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Titanic Voices: 63 Survivors Tell Their Extraordinary Stories
 
 

Titanic Voices: 63 Survivors Tell Their Extraordinary Stories [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Holman
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The collected memoirs of 63 survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. There were 712 survivors of the Titanic disaster and their horrific experience has captivated readers and movie goers for almost 100 years. But what was it actually like for a woman to say goodbye to her husband? For a mother to leave her teenage sons? For the unlucky many who found themselves in the freezing Atlantic waters (a few did live to tell the tale)? TITANIC VOICES is the most comprehensive collection of Titanic survivors' accounts ever published and includes many unpublished, and long forgotten accounts, unabridged, together with an authoritative editorial commentary. It is also the first book to include substantial accounts from women survivors - most of the previously well known accounts were written by men.

About the Author
Hannah Holman has been fascinated by the story of the Titanic since childhood. She was brought up with the memoirs left by the survivors and the 'instant books' published in the USA in the year following the disaster which also included testimony from survivors. She studied English Literature at Birmingham University and now lives in Bath.

The Kindle Edition of this book is highly illustrated with 135 illustrations, 18 in colour.

About the Author

Hannah Holman has been fascinated by the story of the Titanic since childhood. She was brought up with the memoirs left by the survivors and the 'instant books' published in the USA in the year following the disaster which also included testimony from survivors. She studied English Literature at Birmingham University and now lives in Bath.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6495 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WI27FA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have found the Titanic story interesting since reading about it when the James Cameron film came out and have recently had this interest reawakened by the various events planned to coincide with the centenary so bought this.
This has two of the best known accounts from Archibald Gracie and Lawrence Beesley (unfortunately I already had these but if this is the only collection you own you will want these) and Harold Bride the wireless operator but also quite a lot of things I haven't seen before especially third class passengers and women. There are 3 or 4 for each lifeboats with an introduction so you know who the various people are.
Some of the crews recollections were the best for example the `stokers' who shovelled coal into the engines or people like the ships barber. There was one recollection that reminded me of Jack from the Titanic film - an irish immigrant travelling with a group of friends
There is testimony from the US and UK inquiries which can be hard to read but is sometimes fantastic stuff recorded within a month or so of the sinking.
One of the most useful things in this book is the deck plan which clarifies where the lifeboats were launched from on deck. I kept looking back at this for reference and to try and explain some of the discrepancies between what the survivors tended to recall e.g. they all seemed to say they were in the last lifeboat to leave.
There is a big photo section with detailed captions and it's a big book so in terms of value for money I think it compares well to some other similar books that only have a few survivors viewpoints or lots of thirdhand descriptions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, honest read 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's an incredible thing to read the story direct from those who experienced and survived such a historic event. This is a well researched, cogent, enlightening book; and one I enjoyed enormously. It's easy to dip into and the voices jump off the page. The book does not discriminate, placing first class, steerage and crew's experiences alongside one another. It's easy to form opinions on the individual voices, they are as individual and clear as any person's on the street. I recommend it as a read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating eye witness accounts 9 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
I liked the idea of a book containing straight eye witness accounts from the Titanic rather than second hand versions and chose this one as it seemed to have more different survivors accounts than the other books available.

There's some great detail - people clinging onto lifeboats, lots of bickering, class prejudice etc. One man describes shovelling coal in the engine rooms when he describes seeing the side tearing, water starting to gush in and having to run for his life.

Criticism - it's a long book and because of the way it is structured (by order of when survivors get away from the ship) some of the best stuff is towards the back. If you are short of time maybe start with the lifeboat 6, Archibald Gracie and Olaus Abelseth chapters.

Lots more pictures than I expected - which was nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Voices 17 April 2012
By Cathie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent compilation of testimoies of Titanic survivors. Iwould recommend it to anyone who is interested in this history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present 17 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought for my husband who is thoroughly enjoying the stories - of course very relevant at the moment. Just one of the books 'cashing in' on the anniversary. Very worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable 9 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sad stories, but I enjoyed reading individual stories from the Titanic and how they survived the tragedy- RIP to all lost
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