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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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    Jeff Texas 07-23-15
    Jeff Texas 07-23-15
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    "Best Audible Book I've "read""
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    The book was outstanding and the performance was the best I've experienced.


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

    It sounded as if several actors were involved in the performance. The dialogue was very easy to follow as the voicing was different for each character.


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    Craig H 07-17-15
    Craig H 07-17-15
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    "Another good WWII story"

    I have a long commute so I like longer books and Wouk makes the story last without going boring. Characters are believable if not somewhat crazy at times.

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    Britt Spaulding 07-10-15
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    "Fast trip"

    Very enjoyable, good story that I had not read for a long time, narrator made a long drive go quickly

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    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 07-10-15
    Terri Diamondhead, MS, United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoyed all of works of Wouk, but this one was especially entertaining as I was also in the U.S. Navy. Woke is a wonderful story teller!

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good, but dated and long-winded"

    The good:

    This is a captivating tale that gripped me immediately. I lost sleep the first night I started listening to it because I simply could not pull my self away.

    The bad:

    I'm not afraid of a long book, but this book spends a lot of time on mundane things, while racing through moments of high drama and intrigue. I could have used more courtroom drama, and a lot less "romance", if that's what we're calling it.

    The dated:

    My main gripe with the story is the protagonist's romantic relationship. Maybe at the time this courtship was an appealing story, but through modern eyes, all I see is a stuck-up elitist abusing a girl with no spine or self-respect.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Davis 05-18-15
    Barbara Davis 05-18-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Boring"

    Really enjoyed the Winds of War but this book was just dull and moved slowly. Hoping more info would encourage me to finish it, I read about it on the Internet. The ships crew had a disagreement about how one specific mission was carried out not an actual muntiny, a court marshal, retraction of support by some players and eventually the findings were overturned. Now that's a messy story with no resolution, just a muddle which is where it was when I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 05-15-15
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An Outstanding Novel: Not Outdated, Still Profound"
    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    The novel itself was simply unsurpassed. The characterizations were brilliant. Every character is a real person, deeply flawed, often operating in sheer ignorance, but trying to live up to a powerful and admirable code. Wouk clearly knew something about the US Navy, and as a former sailor, I could smell the old, obsolete ship. Forget the movie characters. Bogart's Capt. Queeg is far too sympathetic, and the film's Willie Keith is far too heroic. And, the mutiny and its aftermath are relatively short sections of the novel. The real story is about the officers of the USS Caine and how they survive for interminable months and years aboard a ship which shouldn't still be afloat, under a commanding officer who's simply been promoted far beyond his abilities. Queeg is mean and petty, unable to see past his pitiful insecurities. Keith is a shallow, arrogant, self-centered momma's boy who regards the Navy with disdain. But the beauty of the novel is that we see Willie grow into a man.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent. He was able to make it clear who was speaking by his inflections, and his voice for Queeg was perfect. It made me remember real people I've known who weren't unlike Queeg. Really, my only criticism of the reader was that he kept mispronouncing "forecastle".


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

    This was the best novel I've read (or listened to) in quite some time. I was profoundly moved by Keith's journey. No wonder Wouk won a Pulitzer for it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joycewhist 04-23-15
    joycewhist 04-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Fantastic author paired with a talented narrator. Winning combination. Was initially unsure of the topic as it is not something I would normally read about but after seeing all the raving reviews I decided to give it a try.
    You will not be disappointed.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 04-17-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "War is Hell, Navy Captains are Worse"

    I tackled this book as preparation for Wouk’s lengthy THE WINDS OF WAR and the even longer WAR AND REMEMBRANCE, of which I am hoping great things, having been enthralled by the television mini-series of the same name. I was amazed at the well-rounded and fully fleshed out characters. None of them are larger than life hero types, but are realistic: self-doubting at times, overconfident at others. These characters make for engaging reading. The book follows the life journey of just a few central characters and is so authentic that I began to care about them. So, when things begin to turn sour the listener is so invested that empathy is assured. Every event the characters go through becomes a crisis. Every injustice, a tragedy. This is a truly grand story filled by real people.

    The book is narrated by Kevin Pariseau who is truly marvel. He handles salty sea dogs and lounge singers with equal mastery. His performance is dramatic without being intrusive, always appropriate, enhancing this already excellent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-15
    Tim Toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-15
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    "Must read"

    It was above my expectations. I did n't know what to expect. I have never seen the movie version but as I am using audible to catch up on all the books I consider must reads , The Caine Mutiny was at the bottom of my list. Well it definitely moved up. The narration was great, it kept me interested from the beginning to he end. I would recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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