I will definitely be listening to this one again. Wonderful to hear the saga.
Hard to pick a part.
I have had this audiobook in my library for several months. I found Wouk's two other masterpieces (Winds of War & War and Remembrance) superb and was a little worried this book would not live up to my expectations.
Well, I needn't have worried. I found this book to be similarly enthralling and a really exceptional listening experience. I can't imagine a better combo than Herman Wouk and Kevin Pariseau. Pariseau really understands Wouk's characters and narrates them expertly.
Wouk's characters are well-developed as usual. Their motivations and behaviors I found totally believable. I really cared what happened to them and often felt I was right there with them in the moment. This story is by no means predictable, and more than once I found myself surprised at the turns it took. Now that I have finished the book, I often find myself thinking back to the ending in particular, wanting to know more, reluctant to say goodby to Willie and his comrades.
The Caine Mutiny is much more than just a war story. This book is not only for men who can't stop reminiscing about the war. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an engrossing and rewarding listening experience.
Herman Wouk plays me like a cheap fiddle in this book. He bends and shapes my emotions, flips and twists and snaps them back, anywhere he wants them. A brilliant author!
By the time the protagonist commits his alleged indiscretion, I would've done it ten times over, and would've stood in the dock afterwards ten times as guilty. I STILL think the end was grossly unfair, but ... ladies and gentlemen ... the law is the law. And Justice wears a blindfold.
I loved every minute of the Caine Mutiny, and I don't easily give 5 Stars. My thoughts and emotions are also not easily manipulated by any old con move, but Wouk is a true artist! :-)
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This book is new to me... never read or watched the movie previously. Would be a 5 star except I don't tolerate names of Deity being used as profanity very well and one character is liberal with its use. I found it readable, interesting, humorous, tender and insightful. It could be read and enjoyed superficially, but there is enough truth to ponder and learn, if desired. It is multiple stories woven together: the coming of age of Willie; the "want what you can't have, don't want what you can" relationship with Mae; small group psychology and leadership theory all played out in the culture of WWII. The book is long and the pace leisurely... but I didn't want to put it down and when I thought the book was over, there was a much better ending yet to come.
63 y/o psychologist with two sons, living in SF Bay Area. I absolutely love all the feedback I've been getting for my reviews. It's very gratifying. Thanks to all of you.
Herman Wouk was a writing machine. He cranked out literally thousands of pages, most of them about World War II. He was hugely successful. He wrote in a style which is stiff, earnest, and "plain-spoken." He did have many skills as a writer, since millions of people will not buy the work of authors without them (will they?). Most of the people who will buy this book will do so because of the wonderful movie made from the book, featuring one of Humphrey Bogart's most astounding performances. The issues raised are quite real: what happens when a perfectly decent crew of junior officers goes into war in a Navy destroyer that is captained by a paranoid wild man, a sniveling coward, a horrendously vindictive little boy in a big man's job? This problem is the main plot point, surrounded by minor plots behind it, particularly the romantic life of Willie Keith, a young man from an upper-middle-class if not wealthy family, who falls in love with a nightclub singer, a girl whose Italian, fruit-peddling, no-English-speaking parents represent the absolute opposite of the woman whom Willie's mother dreams of him marrying. There is some meat here.
Kevin Pariseau has read quite a number of these WWII potboilers (War and Remembrance is another Wouk book read by him). He is a good choice, but only because his stiffness and rigidity perfectly matches Wouk's writing style. Despite all this negative stuff, I have to admit that I listened to (almost) the whole book without getting bored. I've never been much of a war-book-guy, and I truly have had enough of WWII, but there is just so much in print and on the movie screen on this topic that these works are hard to avoid. Pariseau does have some narrative skills, like the author, and the combination makes for perhaps a more entertaining experience than I might have expected when I bought the book. Twenty hours is a very long time, and few audiobooks are truly worthy of that kind of commitment. But, by the end of the book you just really want to know how these young men will solve the problem of their severely disturbed captain. You also get a wonderful glimpse into the workings of the Navy, a world which is almost as ludicrous a kingdom as the army of Catch-22.
All things considered, though, I would skip the book and see the movie. You will just never forget Bogart's portrayal, with its brilliant mannerisms, his perfect speech qualities (as in how Queeg keeps saying, "K?"), the shifty eyes that never look directly at anyone, and so forth. Even an abridged version of this book, if there is one, would probably be too long. The material could have been covered quite adequately in a standard novel length. Excess, wretched excess...
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Great at all levels; just one of those books that should grace any audio library and get pullled out time and time again.
It's one of the best.
The details prove Wouk served in the Navy.
Saying so would probably be a spoiler.
Willie Keith because it would probably be expensive and he would probably pay.
A darn fine audio book. This was a great match of voice and cadence to the book's characters and time period.
I will be listening again soon
I loved everything about this story
I have not listened to Kevin Pariseau before, but he was great!!
I have seen the movie several times and was hesitant to listen to this book. However i went on a journey i never expected. I didn't want it to end!!!
Probably one of the top 5 audio-books I've heard.
The trial of the captain is a roller coaster of emotion.
I've read other books from Herman Wouk so I know I love how he writes. I really liked this book and I was sad that it ended as I enjoyed it very much. However, I must say that the beginning was a little slow and a little bit hard for me to relate since I have zero knowledge on navy terms, ships, minesweepers or army in general. So it was a happy surprise for me that after the rough beginning I found myself so interested in the plot and the life in the navy during WW2. The narration was perfect, hitting the right tones.
In summary, I recommend it warmly; just give time for the characters to charm you.