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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 Goul Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


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.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Vijayaraghavan | 2/3/2014

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

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