is quite amateur and you find yourself subconsciously putting a red pen through swathes of text just to keep it flowing, muttering to yourself 'get a move on'.
Having said that Trevor White does a splendid job with the text and really brings it alive.
"A true classic"
It's easy to see why this is a classic, listen and see there's no review that can do this justice.
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