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The Caine Mutiny Audiobook

The Caine Mutiny

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1952 Herman Wouk (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Barbara Davis 05-18-15
    Barbara Davis 05-18-15 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Boring"

    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.

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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 05-15-15
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Big Kid

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    "An Outstanding Novel: Not Outdated, Still Profound"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    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".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    joycewhist 04-23-15
    joycewhist 04-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    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.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 04-17-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "War is Hell, Navy Captains are Worse"

    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.

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    Tim Toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-15
    Tim Toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Must read"

    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

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    Susan G. 03-23-15
    Susan G. 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love everything by Herman Wouk, he weaves historical information into wonderful, engaging stories


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent reader, very easy to get into the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 03-22-15
    Tracy 03-22-15
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    "Wish I'd listened to this a long time ago!"

    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.

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    Jeff 03-18-15
    Jeff 03-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting, non-traditional war story"
    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    He made it easy to keep the characters clear


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    ciparliamo Long Island 03-03-15
    ciparliamo Long Island 03-03-15
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    "terrific!"

    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...

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    cate edwards 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A taste of the 2nd world war"

    Very good narrator .
    The writing is quality.
    Great character development.
    Very satisfying !!!
    A good find !!

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