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.
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.
While I had some problems with Wouk's writing style in his "Wars" books, the stories were compelling enough to make them a worthwhile "read."
I'm not sure I'll even be able to finish this one, though. If Pariseau had narrated so poorly in either of the other books, I wouldn't be having this problem, because I would have never purchased it.
Wouk's writing style is right out of the 40s. I doubt he could make it as an author today. He provides way too much detail for me. I don't care what everyone is wearing. I just want to hear a good story. He also uses passive verbs too much.
I'm with "Richard" on this one, mediocre writing and a phoned in performance. Pass up the audio version. See the movie, which is good, or read the book. I think I'll forgo listening to any more of it and see if I can find the movie to watch instead.
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