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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"Catch22 still works today..."
Great story, very well read. And C22 is alive and thriving in the world in 2015; is this good or bad or sad??
Used to listen to this while out walking and often burst out laughing.
Hated the ending because it was the end.
"An instant classic"
Upon finishing the audio version, voiced brilliantly by Trevor White, I found my self ordering the paperback and going through the whole experience again. Catch 22 shows the often absurd ways of war. Bringing up major ethical questions and showing the darker side to war. At its heart it's a core it's a deep, tragic, funny and compelling book that once finished will have you thinking and questioning for months. A must read.
I won't worry about reviewing Catch 22 as a novel - plenty of others have done a far better job.
Trevor White's performance, however, was engaging and lighthearted despite...
- spoiler alert -
...the horrors in the last third of the book, just as I imagined the original text.
Well worth my time and money.
When I was a child in school, my teacher told me to read Catch-22 because I'm just like that. Was I always trying to get out of everything, to find a way not to have to do things? So eventually, I have listened to Catch-22. 30 years later. The bureaucratic nature of the military is perfectly profiled in this book. And so also is the humdrum and irritation of living in close quarters with a group of other people who are slowly losing their minds. I am glad that I have listened to it so that I can tick off that box but be prepared to share in the monotony.
I've only been using Audible for a year, and I've listened to this twice so far. Truly a brilliant novel.
"A modern classic"
A book which impressively manages to be extremely humorous yet deeply philosophical. Well read with good timing and vivid characterisation.
loved the story when I read it!!! loved it even more when I got it on audible...Trevor White brings the story got life...a fantastic listen
"Great craic altogether. Really enjoyed it."
Loved the messing about with the structure of every argument to tie everyone up in knots. Great read. Thank You.
Always wanted to read this book and I suspect that hearing it added to the experience. Very witty, once you get into the author's humour.
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