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The Caine Mutiny Audiobook

The Caine Mutiny

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Devlin Faust Knoxville 07-16-12
    Devlin Faust Knoxville 07-16-12 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Slice of WWII"
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    I liked the movie, but Humphrey Bogart's representation of the Captain is more sympathetic than the original (the book).

    Anyone who has ever had a very, very bad boss can empathize with the suffering of the progtagonist in "The Caine Mutiny". However, what is really good about this book is that it gives one small slice of what the American part of the WWII experience might have been like. No one in "The Caine Mutiny" is an exceptional individual, and the Caine doesn't do anything spectactular for the war effort. The Caine and it's crew are just one more cog in the machine that won the war, and this is a story about a young man who grows up (sort of) in the backdrop of 'doing his bit' in a largely unappreciated job.

    The humor in this book is not overdone, but gives the reader a break from some of the drudgery that the main characters have to work through. That said, the actual 'mutiny' is, in of itself, almost a sidebar for the plot of the story.

    What you get with "The Caine Mutiny" is something that is extremely well-written along with a first-rate narration.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 11-18-13
    Betty 11-18-13 Member Since 2017

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    ""Tuck in that shirt!""
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    This is a wonderful audio book! Kevin Pariseau captures the personalities and reads with a nice tempo. The "romance" portion of this novel goes on a bit long and becomes tedious. The rest makes up for it. If you were in the US Navy, you probably saw the DVD or VHS while out at sea. My husband and many others became sick of it. It might have gone over board. I can't play this one aloud without hearing a complaint. Good audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Penn Valley, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Amazon Customer Penn Valley, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!!! What a GREAT book!!!"
    Would you listen to The Caine Mutiny again? Why?

    I will be listening again soon


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved everything about this story


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

    I have not listened to Kevin Pariseau before, but he was great!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen the movie several times and was hesitant to listen to this book. However i went on a journey i never expected. I didn't want it to end!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Pearson Idaho 10-21-12
    E. Pearson Idaho 10-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Occasional Thinker

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    "A Captivating Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book, but I'm not as exuberant in my praise as some readers. I read Wouk's Winds of War and War & Remembrance years ago and enjoyed them more, not because they were any better written, but because I learned so much about WWII and its many historical characters. A Navy ship supplies less education about the war for me and is thus reduced to merely a very well-told tale. Sure, the psychology of various characters and what can drive them to desperate measures is fascinating, but even so doesn't move me to label such writing great literature. The Caine Mutiny in my view is pulp fiction at its very best.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rory 08-09-12
    Rory 08-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "You will be surprised"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Pariseau?

    Yes, but this one disappointed me. Toward the end, as somone else noted, his ability to differentiate characters was lost and that hurt in some sections as it is all dialogue and being able to distinguish who is talking helps.
    I loved his narration of Winds of War and War&Remembrance, so was surprised at this performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok,confession...I love the movie. I downloaded the radio dramatization and hated it. Because of Kevin Pariseau's prior Wouk performances, I tried this one.
    As someone pointed out:
    1. This isn't Wouk's best work.
    2. Pariseau is quite a few levels down from his prior narrations.
    3. Get past the annoying May/Maria storyline, and this is actually very well done. Really do feel a part of the ship and provides greater appreciation for both Caine Mutiny and Mr. Robert's movies. At first I was surprised that Wouk continued beyond the court martial, and while a bit preachy, it did provide better closure than the movie.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 08-18-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy to See this Book as a Movie"

    Wouk is a writer that I just recently discovered. I listened to "Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" and loved them. I would also rate this book highly but third in light of the other two. Even at third, this novel is far above average. As a character study, it is a bit dated by today's standards but it is quite apparent why this novel was made into a famous movie. I would highly recommend all three of the books especially for those who missed them the first time around as I did. This ia a classic that I was glad to discover.

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    Jean San Antonio, TX, United States 06-23-12
    Jean San Antonio, TX, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome story."
    Would you listen to The Caine Mutiny again? Why?

    I will definitely be listening to this one again. Wonderful to hear the saga.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to pick a part.


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

    no


    If you could take any character from The Caine Mutiny out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Willie


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "What is the right approach to poor leadership?"

    This is a fascinating war story with several layers that are not initially apparent. The story starts off focussed on the main character and his entry into, and activities in, the US Navy during WWII. But with the introduction of new characters and changing circumstances, things get much more and interesting and complicated.

    It struck me as primarily a tale of bad leadership and subordinates' reactions to it and how young men mature in tough circumstances and possibly gain resulting wisdom. It takes a stand on what the right approach to weak leadership ought be. I found the suggested answer pretty much impossible to argue with. I also found it disturbing when I recalled how I’ve handled such situations through the years.

    It’s a long book, but rewarding and worth the time. It’s very well narrated and I highly recommend it.

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    John S MA 12-16-13
    John S MA 12-16-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Classic WWII Tale. Well worth the 1 credit."

    I read this book because my brother is in the JAG in the navy. I also remember it from the movie, and having seen that first, I could not get Humphrey Bogart out of my mind as the captain. So if you have not seen the movie, listen to this firs, then see the movie. The movie is true to the book, but it is the performances that will make it hard to imagine the characters for yourself.

    This tale is not so straight forward as it would first appear. By the end you will start to question who was right or wrong. It is rather ambiguous whether Captain Queque deserved the treatment he received from the crew of the Caine.

    The book is interesting from the standpoint that it takes men from all walks of life and puts them in a role they may or may not be able to handle. Add the stress of war, and some will fail and others will succeed.

    Of the three books from this author during WW II, the Caine Mutiny, War and Remembrance, and the Winds of War, I would rate this the best of the three. Start here, and if you like it, then listen to the other 2. This is an easier place to start because there is only 1, you do not have to listen 40 hours of a sequel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 09-19-13
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Have returned this one"

    I really wanted to like this book, but only managed to get half way through before being unable to continue. The story moves very slowly, with what seems to be a lot (a LOT) of irrelevant back story. Perhaps I am wrong and it would have ended up being vital info, but the first third of the book seemed pointless to me.

    I was hoping to find a good insight into the US Navy, WWII and to look at life from a military point of view, but I did not get that. There was much too much character analysis and self-searching for my taste, and not enough action. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy solid character development, but I didn't feel it from this book. After 18 hours I felt like I hadn't learnt anything more about Willy than I had after the first 2 hours.

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    "a great story about life in the WWII US Navy"
    What did you like most about The Caine Mutiny?

    At the core of this story lies the protagonist's passage to manhood that results from his experience of a year on board a rust-bucket mine-sweeper commanded by a crazy captain. The story is quite long and parts of it could have been left out. A vivid picture of life in the US Navy during WWII is painted, and of life at sea in a more general sense. The "mutiny" of the title takes a long time to occur in the story, and is followed by almost as much story in the second half of the book. If you like all things Navy and the action set in WWII, you'll like this (incidentally, there is practically no "action" as far as combat is concerned, making it all the more engaging and realistic).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    7/6/14
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    "Atmospheric war time classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Caine Mutiny to be better than the print version?

    Yes because I am not sure I would have chosen it to read myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Queeg because he was so horribly unpleasant.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much. I will look out for other books that he has narrated.


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

    The part that stood out particularly for me was at the time of the actual 'mutiny'.


    Any additional comments?

    A thought provoking story. Was Captain Queeg really mad or just a bad leader? I'd listen again knowing the outcome to see if I change my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jan Markus
    Finland
    4/3/13
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    "Quite OK"

    This was a good book. The good blend of WWII naval action, good characters, love, and courtroom suspense. It was also very even, no long dragging parts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    10/6/16
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    "Excellent even if very long"

    While this is a long story, I never felt bored and there were always little stories within stories throughout. Just wished I knew what happened after the book ends! But that's why we have imagination!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dot
    10/10/15
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    "Gripping"

    Great story really well read didn't want it to finish. Shame There aren't a lot more Herman Wouk audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "incredibly credible"
    What did you like most about The Caine Mutiny?

    several plot lines skilfully woven together in a way which was believable yet in truth wholly unlikely. Characters drawn in a balanced way to show good and bad, strong and weak, traits in all; no glittering saints; no out and out Devils: even Queeg gets some sympathy. Superb research and period authenticity. Page turning suspense. Romance line important but not dominant.


    What other book might you compare The Caine Mutiny to, and why?

    possibly The Cruel Sea by Monsarrat. It features some of the same senior officer bullying and provides characterisation as well as plot. But Caine is better and on a bigger canvas.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably the yellow dye in the water event which earned Queeg the "Old Yellow-stain" soubriquet.


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

    More laughter than tears for me. The character Keefer was regularly funny. So the scene where his brother is killed is especially poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Pariseau is a skilful non-intrusive narrator. Sometimes I would have liked just a bit more voice differentials but that's really just a quibble

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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