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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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    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 Kansas City, MO United States 04-17-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO 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
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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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    Lynn Dotterer 03-18-15
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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 Member Since 2014
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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 2016
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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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    kingmidasnreverse Los Angeles 01-20-15
    kingmidasnreverse Los Angeles 01-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "BLOWN AWAY..."
    Any additional comments?

    Fellow Audible Listeners,

    This is a stunning listen, a perfect marriage of Wouk's brilliant, morally ambivalent tale of honor, cowardice, and mutiny in the Pacific theater, and Kevin Pariseau's layered and sophisticated reading of the text. It was one of the most satisfying literary experiences I've had, and epitomizes the art of the audiobook. Know that this story isn't a rock-em sock-em action yarn, but rather a darkly comic character study. (Combat, when it appears, is sudden, brutal, and sad.) For the most part, "The Caine Mutiny" deals with the drudgery of Naval life—the unglamorous, day-to-day slog of the average sailor on a below-average vessel. It's a story of men under pressure—pressure from their captain, their circumstances, and, of course, themselves—and how they react under that pressure. And even though the war raging around them is more a backdrop than a set piece, the book is tightly plotted and not for a minute dull. It's aged beautifully since 1952, and I highly, highly recommend it. Enjoy.

    - J.S.

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    Max G 01-11-15
    Max G 01-11-15
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    "Phenomenal Book"

    This was an excellent presentation of an incredible book. It was recommended to me as one that would make me drive slower so that I could listen more. It did and I found myself sitting in my driveway to listen just a bit longer. 😄

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    2/6/14
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    "a great story about life in the WWII US Navy"
    What did you like most about The Caine Mutiny?

    At the core of this story lies the protagonist's passage to manhood that results from his experience of a year on board a rust-bucket mine-sweeper commanded by a crazy captain. The story is quite long and parts of it could have been left out. A vivid picture of life in the US Navy during WWII is painted, and of life at sea in a more general sense. The "mutiny" of the title takes a long time to occur in the story, and is followed by almost as much story in the second half of the book. If you like all things Navy and the action set in WWII, you'll like this (incidentally, there is practically no "action" as far as combat is concerned, making it all the more engaging and realistic).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    7/6/14
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    "Atmospheric war time classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Caine Mutiny to be better than the print version?

    Yes because I am not sure I would have chosen it to read myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Queeg because he was so horribly unpleasant.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much. I will look out for other books that he has narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part that stood out particularly for me was at the time of the actual 'mutiny'.


    Any additional comments?

    A thought provoking story. Was Captain Queeg really mad or just a bad leader? I'd listen again knowing the outcome to see if I change my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jan Markus
    Finland
    4/3/13
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    "Quite OK"

    This was a good book. The good blend of WWII naval action, good characters, love, and courtroom suspense. It was also very even, no long dragging parts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    10/6/16
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    "Excellent even if very long"

    While this is a long story, I never felt bored and there were always little stories within stories throughout. Just wished I knew what happened after the book ends! But that's why we have imagination!!!!!

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  • Dot
    10/10/15
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    "Gripping"

    Great story really well read didn't want it to finish. Shame There aren't a lot more Herman Wouk audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "incredibly credible"
    What did you like most about The Caine Mutiny?

    several plot lines skilfully woven together in a way which was believable yet in truth wholly unlikely. Characters drawn in a balanced way to show good and bad, strong and weak, traits in all; no glittering saints; no out and out Devils: even Queeg gets some sympathy. Superb research and period authenticity. Page turning suspense. Romance line important but not dominant.


    What other book might you compare The Caine Mutiny to, and why?

    possibly The Cruel Sea by Monsarrat. It features some of the same senior officer bullying and provides characterisation as well as plot. But Caine is better and on a bigger canvas.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably the yellow dye in the water event which earned Queeg the "Old Yellow-stain" soubriquet.


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

    More laughter than tears for me. The character Keefer was regularly funny. So the scene where his brother is killed is especially poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Pariseau is a skilful non-intrusive narrator. Sometimes I would have liked just a bit more voice differentials but that's really just a quibble

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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