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.
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.
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.
The Caine Mutiny is a fascinating story with world war II as a backdrop. A complex story about the stress of command during wartime and dealing with moral and ethical situations that are not easily resolvable. I still imagine Humphrey Bogart as Capt Queeg, rolling the steel balls between his fingers in the movie, which is quite good by the way.
The love story between our protagonist, Willie Keith, and his beau May Wynn, is not as interesting or as compelling as the story on board the ship. As a former Navy man, I got tired of hearing about the forecastle instead of the fo'c'sle. Minor point, I suppose. Watching young Willie grow into a competent officer and good leader adds greatly to the story. Language is a bit rough, perhaps not for young ones.
My wife and I listen together and we love this book and the reader. Finished Winds of War and then War and Remembrance - all three by Herman Wouk the author and Kevin Pariseau the reader. Immediately downloaded the Caine Mutiny. Looking for more books by Wouk and other books read by Pariseau.
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