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Catch-22 Audiobook
Catch-22
Written by: 
Joseph Heller
Narrated by: 
Jay O. Sanders
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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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    Carol 08-11-14
    Carol 08-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Paradigm for audiobooks"
    What did you love best about Catch-22?

    The incisive irony.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yossarian, of course. He's human, humane, patriotic, realistic and hilarious


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

    No.


    If you could rename Catch-22, what would you call it?

    Catch 21.


    Any additional comments?

    Superlative reading of a classic. I had to check back to see if Sanders was the only reader, there was so much individuation of characters.

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    Zhenya K. 06-10-14
    Zhenya K. 06-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Struggled through and enjoyed it"
    What about Jay O. Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Very elaborate performance crafting every character. I enjoyed listening, although someone who prefers a more neutral delivery might not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most definitely not. In fact this is probably the book that took me the longest to read/listen to. Started a few years ago, left it alone, then came back to it a number of times. The book is like the story itself — I had contradictory feelings both struggling through it and enjoying it.


    Any additional comments?

    Second time this happened to me — the end came sooner than expected. Last chapter was the additional reading by Heller. A welcome addition, but I wish Audible named the chapters accordingly, so that it's clear where are the chapters, and where's additional material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GAINES 04-30-14
    GAINES 04-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.

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    "I hate that I loved this book."

    I get a little tired of the people who say that "if you dont like it, its because you dont understand it" I think its more likely that people who say they like this book, actually think its quite terrible and only say they like it because it makes them feel like part of the intelligent crowd. I think it is also quite possible that because you hate this book you will also love it for this very reason. Yosarian is a part of my soul that I've never laid a name to. I hate this with a passion though I cannot deny the truth of the matter. Read the book and learn a little something about yourself but feel free to hate it. You won't be an idiot becasue of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yi Wen Fu 04-18-14
    Yi Wen Fu 04-18-14

    evenamazon

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    "Great book and great performance"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the best performance I had from audible thus far and what a great book it is. I bought the book from amazon after halfway through the first part. Even though the performance is great, I believe the book is worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-02-14
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "If You Believe You Are Insane Then You Are Sane"

    If you want out of the war, you must demonstrate you’re insane. But just the fact that you want out of the war demonstrates your sanity. Youssarian, the hero of the book, wants out of the war. So our setting for all the misanthropy and obtuse logic. The story is not a novel; it is a suave to ease the pain from societal absurdities. Oh yes, and a very enjoyable read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jose United States 03-23-14
    Jose United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant book, but…"

    It’s a terrific book about the absurdity of bureaucratic authority in conflict with the personal. I think it was brilliant for its time, but it does feel dated, despite the universal themes explored. There is a lot to like about this, including the unique structure of the story, but there was something off in the reading for me. While I think Jay O. Sanders is an excellent reader with an excellent voice, his voice changes, especially during many of the comedic moments, were often strained, as I’m sure was the intention, but it didn’t work for me. In those moments, I wished for a hard copy of the book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dkpitt Boston, MA 03-17-14
    dkpitt Boston, MA 03-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Who would have thought?"

    I am an avid reader/listener. I don't watch TV often, especially since 'reality (not really) TV’ started constipating the airwaves. I find myself tapping my foot and counting down the minutes when my husband and I take time out for a movie, I must find out what is happening in the book I am reading at the time.

    Now that I've made it clear that I love reading/listening, I must also mention I hit a psychological speed bump when I see a book that spends its summers on that giant table in the middle of the local bookstore with a sign that includes the word 'required' before my favorite pastime. It says homework, old fashioned, snooze fest. I can't help it, it must be PTSD triggered from the last book I was obligated to read in high school ‘Brave New World’, a book that I'm sure contains genius, but one that left me feeling depressed and terrified for the future of humanity.

    But there it was, "Catch 22", one of THOSE books, stalking me every time I was in search of a new book. The fact that it was a dude read about war and written a decade before I was born didn't help its case. But, From GoodReads to Audible, it got great reviews and I finally gave in.

    Wow, just wow I won't be redundant and give you a summary, the publisher has already done a nice job of that, but I will tell you that both the writing and the narration are ingenious. The rhythm, the prose and especially the wit pushed one of my top five books of all time into the number six slot.

    I would have listened to this one in its entirety without pause if I didn't require sleep. Although, it would have taken several days because of all my rewinding clever and hilarious scenes, which was most of the book.

    If you're on the fence, go for it, you won't be disappointed.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Tigard, OR, United States 01-14-14
    Ronald Tigard, OR, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Against the popular vote"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The producer and narrator did not capture the characters in a way that made the story hard to follow. I couldn't imagine the characters using those tones or expressions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Heller again?

    Not if it's written in this same style


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay O. Sanders?

    Unknown


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catch-22?

    The hospital scenes involving some of the non-follow up characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
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    "On narrator..."
    Would you try another book from Joseph Heller and/or Jay O. Sanders?

    I wouldn't get another book with this narrator…his voice gets a little bit annoying after a few hours. This is probably just personal preference.


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    T. Russo 11-20-13
    T. Russo 11-20-13

    Capt Tom

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    "The book and the narration are simply brilliante"
    What made the experience of listening to Catch-22 the most enjoyable?

    I have read this book three times - I just love it. This was my time in the audible format. The narrator's work greatly enhanced my appreciation of the book. The voices I heard were very close to what I heard when I read the book. It was sort of like reading a good joke but then hearing it told by a great comedian, The humor is doubled.

    In the case of this audible book my understanding of the pathos and the main character's despair was also enhanced.

    This is one of those rare experiences in which the narration is better than the read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The distinction among the various multiple characters. It is a testament to the narrator's skill.


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

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Snowden's death.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an emotionally intense book, well beyond just humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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