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  • The Caine Mutiny

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great story about life in the WWII US Navy

  • By G on 06-02-14

incredibly credible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-15

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

  • Mainlander

  • By: Will Smith
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The thrilling debut from comedy writer and stand-up star Will Smith - a novel about loneliness, about not belonging, and about the corroding effects of keeping secrets. It's Jersey in 1987, and the storm clouds are gathering over Colin Bygate. Sitting on a headland, stewing over the discovery that his wife used to date Rob de la Haye, a brash hotelier who is everything that Colin is not, he spots a pupil near the edge of the cliff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hi,,I think it was a very nice book

  • By Jackie lewis on 24-05-15

Faint Praise

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-15

If you know Jersey the setting is good and the locations familiar. But otherwise this is duff. It's like he got bored with his own story and just finished it off with every loose end dangling. Only good literature can get away with that. This isn't and doesn't.

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  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

Fifties Fear under Nasty Nazis

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story is this: what if the appeasers had succeeded in 1940 and Britain had made peace with the Nazis. Sansom combines careful research, powerful narrative and suspense with strong characters and a touch of unbelievable nonsense to create a frightening tale and a good sense of place and period. Daniel Weyman's narration is wide ranging both in accents and tones. He develops to the differences of character by a consistent rendering of each of the major players.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked (admired is more like it) Gunter, the german SS investigator. He carried the same sort of understated menace that you find for example in Christph Waltz's portrayal of the "Jew Hunter' at the start of the film Inglourious basterds. You hate him but you can't stop watching him.

What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As I have said, Weyman's differencing of voice for the main players is both subtle and consistent, so that he enhances Sansom's characterisation, thus arguably making this book a better listen than a read. He gets the Glasgow man's accent and dialect wrong in some respects but most non-Glaswegians wouldn't know or care.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hide and seek for keeps