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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (2,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Heller Narrator: Elliott Gould Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1994 ISBN: 9780743542845
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Thirty-three years and over ten million copies later...the classic story continues.

Yossarian returns -- older, if not wiser -- to face a new foe.

An instant classic when published in 1961, Joseph Heller's Catch-22 still ranks among the funniest -- and most serious -- novels ever written about war. Now Heller has dared to write the sequel to his 10-million copy bestseller, using many of Catch-22's characters to deftly satirize the realities and the myths of America in the half century since they fought World War II.

In Closing Time, a comic masterpiece in its own right, Heller spears the inflated balloons of our national consciousness -- the absurdity of our politics, the decline of society and our great cities, the greed and hypocrisy of our business and culture -- with the same ferocious humor that he used against the conventional view of warfare. Back again are characters familiar from Catch-22, including Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and little Sammy Singer, as they come to the end of their lives and the end of the century -- all linked, this time, in uneasy peace and old age...fighting not the Germans, but The End.

Outrageously funny and totally serious, and as brilliant and successful as Catch-22 itself, Closing Time is a fun-house mirror that captures, at once grotesquely and accurately, the truth about ourselves. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Contains a richness of tone and of human feeling...Powerful and disturbing.” 

    New York Times

  • “A summing up by one of the last of the great writers of the Second World War generation;...we can celebrate Catch-22’s anniversary by welcoming Yossarian, Sammy, Milo, Lew, Wintergreen, and Chaplain Tappman even as we take leave of them.” 

    New Yorker

  • “A lively, brilliant and influential writer’s look back at the 20th-century American culture he has seen.”

    Washington Post

  • “Heller is savage as ever, and—particularly in his brutal portrait of the decline of New York City—mournful.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/19/2014

    " A great book but a not so great sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cullen Hencke | 2/14/2014

    " A consistently inconsistent book. Sections of great dialogue that evoke its predecessor, followed by many, many pages of rambling near incoherence. Heller pulls it together for the big finish, but it certainly seems like his editors failed him here... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanine Halada | 2/3/2014

    " So far I am not disappointed--I thought about Heller when adding to the books I have read--and the bookstore in our little town was going out of business--so I bought Closing Time. Will let you know more as I get further into it--I am now on Chapter 3 with my old friend Youssarian--a much older Youssarian who is insisting he is dieing. Aren't we all dieing? Youssarian does not look to disappoint me from what I have read so far...Finished the book and remained disappointed in the novel. I was so looking forward to this book and I hate I was so disappointed in the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vijayaraghavan | 2/3/2014

    " Not nearly as good as catch 22, but still a great read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 2/2/2014

    " What the hell? Seriously, what the hell? The book started off with a much different tone than Catch-22. It was much more serious and I wouldn't have minded if it kept that serious tone. The book was interjected with Yossarian craziness, which I didn't mind until it became too ridiculous. As the book progressed, I slowly began to lose track of everything and the characters began to blend together. The beginning of the book held some promise, but by the end, I was very happy to be finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Floridia | 1/27/2014

    " Good book, but not as good as Catch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 iram | 1/16/2014

    " Heller had the daunting task of living up to Catch-22 when he wrote this book. He was essentially competing with himself and I must say he lost -- the second time around. I enjoyed this book but Catch-22 is a far superior book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 1/13/2014

    " Not as funny as Catch 22 but still entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/30/2013

    " Sequel to my favorite book of all time. It was enjoyable. Interesting. Fun to revisit these characters, but I don't think it adds much to the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/27/2013

    " To anyone who's read the first, which is Heller's Catch-22, read the sequel! It's good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy Quinn | 8/23/2013

    " Just finished re-reading Catch-22, so decided to follow it with the sequel.. not a good idea. A boring re-hash of some ideas and characters from the original. Perhaps will write more about it later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 8/2/2013

    " This was very good, but I think I was expecting it to be as good as Catch-22, and it wasn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Idaman | 4/19/2013

    " Heller spent his genius on Catch-22. You can avoid this and still live a full life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jarad | 4/12/2013

    " Ugh... so random.. why even try to relate the characters to Catch-22? Was surprised I got through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arwen56 | 3/3/2013

    " Se avete amato Comma 22, non leggetelo. E' una delusione immensa. Non sembra neppure lo stesso scrittore. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz Jaquez | 2/10/2013

    " Hated it, it does not come close to the awesomeness that is catch 22. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 10/12/2012

    " Not quite what the prequel (Catch 22) was. Still highly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/31/2012

    " Catch 22 was great, but this isn't that good. Of course absurdal and dark, but I was missing something. Too twisted for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Lynch | 8/14/2012

    " So painful! I loved Catch-22, but this is nothing like Catch-22. It's boring, tedious, and (except for Gaffney) really unfunny. I plan to forget this book happened as soon as possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trevor Balint | 4/26/2012

    " This book was filled with characters I didn't care about who were written poorly. There is a reason for this though, and it's given at the end of the book, but I really didn't like waiting that long to have those terrible characters justified. A poor sequel to an amazing book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Mashak | 11/28/2011

    " Not so much "The Sequel to Catch-22" as a great companion piece to Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation. No less greatly written than can be expected of Heller, it still could be cut by about 1/3 and retain its integrity as a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon newson | 11/18/2011

    " can't disagree with the commentary on the mindless excesses of late 2oth century materialism but probably only read it all because I had recently given up on a re read of Catch 22 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan Pedzick | 10/21/2011

    " The perfect follow up of Catch-22 and oddly enough, Kurt Vonnigut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keiron | 4/24/2011

    " Some glorious insights into human nature but never really connects with its Catch 22 predecessor. A good read but not of Catch 22 class. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charley | 1/2/2011

    " One of the most disappointing sequels I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ct | 1/1/2011

    " This story gave me the feeling that I had fallen down the rabbit hole and/or that I was dull. It is the sequel to Catch-22 written about 1994. The loss of privacy was a main theme, what would Heller think of 2011? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 9/8/2010

    " "The Two Jakes" of book sequels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 9/6/2010

    " A mere shadow of the book before it. I'm not sure what Heller was thinking with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 8/23/2010

    " So painful! I loved Catch-22, but this is nothing like Catch-22. It's boring, tedious, and (except for Gaffney) really unfunny. I plan to forget this book happened as soon as possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 6/2/2010

    " Hit and miss really. Showed flashes of the brilliance of Catch-22 but also dragged along interminably at times. Satisfying return to the characters, but underwhelming overall. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph HellerJoseph Heller (1923-1999) is an American satirical novelist, short-story writer, and dramatist. His debut novel, Catch-22, introduced the concept of a catch-22 to the English lexicon, and became an anti-war classic during the U.S. conflict in Vietnam.