Catch-22

Catch-22

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy--it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2013, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061262456
Characteristics: 1 sound file (20 hr., 3 min.) : digital
Alternative Title: Catch-twenty-two

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PattyWerner
Nov 18, 2018

[Mr. Werner] I really dislike this performance. Not sure if the book reads better than the narration, but it is chapter after chapter of excessively wordy descriptions (and dialog) painting the characters and their sordid behavior. Very little "action" at least as far as I listened. Terribly cynical. When I wasn't bored by the droning on of/about each character, I was annoyed by the narrator's shouting the character's parts. Hard to listen to. I am returning after listening to about half of it.

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danielestes
Mar 07, 2018

Comical and lively, and yet each scene seethes with a choked bleakness. For me, the real joy of Catch-22 is the sing-song banter. I love conversation as exposition and Joseph Heller is one of the best. To those of you who've previously given up on this one and wish to try again, I recommend simply listening to the back-and-forth exchanges as if they were song. Doing this helped me make a little sense of the absurdity.

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aaronwriterguy
Jan 26, 2018

One of my favorite novels. A classic!

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mjmiller2016
Sep 13, 2016

I had a hard time starting this in book form, so I decided to try the audiobook. I believe this book could have worked better as a novella, although I think the fantastic ending is earned in part to it's length. It is not an easy read, but it is easy to understand why it is considered such and important work.

The narrator is fantastic, maintaining different personalities and inflections for each of the characters in the large cast. Check it out. 4/5

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linghix
Jan 23, 2016

I recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys satire, especially satire of military operations, formality, and the important things in life. The brand of humor may not be for everyone -- it reminded me of Men Who Stare At Goats or O Brother, Where Art Thou? It is very well written and superbly performed by Jay Sanders. The production quality on the CDs is very good; my only minor complaint is that the opening and closing music on each disc goes on for way too long.

wck Apr 16, 2013

This book repeats multiple parts of itself multiple times to the point of creating a huge urge in me to give up reading it. In fact, I'm not sure why I did read it all the way through.
Suddenly, with 30-50 pages to go to the end Heller turned it into one of the great books of the 20th century!
Stick with it. Yeah, it repeats and repeats way beyond what is necessary, but the events at the end make it worthwhile.

Trackstar048 Jul 21, 2011

Wow I was so frustrated by the characters! I just wanted to slap half of them and just wake them up! I completely understand the phrase 'catch 22' now! Very unique book... everyone should read it at least once!

Bettylg Jan 19, 2011

Forgot what a gem this book is.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

In this classic satire of war, bombardier Yossarian deals with the absurdities of military life.

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