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.
I was probably influenced by Humphry Bogart and his mates in the classic movie when reading the book, but it exceeded my expectations. The Keith - May Wynn romance was not, in my opinion, up to par with the rest of the action, but that did not distract from the overall enjoyment of the boom
Intriguing, Clashing Personalities
Willie because the Navy experience transformed him from a mama's boy to a man
"They Were Wrong for the Right Reasons"
I recommend this book to readers fascinated by WWII history because although fiction, much is based on actual events in the author's life.
Erin the Bookworm
Yes. The reader was fantastic and kept you into an already classic book. I loved the character development, you knew the players inside and out.
The Strawberry Incident
The book is approximately 26 hours, so its very difficult to read in one sitting. If I could have, I would have.
Highly recommended. One of the best narrations I have heard.
As a former officer in the Army, I found the story fascinating. I am certainly thankful that I did not have to work under any completly crazy senior officers. Find it interesting that the crew could maintain disciplin while under way. A well read interesting book. Kept me interested to find out what the next crazy event was going to take place.
We were very disappointed with this story. I don't understand when people damn God over and over. Don't they know they are going to meet their Maker one day?! We got through part one and were still waiting for the story to happen. The Captain never says anything without prefacing it with GD!! at least twice. Really poorly written story. I understand that sailors cuss. But I don't think it needs to be demonstrated this much, if a story is worth telling.
Loved this. Love Kevin's narration except, DUDE, forecastle is pronounced folk'sle! Book is excellent, though.
NASCAR. Brutus. Good Beer. Books.
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.
The Caine Mutiny was an interesting read. I'm not big on military novels but this one kept me listening.
I loved this story; I wish I would have read it instead of listening. The narrator, a cross between Hugh Beaumont and Don Pardo was too present.
The performance by Pariseau was boring and phoned in. Whereas performers like Humphrey Bower and John Lee are wonderful at giving each character a distinctive voice Pariseau has such a limited range one would be hard to distinguish whether Keefer and May Winn was speaking if you didn't know the context.
This is definitely a case where the movie was better than the book, or at least the Audible version of the book.
While the basic story is good and Wouk is an established author the overall style is very dated in this day and age. Dickens still holds up a couple of centuries after the fact. Wouk will be forgotten in less time than that.
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