Version: Unabridged
Author: Joseph Heller
Narrator: Jay O. Sanders
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Caedmon
Published In: March 2007
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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"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.

Reviews (11)

Timeless, Still Funny

Written by Love to Read on March 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It\'s been years since I read this book, and I\'m glad it\'s still bitingly funny. The narrator is good and highlights the characters well. I had forgotten, though, how wince-able (I know that\'s not a real word) the descriptions of the women characters are.


Written by Anonymous on August 31st, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

terribly boring. I only got 1 hour into this book before I was falling asleep.


Written by Anonymous on January 12th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I listened to a couple disks and couldn't take it anymore. I didn't connect to the 25 or so characters that were introduced in a couple hours. You might have better luck.

Catch 22

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Listening to Heller's dry wit made it even funnier than it was to read. Unfortunately the military is still a constant Catch 22 and hearing the book kept that fresh in my mind.

Funny and yet

Written by Peggy Stortz on December 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

While the beginning chapters could not be more hilarious, Heller introduces too many characters and works too hard for a laugh...hard to follow on an audiobook.


Written by nittany1979 on June 6th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I had no idea what to expect from this book, but this is the first time an audio book had me laughing aloud. The narrator was PERFECT! The ending was depressing, but the entire ride was excellent. I couldn't wait to drive somewhere so I could listen to this book more. This is definitely in my top 5 books.


Written by Sam on July 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really funny. I recommend everyone read this timeless classic comedy. Loved it!


Written by Ruthiebb277 on March 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great vocalizations! Just as funny as the first read and I'm still able to quilt!

Great book

Written by alex1432 on October 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best books. I am a fan of the type of humor the author uses and at many points in the book I was chuckling at the logic used by the characters. I would recommend everyone read this book at least once.

Buzzing the beach

Written by shead on October 1st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The one scene in the book that stands out - and there are many - more then any others, is the buzzing of the beach. I could almost feel the scene unfold .. this book is well written from a perspective that sees the world as a scared, scattered and unforgiving place .. there are definite points of exaggeration, but you can forgive those given the depth of the characters and the plethora of other factual accounts already published that you can use if you really want a practical description ... then again, it might've all happened as he says.

Author Details

Author Details

Heller, Joseph

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn in 1923. In 1961 he published "Catch-22", which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as "Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man; Something Happened; God Knows; Picture This"; and "Closing Time" (the sequel to "Catch-22"). Heller died in December 1999.