Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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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.
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
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.
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