I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
This is a captivating tale that gripped me immediately. I lost sleep the first night I started listening to it because I simply could not pull my self away.
I'm not afraid of a long book, but this book spends a lot of time on mundane things, while racing through moments of high drama and intrigue. I could have used more courtroom drama, and a lot less "romance", if that's what we're calling it.
My main gripe with the story is the protagonist's romantic relationship. Maybe at the time this courtship was an appealing story, but through modern eyes, all I see is a stuck-up elitist abusing a girl with no spine or self-respect.
Say something about yourself!
Really enjoyed the Winds of War but this book was just dull and moved slowly. Hoping more info would encourage me to finish it, I read about it on the Internet. The ships crew had a disagreement about how one specific mission was carried out not an actual muntiny, a court marshal, retraction of support by some players and eventually the findings were overturned. Now that's a messy story with no resolution, just a muddle which is where it was when I gave up.
The novel itself was simply unsurpassed. The characterizations were brilliant. Every character is a real person, deeply flawed, often operating in sheer ignorance, but trying to live up to a powerful and admirable code. Wouk clearly knew something about the US Navy, and as a former sailor, I could smell the old, obsolete ship. Forget the movie characters. Bogart's Capt. Queeg is far too sympathetic, and the film's Willie Keith is far too heroic. And, the mutiny and its aftermath are relatively short sections of the novel. The real story is about the officers of the USS Caine and how they survive for interminable months and years aboard a ship which shouldn't still be afloat, under a commanding officer who's simply been promoted far beyond his abilities. Queeg is mean and petty, unable to see past his pitiful insecurities. Keith is a shallow, arrogant, self-centered momma's boy who regards the Navy with disdain. But the beauty of the novel is that we see Willie grow into a man.
The performance was excellent. He was able to make it clear who was speaking by his inflections, and his voice for Queeg was perfect. It made me remember real people I've known who weren't unlike Queeg. Really, my only criticism of the reader was that he kept mispronouncing "forecastle".
This was the best novel I've read (or listened to) in quite some time. I was profoundly moved by Keith's journey. No wonder Wouk won a Pulitzer for it.
Fantastic author paired with a talented narrator. Winning combination. Was initially unsure of the topic as it is not something I would normally read about but after seeing all the raving reviews I decided to give it a try.
You will not be disappointed.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
I tackled this book as preparation for Wouk’s lengthy THE WINDS OF WAR and the even longer WAR AND REMEMBRANCE, of which I am hoping great things, having been enthralled by the television mini-series of the same name. I was amazed at the well-rounded and fully fleshed out characters. None of them are larger than life hero types, but are realistic: self-doubting at times, overconfident at others. These characters make for engaging reading. The book follows the life journey of just a few central characters and is so authentic that I began to care about them. So, when things begin to turn sour the listener is so invested that empathy is assured. Every event the characters go through becomes a crisis. Every injustice, a tragedy. This is a truly grand story filled by real people.
The book is narrated by Kevin Pariseau who is truly marvel. He handles salty sea dogs and lounge singers with equal mastery. His performance is dramatic without being intrusive, always appropriate, enhancing this already excellent book.
It was above my expectations. I did n't know what to expect. I have never seen the movie version but as I am using audible to catch up on all the books I consider must reads , The Caine Mutiny was at the bottom of my list. Well it definitely moved up. The narration was great, it kept me interested from the beginning to he end. I would recommend it to anyone
I love everything by Herman Wouk, he weaves historical information into wonderful, engaging stories
Excellent reader, very easy to get into the book
The performance of this book was outstanding. I feel because of it, it caught my interest from the opening few pages and sucked me in before I knew it.
Great book, great story.
He made it easy to keep the characters clear
The book seems like 2 unrelated stories: the romance and the mutiny/trial. The mutiny/trial part was the more interesting one. Since the story begins and ends focused on the romance it started slow and ended weakly, but the middle made up for it.
This is my third Herman Wouk book, the first and second being THE WINDS OF WAR and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. The narrator in all three is wonderful...Im so glad that I used my credits for these books. You will not be disappointed....the only disappointment that I do have, is that the books ended....My husband actually got a kick out of my laughing while listening to THE CAINE MUTINY. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful....and the narrator, too...