I have not read the print vertion.
Willie Keith, the author paints a real picture of a young man going through many life changes and decisions. It was all believable.
I had moments of "oh no, not that" during the book. I like surprises, and this book does have a few.
The characters are well-developed. The reader does a great job of interpreting the different character's voices. It was hard to put the audio book down.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I probably should admit that I tend to avoid recent Pulitzer-prize winning 'novels. For a while, at least. It's as if the Pulitzer committee finds books 'With an Important Message' that 'Should Make You Think' and is 'Designed to Make You Talk' and selects those, even though the story itself may be slim.
"The Caine Mutiny" won the Pulitzer in 1952. It may do all three of those things, but it isn't slim on the story - it's quite long and involved.
I had already read Wouk's "The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance", and really liked how his characters were developed. Willie Keith, the main character in "The Caine Mutiny", is grows and changes throughout the novel. Personally, as a former member of the military, I felt myself wanting to slap Keith upside the head at the beginning of the novel, to try and knock some sense into him. By the end of the novel, I still wanted to do that - and I also wanted to shake him and ask him if he hadn't learned anything at all, and to tell him there was something he wanted that he did not deserve. Of course, just because I never liked the main character didn't mean I didn't want to read the book.
The supporting characters were quite interesting. Queeg, the commander who was the subject of the mutiny, was a fascinating study in the 'Peter principal' accompanied with a complete lack of personal responsibility.
Pariseau is a great performer, and perfect for Wouk's books.
As the son of a WWII Navy veteran who served in the Pacific, this part of the war has always appealed to me. Herman Wouk weaves a completely believable story that is compelling and thoughtful. Willy Keith is used to carry the story, but the real story is about men at war under intense pressure. The trial itself is masterfully told and the aftermath of the trial is the real climax to the book, not just a wrap-up.
Kevin Pariseau does an excellent job as reader. If you are a lover of historical fiction, you've probably already read this book (I did when I was a teenager), but even if you have read it in the past, it is definitely worth a listen as well.
Retired professor. Currently dedicated to consultancy and translation.
This interesting audiobook is worth listening again.
The Cane Mutiny is not as deep as Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, but there are some similarities, especially with regard the description of the war scenes.
The trial itself was the most interesting part of the book. The hearing of the psychiatrists was very funny.
A stupid mind in command.
I enjoyed listening to it and recommend it for sure.
I'm a big Herman Wouk fan but this surpassed any expectations I had. I couldn't stop listening to it. This was a great story and the writing and character development were superb. I really liked the narrator. He was really good even when doing female voices. I felt transported back in time to WWII while listening. The description of the Caine was to expertly done that I swear I could smell the sea. Get this book, you won't regret it!
Never seen the movie. This was a very enjoyable read and I am very pleased to have listened to it. You will Enjoy This!
The Caine Mutiny is a fully engaging, splendidly narrated book. Informed by the writer’s own second world war time experiences, it is set on a decaying mine sweeper. Sailor are stuck on the Caine, with an authoritarian, manipulative, indecisive, petty leader and they must be with him or against him.
The brilliantly depicted Captain Queeg could be described, in civilian life, as an ‘office psychopath’. How do we assess these often charming, but usually destructive people? How do we measure them and their contribution to society. How do we live with them, or deal with them. Hard questions, hard answers. I think that the answers delivered in this book are difficult to deal with, but what do we put their place.
Ultimately, Wouk challenges society to see that war and peace are vastly different contexts within which to view individuals.
This is a compelling book. Key characters are portrayed vividly. The crew from the privileged classes are gently satirised along with their fumbling attempts to accept that the brutality of war has revealed the sham of class divisions.
The narrator, Pariseau, cleverly delivers a slightly amused tone – not mocking -- as reality gradually intrudes on the civilian life view. In contrast, his presentation of Queeg is intense and beautifully modulated and reflects the complexity and turmoil of this man.
Amusing creation of a wartime Navy staffed by idiots. Mr Keith reminds me of Toole's Ignatious Reilly and Hellers Yossarian. (comparative literature pun intended). But Wouk had them first!
I would listen again in the future. There were two stories here. One of the Navy at war and of the love story.
All the Captains of the Caine
Clear and imitation of all characters was perfect
US Navy in WW II - best of times and worst of times