cover image MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

Richard Hooker, read by Johnny Heller. Tantor Audio, $34.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-1767-1

Hooker%E2%80%99s novel%E2%80%94which inspired the eponymous feature film and television sitcom%E2%80%94follows three Army surgeons as they work together in Korea during the Korean War. As casualties rise and the conflict drags on, the surgeons find their own chaotic and darkly funny ways of coping. Veteran narrator Heller skillfully reads this memorable audio edition. Hooker%E2%80%99s classic black comedy features a host of quirky characters, making it the sort of novel that might require multiple narrators for the audiobook. But here, Heller is up to the task by himself. His narration is never showy; instead he uses subtle vocalization to distinguish each character. Heller%E2%80%99s narration captures the book%E2%80%99s irreverence with a conversational, brisk pace%E2%80%94almost as if he were recounting stories with former brothers-in-arms. (Dec.)