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The Caine Mutiny | [Herman Wouk]

The Caine Mutiny

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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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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    Lisa United States 11-05-13
    Lisa United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2015

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    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    WOW! I enjoyed this presentation of The Caine Mutiny very much. The narration by Kevin Pariseau was very well done and his character voices certainly made it easy to imagine the crew of this ship. If you have not read this book, you should...if you read it awhile ago...you should read it again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Marreck ... solid, stoic, and believable


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no...a first but not a last


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    lindam@islands.vi 10-07-13
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    The great narration gave this wonderful story real life. I just couldn't stop listening even at 1am. Felt as though I'd lost friends when it was over.

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    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 10-02-13
    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Tale for modern times"
    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    Growing up fast. In view of when this book was written, one gains courage for the youth of America that are described by their elders as whiney and pampered. Clearly this is nothing new. The lessons here about the differences between commanding and commanding respect, and the differences between competent authority and positional authority, are timeless for all individuals who work in a tiered organization.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the part where Willy looks back on his service and realizes that the Navy may know what it is doing after all.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would recommend to individuals who are on the cusp of growing up. You kind of grow up yourself a little while listening to it - it really challenges your assumptions and justifications about your own behavior.

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    Douglas Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 08-04-13
    Douglas Pincher Creek, AB, Canada 08-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wouk certainly deserved the Pulitzer Prize"
    What did you love best about The Caine Mutiny?

    The complete experience of being on the Caine was conveyed to me by this performance. The personalities of the characters came through in Technicolor. I bought this book because the Movie of this novel was one of my favorites. Humphry Bogart was Captain Quieg. The audio performance was so much better than the movie.
    About two weeks after completing the audiobook, Turner Classic Movies showed the movie. If you want a reason to listen to audiobooks, and why that is so much better than movies, then listen to the novel, and then watch the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie Keith. Not that I liked him particularly, his many flaws came through... but he certainly made the story.


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

    Commander Quieg. The description of this "little" man brought back memories of some people I have known. The performance of Pariseau certainly brought all the characters to life. So much so, I have purchased the Winds of War because I was so engrossed in this story.


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

    No, I didn't want it to end.


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    Mark Big Bear Lake, CA, United States 07-27-13
    Mark Big Bear Lake, CA, United States 07-27-13
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    "Great Audio Book"
    Where does The Caine Mutiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in the top 5% of all the audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters were all different, interesting, and the interaction among them was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The trial itself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Somethings are not as they appear to be!!


    Any additional comments?

    A great autiobook!!!!!

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    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 07-13-13
    Jacquelyn ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Engaging book from beginning to end!"
    Any additional comments?

    An absolutely engaging book. I followed the life of Willy Keith as he matured over the course of three years in the Navy during WWII. I saw into a life that started with self-centeredness and immaturity and developed into self-awareness and maturity. This transformation was presented through Willy's own thoughts, and also through his actions and interactions. I loved the character of captain Queeg and May Win, and near the end I despised Keefer. The book was not all about war time battles, though it included some. It was more about the characters and how each one interacted and responded to the people and things around them given their own personal make-up. I, for one, want to look up the movie from 1954 and watch it with a big bowl of popcorn.

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    David Lubbock, TX, United States 07-03-13
    David Lubbock, TX, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An Astounding Experience!"

    I came only recently to appreciate the works of Herman Wouk. I had dismissed "The Winds of War," and "War and Remembrance" based on the glimpses of the terrible mini-series which were broadcast in the 70's and 80's (I think). After listening to Mr. Pariseau's performance of these books, I was soon to learn of how terrible an injustice the television portrayals had visited upon these enormously fine works of history and literature.

    As for "The Caine Mutiny," this work of fiction left the others in the dust. The story is compelling, the characters are vivid and fascinating, and the prose is remarkable. But the narration of Mr. Pariseau is (again) amazing. Mr. Pariseau's performance by far exceeds the players from the motion picture of the same name. Mr. Pariseau's Captain Queeg is superior to Mr. Bogart's in every way. (To be fair, while I am no expert, It appears to me that overacting was the norm in cinema for many years--even up to the present time--And this isn't to say that Mr. Bogart and (say) Mr. MacMurray's performance wasn't also sublime--it is just that mr. Pariseau's performance is more "contemparary.")

    The bottom line is this: I have never written a review of anything, in any format, for public review before now. And even though I may have not adequately expressed the genius of this book and narration, I wanted to give it a shot, because it is just that good.

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    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 05-05-13
    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2014

    NASCAR. Brutus. Good Beer. Books.

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    "Just Plain Long"

    The only time I was enthused is one small portion of the trial itself. Unfortunately, that was about one hour of the third part of 3 eight hour parts.

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-15-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Writer and Great Reader"

    This book could very easily have been boring. As a matter of fact, it was at times a little slow. I was hungry for more Herman Wouk after devouring Winds of War and then War and Remembrance. When I saw that Kevin Parisaeau was again the reader of Wouk's words I was all in. The book did not disappoint, although it wasn't as great as either of the aforementioned books.

    Wouk clearly knows the navy and he nails diverse group of characters. Narrators just don't get any better than Pariseau. He has great range, cadence, and enunciation. He's great all around. Wouk can get very, very detailed at times but never to the point where you feel, as the land lubber that I am, that you are lost in nautical language or terms. If you like WWII history you will enjoy this book. It's not about combat but rather the varied mindsets of men that are in a state of war but mostly on the outskirts and looking from the outside in and how that plays on their minds and spirits. Wouk paints a convincing picture all around. This is not an action packed read, it is very character driven.

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    Curtis Corinth, TX, United States 11-05-12
    Curtis Corinth, TX, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice long story"

    The story isn't magnificent but it is interesting up until the last 1/4 then it seems to have trouble tying all the ends together and finishing cleanly. I purchased the DVD of the Bogart movie made after this book and as usual, you get a much richer view of the story from the audio book than you do from the movie. The scenes are well built and you do not need to know much about the Navy or ships to follow along if you are good at taking queues from the context.

    I recommend it if you're into military fiction and WWII

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