Catch-22 by Joseph Heller audiobook

Catch-22

By Joseph Heller
Read by Jay O. Sanders

19.97 Hours 08/29/2017 Unabridged
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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Several decades after its initial publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. 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. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

A London Observer Pick of One of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

One of the Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of 10 Best Books Adapted for the Screen

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Several decades after its initial publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

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. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“To my mind, there have been two great American novels in the past fifty years. Catch-22 is one.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling authors
“This novel is not merely the best American novel to come out of World War II; it is the best American novel that has come out of anywhere in years.” Nation
“It’s the rock and roll of novels…There’s no book like it…Surprisingly powerful.” Esquire
“One of the greatest anti-war books ever written.” Vanity Fair
“One of the most bitterly funny works in the language…Explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant.” New Republic

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Author

Author Bio: Joseph Heller

Author Bio: Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller (1923—1999) is the highly acclaimed author of Catch-22, a story loosely based on his own experiences during World War II. A bestseller, instant classic, and later feature film, Catch-22 secured his place in literary history. He later went on to write such novels as Good as Gold; God Knows; Picture This; Closing Time; and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 19.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English