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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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    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
    Michael mcallen, TX, United States 01-02-14
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    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

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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.

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    David Rickey Bath, NH USA 11-06-13
    David Rickey Bath, NH USA 11-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Spectacular narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catch-22 to be better than the print version?

    Hard to compare. There is a lot to be said for being able to re-read passages immediately.
    That being said the narrator does an incredible job of putting emotion into the words and differentiating each character by his inflections, including the female characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Milo Minderbinder. Great name and he's amoral.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Read me back the last line..."


    If you could take any character from Catch-22 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    General Dreedle. He's satisfied with his situation, straight forward and easy going.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the BEST narrator / reader I've ever heard. i wish Jay Sanders had read some of the biographies I have on audio. They'd be a great deal more interesting.

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    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13
    Joshua Waterloo, IL, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "interesting"
    Would you listen to Catch-22 again? Why?

    yeah, actually I think im gonna


    What other book might you compare Catch-22 to and why?

    Im not sure there is any other book that is compareable


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he is a fantastic narrator


    If you could take any character from Catch-22 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Judge. I cant recall his name but he was awesome


    Any additional comments?

    hilarious

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    S Keene, NH 09-29-13
    S Keene, NH 09-29-13
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    "Masterful! Brilliant! (Incredible Narration!)"
    Any additional comments?

    One of the most talented narrators I have come across in Audible. His delivery of all the characters is absolutely brilliant and hilarious. The delivery takes what was already a fantastic book and pushes it into the realm of truly magnificent. Don't even hesitate. Grab this book. It's wonderful.

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    Nicole 09-13-13
    Nicole 09-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not exactly what I was looking for"
    What would have made Catch-22 better?

    The whole thing with Nately's whore just didn't seem to fit.


    What was most disappointing about Joseph Heller’s story?

    It just wasn't what I was looking for


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was average.


    What character would you cut from Catch-22?

    Nately's whore


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    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13
    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A very clever book undone by its length"
    What did you like best about Catch-22? What did you like least?

    At times amusing and clever, the book is probably too long by half. Some editing would have done nicely, but overall its a worthwhile read.


    Was Catch-22 worth the listening time?

    Most definitely


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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 07-04-13
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 07-04-13
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    "Funny, zany, and dark"

    This is a complex book, but an important one, and enjoyable to listen to. The large cast of characters, and the complex narrative pattern--you often aren't sure where you are in the temporal order of events--make it a little challenging. But it's very funny, and the humor has real bite to it. The primary target is military bureaucracy, but the broader target is a messed up world where what is actual crazy is classified as sane, and vice versa.
    A long time ago I read the first 100 pages of Catch 22 and gave it up, feeling that it was a bit of a one joke book. But I was wrong about that. For one thing, the work changes, and towads the ned becomes quite dark.
    The narration is excellent.

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    Jennifer Wexford, PA, United States 06-14-13
    Jennifer Wexford, PA, United States 06-14-13
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    "Wonderful performance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'd read this book back in high school as required reading. I remembered enjoying it and recently decided to do a reread. I definitely made the right decision doing my reread as an audiobook. Jay O. Sanders does an amazing job with this recording. He really brings the characters to life. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough. He really brings out the humor in it and his pacing, character voices and understanding of the work bring so much to an already outstanding piece of literature.


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    Peter Wilson 05-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Timeless"
    If you could sum up Catch-22 in three words, what would they be?

    yesterday today tomorrow - The same characters have always been with us, and always will be.


    What other book might you compare Catch-22 to and why?

    God Knows - also by Joseph Heller.


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

    I have never listened to Jay Sanders' work before. He was a master with Catch-22. There are not only dozens of voices but an equal number of wildly different personalities and points of view expressed by what the characters say and how they say it. I have no doubt that Mr. Sanders read through the book more than once and plotted his approach meticulously before making the recording. A remarkable achievement.


    If you could take any character from Catch-22 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why, Yossarian, of course. He sees things clearly, says what is true, and lives well.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read Catch-22 in college soon after it was published. I have read it three more times since then, the last after I had found a trophy hard bound copy in a used bookstore. It was one of the first books I bought from Audible and I have listened to it twice. I love this book. It is one of the five best books of the 20th century. And I am still not sure what happens, when, in the narrative.

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