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Catch-22 Audiobook

Catch-22

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Nearly 50 years after it changed the American lexicon, Catch-22 is as biting and relevant in its satire of war and bureaucracy as when it was first published. Jay O. Sanders delivers a near-perfect performance. He uses his naturally deep, vaguely military tone to wring every bit of irony from Heller's prose, while bringing the cast of characters to life with some of the funniest performances I've heard on audio. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original.

It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

Catch-22 is a microcosm of the 20th-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.

©1955, 1961 Joseph Heller; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"An apocalyptic masterpiece." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"One of the most bitterly funny works in the language...explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant." (The New Republic)
"A monumental artifact of contemporary American literature, almost as assured of longevity as the statues on Easter Island....Catch-22 is a novel that reminds us once again of all that we have taken for granted in our world and should not, the madness we try not to bother and notice, the deceptions and falsehoods we lack the will to try to distinguish from truth." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Keri 10-30-15
    Keri 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If you're ready to open a vein and end it all..."
    What would have made Catch-22 better?

    The most depressing stories! I had to stop listening after the fourth story, I wanted to walk in front of a bus!


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    Sean 10-28-15
    Sean 10-28-15
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    "Fabulous writing and amazing reading"
    Any additional comments?

    Always loved the book, it's a great work of literature that's both poignant and hilarious but Jay O Sanders' reading of it just elevates the whole experience.
    Can't recommend it enough.

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    Alexandra Nicholas 10-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This book was wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. The circular hilarity of the follies of war come to fantastic life in this immortal classic

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    David APO, AE, United States 10-14-15
    David APO, AE, United States 10-14-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A sign of its Time"

    Although I found it to be a good book, well written and, of course, funny, there was lots of racially disturbing language and violence against women that. Things have changed for the better since it was written.

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    Karlgamer Colorado 10-06-15
    Karlgamer Colorado 10-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Honestly this is great."

    I wonder why I've hardly ever heard of this. It's now one of my favorite books.

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    Reece 09-29-15
    Reece 09-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a dark look at military culture wrapped in a side-splitting comedy"

    through the eyes of yosarian you get an in-depth and depressing look at military logic and culture. this book will take you through some truly dark and depressing places but the narrator and characters biting wit and cynical Logic will keep you laughing through most of it. this is a deeply layered book with wit and humor covering a dark look at the immoral reasoning and blatant contradictions of world-war 2 military culture.
    be prepared, near the end you will be taken to some very brutal and depressing places but, not to spoil it, the book ends on such a brilliant and bright high-note it will leave you breathless. Jay sanders narration is mostly flawless, aside from his portrayal of some of the heavily-accented female characters (which I don't blame him too much for, he has a very deep voice it was going to be challenging for him to pull off). but aside from that his portrayals were nearly all spot-on. yasarian's voice fit perfectly and his voices for some of the generals and majors nearly had rolling on the floor with his deliveries. cannot recommend this book enough.

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    David San Jose, CA United States 09-28-15
    David San Jose, CA United States 09-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic"

    My first impression was that the characters and situations are overdone. None of the characters feel really real. Now, I recognize that I've never been in combat, so perhaps, the stress of combat can have people act to extremes, but I think this book is just parody. Moving the context to the social changes of the 1950's helps frame many of the situations presented in a much better light. I actually wondered how the character of Milo might have done in an Ayn Rand novel, would he have been heroic? I saw the film many years ago, so the voices of the characters sounded like Alan Arkin, Bob Newhart, Orson Wells, etc but that was a fine cast. It took a while but I did warm up to Yossarian. It's an enjoyable read.

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    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 09-27-15
    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 09-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant novel, brilliantly performed."

    The narrator made me wish Dustin Hoffman had played Yossarian also, much as I loved Alan Arkin in the role. Along with Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5, the two great novels that expose the utter insanity of war.

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    Roy 09-22-15
    Roy 09-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good, at first"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, its good and quite funny at first, but towards the end it gets way, way too grim for my taste.


    What was most disappointing about Joseph Heller’s story?

    still keeps the absurd contradictions and jokes, but they get outweighed by the deaths, misfortunes, and general unhappiness.Example:***SPOILER***The maid with the green pantys gets raped and murdered by Aarfy who gets away with it...


    What about Jay O. Sanders’s performance did you like?

    his performance was superb, that i have no complain against.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    it is a movie, and i shan't me seeing it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted a funny story to cheer me up, this started out as that, but ended up making me feel worse then when i started.

    2 of 5, would not buy again.

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    Diana 09-21-15
    Diana 09-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Jay Sanders is remarkable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it gives a splendid impression of how war affects people differently


    What did you like best about this story?

    The various characters and how they managed to cope with their circumstances


    Have you listened to any of Jay O. Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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