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.
I was hesitant to listen to this because the narrator left me cold with his readings of Wouk's epics The Winds of War and War& Remembrance. I'm glad that I gave him another chance.
The story of Willie Keith is brought to life through Pariseau's voice. Easily the best book I've ever read, and I will now forever link this recording with the book (but Bogey is the definitive Queeg).
I really enjoyed The Caine Mutiny. I didn't know anything about the book or the movie before listening to this audiobook. I was a little surprised that the mutiny really only took up about 15 minutes of the 25 hour audiobook. The book builds up the mutiny, has it occur for 15 minutes, then the trial takes up a few hours, then it is back to seeing how the remaining characters' lives wrap up.
It was an enjoyable listen, but I thought it would be a little more action-packed than it was.
The vivid evocation of the life of a World War II sailor, and the tension about what would become of the crew with their crazy captain.
The Great Strawberry Investigation.
His voice acting was very good and helped one keep track of the many characters. I didn't always love his basic narration, though, which didn't vary naturally with the meaning of the text.
There are several times when the recording is disrupted -- jumps suddenly very quiet for a few seconds, say. This should have been caught and corrected during production! I know it's a long book, but there's no reason for no quality control. There are even some glaring misread words ("captain" for "cabin" for example) that apparently nobody caught. Was distracting.