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
Herman Wouk is one of the most graceful insightful writers I enjoy reading. Picking up this book written so many years ago, I thought it would be outdated and possibly corny. Instead it was a compelling historical journey into the mentality of World II with delicious detail and suspense. I'm going to reread/listen Winds of War and War and Remembrance soon.
The everyday lingo and crisp descriptions of the submarine's smell and textures. The sympathetic and tolerant creation of imperfect characters is unique to Wouk.
I wish Humphrey Bogart were alive to do the remake.
Excellent. gripping story and history
The breaking of the cable towing the target. Poor old captain lost the plot
listening is very relaxing.
a real experience of life at sea
Not my typical choice, but I just couldn't turn it off! Lots of Navy jargon but no so much that you can't follow it, it just made it more authentic. I was surprised by my reaction to the ending. Makes me want to listen to it all over again.
Not your typical WWII story. Interesting characters and likable (minus one or two) and the story moved right along.
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.