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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I would not hesitate to reccommend this book to anyone who was interested in the titanic. An excellent book that presents all the known facts in a clear understandable way. A must have book for anyone who wants facts.
Published on 7 Dec 1999
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Book - Though Now Dated
This is a classic book on the sinking of the Titanic and the first book I ever read on the subject. It should be understood before reading this book that our collective understanding of the Titanic disaster has moved on since the time "A Night to Remember" was first published in 1956. For example, upon discovering the wreck of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic in...
Published on 15 Nov 2005 by father2
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3.0 out of 5 stars A NIght to Remember- not for the 1500+ dead ones...,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Paperback)Having watched Cameron's film about 12 times in the last two years (yep am totally addicted to it) I wanted to read a book and this was the highest recommended. Whilst some interesting wider insights emerged especially regarding other nearby ship which didnt respond and the lists were fascinating overall it left me a little cold. Whether that is an indicator of how movies can damage your ability to appreciate the written word or my own expectations I am not sure. To be fair it was an enjoyable if little light weight read and certaintly the enormity of the tragedy came through. The small insights into the ship's crew were particularly interesting- worth a read and low price too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Kindle Edition)No pre-ambling, no launching and pre-sailing clutter - just straight in with the account of that terrible night through the eyes of the people who endured it. An excellent book, which spawned an excellent film.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Remember,
This audio version of Lords book is excellent. Martin Jarvis does a first rate job managing to capture the drama and sense of tragedy of the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic.
Although much more information about what happened on that tragic night has come to light in the years since Bob Ballard discovered her last resting place A Night to Remember still holds its place as a masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars A night comprehensively remembered,
With all the survivors now passed away, A Night To Remember will remain an essential document and the first port of call for anyone looking to develop their knowledge of the tragedy. The discovery of the wreck of the Titanic itself (among other developments that come with over 50 years of devoted fascination) has shed new light on certain aspects, but some of the details will always remain contentious or a mystery. These are the accounts of those who saw it happen before their own eyes weaved together brilliantly by Lord.
It's also an enjoyable read in its own right - or a listen, as the case is with this audiobook. A testament to an obsession, an obsession that we all share today thanks in no small part to Lord's efforts. Martin Jarvis puts in a fine five-hour shift in his reading. Only a few of the accents let him down. Some of his American ladies sound curiously like Eddie Izzard. Even so, there's so much information contained within these five hours that it lends itself to repeated visits and this is a well presented option.
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Paperback)When I was about 15, I was completely obsessed with the Titanic (yep, that's the year the movie came out!), and I brought every book I could find about it. And at the time, hyping up the movie, there was a lot of books available.
A couple of years later, the obsession had faded and it wasn't until the 100th anniversary of the sinking in mid-April that my interest was piqued again. So I picked up a copy of A Night to Remember.
Written in 1955, it reads with a surprisingly modern and appealing voice - it's not stuffy or wordy in it's explanations of what happened that fateful night, and although the 'cast of characters' is long, it's an extremely riveting read.
Using interviews with passengers from first, second and third class and crew as a basis for the book, Walter Lord's classic has stood the test of time well. Although the cast of characters is large and complicated, the more prominent passengers (Mrs. Brown, John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim) stand out, as do the chilling accounts from below-decks crew and steerage passengers. There are stories of miraculous survival and heart-breaking stories of final goodbyes, and coverage of the rescue and the landing of the survivors in New York.
As a non-fiction book, this is not a dry read at all. Sure, it's got a whole lot of facts about the ship, the sinking and the rescue efforts, but it's presented in an easy-to-read language, interspersed with amazing true stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars A NIGHT TO REMEMBER,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Kindle Edition)IT WAS ENJOYABLE TO READ A TRUER ACCOUNT OF EVENTS THAT HAPPENEND THAT NIGHT WAS REALLY WELL WRITTEN ABOUT THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC I EXPECT THIS WILL BE THE CLOSEST TO THE TRUTH WE WILL EVER GET.
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive account,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Kindle Edition)First published in 1955 and based on interviews with survivors, A Night to Remember remains the definitive book on the sinking of the Titanic.
Related in a simple, almost sparse, style it relays the events in a way that's entirely compelling without ever being sensationalist.
Perhaps most poignant is that at the end it includes the full passenger list, the names of the survivors picked out in italics.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Titanic: Beautiful But Deadly, Innovative But Ignorant,
This review is from: A Night to Remember: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Sinking of the Titanic (Paperback)It's that idea of the ship as a microcosm of 1912 society, complete with all its prejudices and naivety, its sinking signifying the end of an era that captivates me.
In the 1950s Lord's account sparked the making of the film with the same title and renewed interest in the disaster. He spoke to survivors from all classes and highlighted issues that were just ignored in 1912 - bigotry about race, the refusal of those on lifeboats to go back for survivors and the role of the Californian (which was within sight of the Titanic for the whole night but switched the radio off and ignored the distress rockets fired as the ship went down). Lord's account is factual but told with grace and without seeking scapegoats, it's a truly wonderful example of a book attempting to tell the stories of over 2000 passengers and crew through the testimony of less than a hundred who were still alive and willing to go on record with their account of the fateful night.
Lord's A Night To Remember is the classic account, and worth reading even if you've suffered Titanic fatigue recently with all the publicity of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, simply because the Titanic (and the often forgotten Empress of Ireland) represent a very brief window of time when huge passenger liners were so new that they couldn't help but be beautiful but deadly, innovative in technology but ignorant in safety.
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Book Review,
As I listened to the events unfolding it made me think of the sad souls lost in 9-11. In the Titanic the ship goes down less than 3 hours after hitting the iceberg on April 14. As the events unfold I know the ship and some 1500 souls will perish. They are on a ship that is unsinkable. It has compartments that it can seal off if they take on water. It has various combinations that it can use to isolate these compartments.
The iceberg is spotted but the ship does not steer away from it quickly enough. The iceberg hits more compartments than the scenarios had anticipated. In short -no matter which comparments they close the freezing sea water will get past them and start to creep into the ship. So within 3 hours the normal life on board is destroyed and nobody can comprehend it
For the World Trade Centers, everyone goes to work as normal only for many to lose their lives within a few hours.
Both events are awful. For the Titanic not enough life boats are on the ship to let 2207 people escape -it can't sink can it? Even some of the lifeboats that are released are not full -what a terrible waste.
The class system lets First Class women onto the boats first whilst other classes have to wait
There were many reports of icebergs being spotted in the area on that fateful night by other ships prior to
the Titanic's collision
The ship the Carpathea picks up about 700 people from the life boats leaving the 1500 to freeze to death in the dark - how awful. These CD's are like a clock ticking as the events unfold -you know you can't do anything about it and you see that the very rich women will be mostly rescued whilst those that remain will perish.
There are examples of the radio transmissions -still in its infancy - of messages missed , ignored, disbelieved. Of distress rockets from the Titanic being misunderstood, of trying out the SOS message for the first time at sea. Of the press saying that the Titanic was OK and being towed by the Carpathea. In short of total confusion and cover ups
Once I started to listen to the first CD, I had to hear the whole 4 recordings. It leaves me thinking that the Titanic should be left in peace along with those who died on that night.
It also made me think -live for today and do not take anything for granted. Changes can occur in the blink of any eye.
Martin Jarvis reads the book in a very engaging manner. There are so many facts and details but he makes "A Night to Remember" a very sobering listening experience indeed - with so sides to human nature
4.0 out of 5 stars A night to remember - nothing is infallable,
The style is impartial, which is by no means unfeeling, in fact it emphasises the devastating truth. definately worth reading.
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A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (Paperback - 4 Feb 2008)