One hundred years ago, the mightiest "unsinkable" ship began her maiden voyage to cross the Atlantic. An engineering feat 11 stories high, the Titanic contained a list of passengers collectively worth $250 million when she left port on April 10, 1912, but she would never reach her destination. The Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, and 1,500 people died in the freezing waters as the ship met her watery grave. Spectacular in many ways, it's a story that has spurred legends and still sends shivers down the spine a century later. This minute-by-minute account of the sinking is based on over 20 years of research and offers amazing detail of that fateful night.
Read by Martin Jarvis, it's a riveting account of one of the world's biggest maritime disasters and the behavior of the passengers and crew. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this audiobook brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of listeners.
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an excellent account.
I would recommend the book to anyone who really wants to relive the ship's last night.
I liked the interesting things I learned about the time period such as the class system on the ship that no longer exists today. I was also interested to find out why there had been so little life boat storage on the ship.
Jarvis's performance was excellent. When you want to listen to someone read an account like this, I would recommend Jarvis as a perfect narrator for historical accounts.
My reaction to the book was sadness for all those lost at sea. I also think that ship builders should now think twice before they declare a ship unsinkable based on what this book tells us.
I have listened to another Walter Lord account on the Titanic titled the night lives on. This book is not posted on audible, but you can read this in print. I have the cassette edition. Yes, I still have a cassette player. Even though these books are the same in most respects, the night lives on delves into some of the myths surrounding the ship in greater detail rather then just posing the questions. I would strongly recommend reading this account as well. This I think is better then watching the hit movie from 1997. If you don't care for the love story in the film, the account I have mentioned along with this book are well worth your time.
- Robert A. Raymond