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Voices from the Titanic (Brief Histories) Paperback – 19 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184901521X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015219
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic true accounts by the people who built it, as well as the survivors.

About the Author

Geoff Tibballs is a former journalist and press officer. He is now a full-time writer. He lives in Nottingham.

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By Mister G HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 April 2012
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What the author seems to have done is essentially a 'cut & paste' job - trawl libraries and other resources for newspaper reports both before and after the sinking, and then compile them in a book. This explains why other reviewers say that it is repetitive. Reading this book is a bit like buying all the national newspapers on the day of a major event, like 9/11, and reading them (and doing so again for a while thereafter). Many will give you a slightly different angle but you quickly feel bored due to repetition. The author does write introductions to the stories and the book's Introduction itself is interesting, so it is not purely a cut & paste job.

On the other hand, if you set aside the natural inaccuracy of newspaper reporting, newspaper reports from a few days after the event, reporting survivors' stories, are likely to be more accurate than Hollywood versions.

For example, one report tells the story of, as a lifeboat is being lowered, a person in the lifeboat telling the reporter: 'A number of other passengers, mostly men, were standing near by (sic) and they joked with us because we were going out on the ocean. "The ship can't sink", said one. "You'll catch your death of cold out there in the ice".'

Another newspaper report, from the Boston Post on 20th April 1912 (see what I mean about contemporaneous reporting?) concerns an interview with a survivor who saw a mother and her six children being allowed onto the interviewee's lifeboat but the father being denied entry. The newspaper story states ' "Let him come with me. Oh please let him come with me", she pleaded. "I don't want to live if he can't come. There will be nobody to earn bread for my little children", she wailed. But the officers wouldn't let the father go.
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This was a very interesting book about the most dreadful of sea travel disasters. I did find it a little repetitive, but the way the book was written was clear and the characters 'came to life', so that you knew who was who, the heroes and the cowards.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book as I have always held a fascination for the Titanic as have many others, Whilst I found the facts and survivor accounts extremely fascinating and at times heartbreaking, the book was as many other reviews have also stated very repetitive and misleading. The author seems to have just copied and pasted every newspaper account from the time and I found the first part of the book very tough going. We get told the same information many times and in different ways to the point where I was skipping forward page after page to get to more interesting parts. It was like trying to sit down and read every newspaper that was published from that week in history, we get told all the inaccurate information that was printed at the time and I feel lots of irrelevant info that was not necessary. I have as yet to complete the book though, but my suggestion is that it's one of those books to keep coming and going from as and when you want to, it's not like reading a novel that has a following plot. I am glad I purchased this in the spring sale, it's a good book to have in my collection but a good bargain.
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This is a very full and comprehensive collection of almost all accounts by Titanic survivors and others related to these events, as well as a wide range of newspaper articles from before, during and after the events. As such, it contains many tragic and moving accounts, though also, inevitably, rather a lot of duplication. It is very useful as a compendium of relevant contemporary accounts, though it could have done with a little more contextualisation and analysis to balance the undoubtedly valuable comtemporary testimony. Contains very useful lists of passengers and crew, biographies of survivors and ships, plus a glossary (very usefully searchable on my Kindle edition) which rounds off its valuable reference function. 4/5
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i found this book to be really haunting.it covers every angle of the story of the titanic.a very good factual read
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I have always been fascinated by the Titanic history since long before the recent hype due to the anniversary. I have read and re-read books, articles and watched documentaries but am now reading even more since so many books have flooded the market at this time. Voices from the Titanic is an excellent read. There have been many conflicting views given on events from that terrible time but people who were there have recalled their experiences which, in most cases, are factual and in some instances quite remarkable. There is little doubt that the whole situation was fraught with sadness and horror and much has been revealed of the class distinction and the incredible flaws in the vessel's construction and safety provisions, many of these highlighted in retrospect.
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I have been facinated with the Titanic for years and thought this book sounded interesting but after a few chapters you read something and think im sure i have already read that, this happened a lot and after a while i became a bit bored with reading it. It is a bit too repetitive, although in the begining it is quite good
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I bought this book as it's always interesting to read about events from the people who were actually there. The book starts off well but you seen find yourself reading the same thing over and over for quite a few pages. It starts off by describing the vast size and how luxurious the ship was, even for those in steerage. It gives you a good sense of how little worry there was after the ship hit the iceberg, and how the crew and passengers were so sure the ship wouldn't sink, it wasn't until they started loading the lifeboats that people realised how serious the situation was. I haven't read it all yet, but for 99p I can't complain!
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