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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It was a great human drama. Top of my five favorite audiobooks.
It was like a documentary. It was both serious and funny at the same time.
Pretty much all of them.
I saw the movie version first. I was really surprised the book version was better.
Sometimes what they say is true, the book version is better than the movie version.
A spellbinding naval novel of W.W.ll - and a wonderful love story too.
The last 4 pages
I loved the narrator. He made this book
Yes. Overall I love the history he puts in his books
Willie. I just loved the character. He brought him to life.
No. I was just too much. I needed breaks sometimes for days
The ending was very lack luster. The way the court Marshall ended was very anticlimactic,
I read this book long ago, before I saw the movie or the play. Its a brilliant book but it starts way, way, before the action does and ends a decent time after it should. The movie covers the dramatic heart of the story and the book would have been better cut down to roughly those plot points, in my humble opinion.
Having said that it was interesting even the extra fluff that was just whiny Willie Keith being a whiner.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“The Caine Mutiny” is a story about being a Navy ship commander during WWII.
The key to right action lies not in discipline but in knowledge and experience. The Navy culls poor Captains through education and “trial by fire”. When a leader acts in ignorance, subordinates have recourse to redress and/or resistance. This is not to absolve a subordinate from discipline when a subordinate is proven wrong but it does offer a criterion for saying “no” when right action is violated. This is a slippery slope to the extent that right action is not a clearly defined guide for human behavior.
The Captain of the Enola Gay is alleged to have had no compunction about dropping the atom bomb on Japan; neither did President Truman. Lieutenant Calley chose to murder innocents at My Lai. All could have said no.
The consequence of a “no” may have been court-martial and imprisonment for the Captain of the Enola Gay. The consequence to Truman could have been national and international condemnation. The consequence to Lieutenant Calley could have been court-martial with a sentence of imprisonment, or death.
Maryk exercised his right to make a free choice when he took command from Queeg. He bares the consequence of his right to choose in “The Caine Mutiny”. All human beings have the inherent right of free choice in all times and in all circumstances; the only difference is in the consequence of one’s “freedom to choose”. Consequences range from life to death with defined variations.
Without spoiling the fine ending of “The Caine Mutiny”, a listener or reader of the novel will have a higher regard for Navy Captains and crews and the American system of military command.
Yes the audio edition gave more width to the characters
The psychological subtleties about the different characters.
A wonderful interpretation able to make each character sound with his/her own voice
Learn from your mistakes
Even if you watched the movie you should not miss the original novel
Growing up Navy
The mutiny, the Kamakazi and Merrick's defense lawyer's speech.
Wouk leaves us hanging at the end.
I read War and Remembrance and that was excellent, but I thought the characters in The Caine Mutiny were possibly even fuller, and even more realistic. Captain Queeg is an indelible character, although I kept picturing Humphrey Bogart in the role, knowing he plays Queeg in the movie. (But I've never seen the movie.) The story never really lagged, and knowing that Herman Wouk based some of this on his own experiences in WWII, I thought the book probably delivered a realistic sense of the everyday people inside all those Navy ships sailing over the Pacific in the war, which made the little and big heroisms in The Caine Mutiny come across as all the more remarkable, and worth our consideration.
Perhaps 10 - 20 years from now - the story is very good, but once is enough.
I enjoyed the author's handling of the growth of the young main character, and particularly the letter to him from his father received after the father's death...very fine.
A good reader adds much to a good book - listening is now my favorite way of reading books. This performer was very good, handling all the characters in a believable way.
Very hard to put down (turn off) - a fine book that pulls the reader (listener) in.
The Caine Mutiny would rate as one of the best books I have listened to. I loved everything about this book, and the narration was excellent. Herman Wouk's books never disappoint.
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