The great narration gave this wonderful story real life. I just couldn't stop listening even at 1am. Felt as though I'd lost friends when it was over.
Growing up fast. In view of when this book was written, one gains courage for the youth of America that are described by their elders as whiney and pampered. Clearly this is nothing new. The lessons here about the differences between commanding and commanding respect, and the differences between competent authority and positional authority, are timeless for all individuals who work in a tiered organization.
Probably the part where Willy looks back on his service and realizes that the Navy may know what it is doing after all.
This is a book I would recommend to individuals who are on the cusp of growing up. You kind of grow up yourself a little while listening to it - it really challenges your assumptions and justifications about your own behavior.
I really wanted to like this book, but only managed to get half way through before being unable to continue. The story moves very slowly, with what seems to be a lot (a LOT) of irrelevant back story. Perhaps I am wrong and it would have ended up being vital info, but the first third of the book seemed pointless to me.
I was hoping to find a good insight into the US Navy, WWII and to look at life from a military point of view, but I did not get that. There was much too much character analysis and self-searching for my taste, and not enough action. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy solid character development, but I didn't feel it from this book. After 18 hours I felt like I hadn't learnt anything more about Willy than I had after the first 2 hours.
The complete experience of being on the Caine was conveyed to me by this performance. The personalities of the characters came through in Technicolor. I bought this book because the Movie of this novel was one of my favorites. Humphry Bogart was Captain Quieg. The audio performance was so much better than the movie.
About two weeks after completing the audiobook, Turner Classic Movies showed the movie. If you want a reason to listen to audiobooks, and why that is so much better than movies, then listen to the novel, and then watch the movie.
Willie Keith. Not that I liked him particularly, his many flaws came through... but he certainly made the story.
Commander Quieg. The description of this "little" man brought back memories of some people I have known. The performance of Pariseau certainly brought all the characters to life. So much so, I have purchased the Winds of War because I was so engrossed in this story.
No, I didn't want it to end.
This is in the top 5% of all the audiobooks I have listened to.
The characters were all different, interesting, and the interaction among them was great.
The trial itself.
Somethings are not as they appear to be!!
A great autiobook!!!!!
An absolutely engaging book. I followed the life of Willy Keith as he matured over the course of three years in the Navy during WWII. I saw into a life that started with self-centeredness and immaturity and developed into self-awareness and maturity. This transformation was presented through Willy's own thoughts, and also through his actions and interactions. I loved the character of captain Queeg and May Win, and near the end I despised Keefer. The book was not all about war time battles, though it included some. It was more about the characters and how each one interacted and responded to the people and things around them given their own personal make-up. I, for one, want to look up the movie from 1954 and watch it with a big bowl of popcorn.
We were very disappointed with this story. I don't understand when people damn God over and over. Don't they know they are going to meet their Maker one day?! We got through part one and were still waiting for the story to happen. The Captain never says anything without prefacing it with GD!! at least twice. Really poorly written story. I understand that sailors cuss. But I don't think it needs to be demonstrated this much, if a story is worth telling.
I came only recently to appreciate the works of Herman Wouk. I had dismissed "The Winds of War," and "War and Remembrance" based on the glimpses of the terrible mini-series which were broadcast in the 70's and 80's (I think). After listening to Mr. Pariseau's performance of these books, I was soon to learn of how terrible an injustice the television portrayals had visited upon these enormously fine works of history and literature.
As for "The Caine Mutiny," this work of fiction left the others in the dust. The story is compelling, the characters are vivid and fascinating, and the prose is remarkable. But the narration of Mr. Pariseau is (again) amazing. Mr. Pariseau's performance by far exceeds the players from the motion picture of the same name. Mr. Pariseau's Captain Queeg is superior to Mr. Bogart's in every way. (To be fair, while I am no expert, It appears to me that overacting was the norm in cinema for many years--even up to the present time--And this isn't to say that Mr. Bogart and (say) Mr. MacMurray's performance wasn't also sublime--it is just that mr. Pariseau's performance is more "contemparary.")
The bottom line is this: I have never written a review of anything, in any format, for public review before now. And even though I may have not adequately expressed the genius of this book and narration, I wanted to give it a shot, because it is just that good.
This book could very easily have been boring. As a matter of fact, it was at times a little slow. I was hungry for more Herman Wouk after devouring Winds of War and then War and Remembrance. When I saw that Kevin Parisaeau was again the reader of Wouk's words I was all in. The book did not disappoint, although it wasn't as great as either of the aforementioned books.
Wouk clearly knows the navy and he nails diverse group of characters. Narrators just don't get any better than Pariseau. He has great range, cadence, and enunciation. He's great all around. Wouk can get very, very detailed at times but never to the point where you feel, as the land lubber that I am, that you are lost in nautical language or terms. If you like WWII history you will enjoy this book. It's not about combat but rather the varied mindsets of men that are in a state of war but mostly on the outskirts and looking from the outside in and how that plays on their minds and spirits. Wouk paints a convincing picture all around. This is not an action packed read, it is very character driven.
The story isn't magnificent but it is interesting up until the last 1/4 then it seems to have trouble tying all the ends together and finishing cleanly. I purchased the DVD of the Bogart movie made after this book and as usual, you get a much richer view of the story from the audio book than you do from the movie. The scenes are well built and you do not need to know much about the Navy or ships to follow along if you are good at taking queues from the context.
I recommend it if you're into military fiction and WWII