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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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    G Pire sur SeicheFrance 06/02/2014
    G Pire sur SeicheFrance 06/02/2014

    Many hours in spring and summer spent sitting on a slow lawn mower is why I listen to stories.

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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).


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    Amazon Customer 06/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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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
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    Jan Markus Finland 03/04/2013
    Jan Markus Finland 03/04/2013
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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.

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    Mike 06/10/2016
    Mike 06/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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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!!!!!

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    Dot 10/10/2015
    Dot 10/10/2015
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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

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    Donald Glasgow, United Kingdom 21/07/2015
    Donald Glasgow, United Kingdom 21/07/2015 Member Since 2011
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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

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