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The Caine Mutiny Audiobook

The Caine Mutiny

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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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    kingmidasnreverse Los Angeles, CA 01-20-15
    kingmidasnreverse Los Angeles, CA 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BLOWN AWAY..."
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    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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    jack lichtenstein 01-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A dated classic"

    I read this book with a sense of great anticipation.I was about to read a great book, a classic. Instead, I read an anticlimactic historical romance.
    This is a book about Willie Keith, Steve Maryk and Tom Keefer, reserve officers aboard a minesweeper in the pacific during World War 2. They are confronted by a regular Navy Captain of the Caine, Phillip Queeg. Queeg is petty and vindictive and they come to doubt his seamanship during a Typhoon. Maryk relieves him of his command during the Typhoon. A court martial ensues and Maryk is acquitted through the brilliant representation of Barney Greenwalt, a Jew.
    A subplot is the romance between Keith and May Wyn.
    Alhough this book has been made into a play and there have been 2 movie versions, it is somewho stale and dated. The most interesting part is in fact the Caine at sea.
    The book does bear witness to what Tom Brokaw called the " greatest generation." Every one in the Navy is heroic and Noble. And the two antagonists, Tom Keefer and Phillip Queeg suffer from being ordinary, without heroism, rather than Villainous. In our generation they would seem quite common place, but in the setting of giants they appear mean and small.
    Also, all of the navy men are focused and know exactly who they are fighting and why they are fighting. As Greenwalt says, they are fighting so that his mother would not become "a bar of soap."
    The subplot of Keith's romance is irrelevant to the book and could easily have been omitted, as pointed out by reviewers at the time.
    This book is recommended for its historical interest, as one would recommend the Deerslayer. It is not relevant to our current predicaments.

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    P. VEASEY 12-04-14
    P. VEASEY 12-04-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Better then the movie."
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    Pariseau made the story like listening to an old radio show. Hard to stop listening to.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    His voices and overall performance


    Any additional comments?

    The story is so much better then the movie.

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    Chris Coyne 11-23-14
    Chris Coyne 11-23-14
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    "Trouble on the Caine."
    Where does The Caine Mutiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a great human drama. Top of my five favorite audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was like a documentary. It was both serious and funny at the same time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pretty much all of them.


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

    I saw the movie version first. I was really surprised the book version was better.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes what they say is true, the book version is better than the movie version.

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    L. Liebermann 11-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Spellbinding novel of W.W.ll"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    A spellbinding naval novel of W.W.ll - and a wonderful love story too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    May Wynn


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Ensign Kieth


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

    The last 4 pages


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    Rodney C 08-21-14
    Rodney C 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ending disappointing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator. He made this book


    Would you be willing to try another book from Herman Wouk? Why or why not?

    Yes. Overall I love the history he puts in his books


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Willie. I just loved the character. He brought him to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I was just too much. I needed breaks sometimes for days


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was very lack luster. The way the court Marshall ended was very anticlimactic,

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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-13-14
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful but..."

    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.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-26-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "MILITARY COMMAND"

    “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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Merlone 05-12-14
    Merlone 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A masterpiece"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Caine Mutiny to be better than the print version?

    Yes the audio edition gave more width to the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The psychological subtleties about the different characters.


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

    A wonderful interpretation able to make each character sound with his/her own voice


    If you could rename The Caine Mutiny, what would you call it?

    Learn from your mistakes


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you watched the movie you should not miss the original novel

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