I enjoyed this listening book for the most part though listening to captain Queig during the long middle of the book was very tiresome and annoying. his nasal voice was hard to listen to--that's where I gave the performance three stars instead of four. I wish the book had different readers instead of one reader. it was indeed like listening to an insane man speak. It was an interesting story and I really loved Willy Keith's evolution of character. the trial was also very interesting.
Used to be an avid reader, but became an avid knitter. Eventually found Audible and can now have the best of both worlds.
This was another fantastic story. I've come to find comfort in this narrators voice. I hope to find more books like this one. I loved his other books too!
Well read, long committment. Still a good well told story. I grew up with the movie so I enjoyed the longer more indepth story to immerce myself into the world of the Cain and journey of its sailors.
I remembered reading this in high school many years ago but couldn't remember the details of the story. I enjoyed it again and probably understood it better this time around.
Excellent view into the lives of a group of sailors who were at the periphery of WW II but suffered through the same growing pains as those who were in the thick of things. Fascinating look at the personalities that clashed and meshed as a result of a captain's increasingly bizarre behavior. I was riveted.
Listening to audiobooks opened the world of Herman Wouk to me, because I was put off by the length of his novels when I was physically reading. His writing is superb, the performance is stellar, and the story is rich. So far I've read this, Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. All amazing! I can't wait to dive into more of his work.
Although "The Caine Mutiny" wasn't literally my first book, I remember it as being the first "grown up" book I read on my own with no prodding from teachers or other adults. So for me it has the added attraction of nostalgia. The audio version has been a real treat for me. I've listened to it a couple of times and I think it stands up very well. Its plot is riveting, the characters are well-drawn and develop in believable and satisfying ways. Willie Keith, the hero of the tale, is a classic coming-of-age character: the callow youth who gains wisdom through adversity. Queeg is a wonderful villain (or maybe someone else is the villain?) Greenwald is the unexpected savior (or is he?) who metaphorically slays the dragon. A sea story as exciting as a Patrick O'Brian book combined with a terrific courtroom drama, and all with a serious purpose. Wouk is a "conservative" author in the classic sense of that word - he favors the ancient platitudes as guides to human behavior. Perhaps that makes the book read more like something from the Victorian era, and indeed I think there is a bit of Trollope's influence discernible in this fine novel. "The Winds of War" and its sequel are the main tale Wouk had to tell, and this is comparatively a miniature, but it is a superbly realized work.