Audiobook CD - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a United States airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II airbase.


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 twentieth-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.

Performed by Jay O. Sanders

Publisher: New York : Caedmon, p2007
ISBN: 9780060890094
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC HEL
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (19.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Sanders, Jay O.


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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.

Jan 26, 2018

One of my favorite novels. A classic!

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

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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