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Catch 22 Audiobook

Catch 22

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Publisher's Summary

At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Coralie
    Glasgow
    2/19/17
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    "Really surprised"

    I have always loved WWII fiction, and I finally came round this one which is considered THE WWII novel to read and really I don't know where to start. Maybe it was all the buzz around it that had raised my expectations too high but I just didn't enjoy it. The characters were ok but it was very difficult to root for any of them. Maybe it was the way women were represented in the story (if you are not going to use women as characters, don't bother writing about them). That really put me off on top of the plot which was? What was the plot exactly? Oh yeah, they are trying to not die but the guy in charge keeps raising the minimum number of missions so they can't leave the army. So yeah, not really a plot. There were some good bits but the overall book just didn't cut it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicuña
    UK
    1/21/17
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    "Brilliant all round"
    Would you listen to Catch 22 again? Why?

    Yes and. I rarely relisten to audiobooks, but this is a gem.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catch 22?

    Too many to single one out.


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

    No, it's too long and too funny. I've listened in small bites to really savour the humour and philosophy.


    Any additional comments?

    One searing indictment on the futility and stupidity of war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DR
    1/4/17
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    "Perfect for running"

    Listened to Catch 22 while training and for me it entertaining and easy not to drift off. Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William P Griffiths
    11/28/16
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    "Timeless classic and genuinely funny throughout."

    The story gives you all the tools you need to navigate any situation although not necessarily successfully.

    Loved it.

    Washington Irving

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marco
    London, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Very fun listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Catch 22 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you recommend Catch 22 to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book jumps forward and back in time and not all parts make logical sense but its part of the book.


    What about Trevor White’s performance did you like?

    Really good


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laughed quite a bit but the book has some dark moments


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flutterbi
    Manchester, Uk
    9/19/17
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    "it may be a classic but its boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no still listening to it and falling asleep, very disjointed and no flow to it.


    Was Catch 22 worth the listening time?

    no will probably return


    Any additional comments?

    not the book I thought it would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walter
    9/10/17
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    "worth it"

    great stuff an awesome.book that's really funny and witty, deinaterly get your money worth probably one of the longest books I've heard

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/4/17
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    "Excellent All Around"

    One of the best books ever written, read brilliantly. Narrator gives memorable life to Catch 22's many great characters, capturing both the comedy and tragedy of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BethanyH
    8/13/17
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    "Well worth reading"

    Fantastic book wonderfully told.
    I would recommend to anyone to read even if not your normal preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    8/1/17
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    "Gave up - not for me"

    I don't get it.

    Whilst there is some good comedic elements here the inane repetition and rehashing is tough to get through - so I have moved on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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