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on 14 November 1998
Titanic - the 'unsinkable' ocean liner sailed on her maiden voyage in April 1912 from Southampton. She would never reach her destination. Thoroughly researched and packed with first hand accounts from survivors, this book is considered to be the benchmark by which all other books on the subject are judged. First published in 1954 and used as the basis for the film of the same title starring Kenneth Moore, Walter Lord painstakingly researched evidence from both the UK and US investigations into the tragedy, and tracked down and interviewed scores of survivors to produce a book which is packed with detail. He engrosses the reader as the events unfold and the tale races towards its shocking end, carefully weighing up often conflicting accounts and arriving at considered judgements which give a unique insight into the sinking. Arguments over the exact events that night continue to this day - read A Night to Remember and decide for yourself.
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on 21 February 2017
I've seen both the 1957 film Night to Remember and James Cameron's "Titanic", but the older film is much better and this is the book that film was based on. Reading the book, you can easily identify the characters in the film. The story is told as witnessed by people actually present, many of whom were still alive when this book and the film were made. The author does comment on discrepencies between various accounts and on the wild and inaccurate reporting of the time. He does not delve into the lunatic fringe conspiracy theories that sprang up years later when there were no more eyewitnesses to debunk them. If you want the definitive description of that night out in the Atlantic with detail not shown in the films, this is the best book to buy.
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on 24 August 2016
You know the famous names associated with her, you know or heard of the myths and legends about her and her passengers, you even know her fate, now hear the haunting voices from the Titanic with a true classic. Whether the reader has a causal interest sparked by silver screen dramatizations, a morbid curiosity of history or is a long time armchair enthusiast of the story, facts and myths all surrounding the Titanic- A Night to Remember is an unforgettable classic that appeals to every type of reader. A Night to Remember is told in a riveting fashion that first captures the atmosphere of that cold April night and continues to build a detailed account of the ship and her passenger's fates between April 10 to 19 1912. Written in 1955, Walter Lord has left a stunning piece of meticulous fiction that melds magnetic storytelling with harrowing accounts from the survivors of history's most famous and recognized maritime disaster. Well known and little known facts are abound in this work and the reader is sure to learn something new with each flip of the page. Beautifully executed with haunting accounts and thought-provoking this novel even ends with the final pages paying a somber tribute with the listed names of the survivors and those who perished. An appropriate ending to a story of the Titanic's final days and her ultimate voyage into history. Highly Recommend.
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on 27 November 2016
A brilliantly written account of this unbelievable and tragic piece of history. I would definitely recommend it to any interested reader
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 April 2012
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It is the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and there is a plethora of Titanic programmes, documentaries, books, etc - some are good, some are bad and some are truly awful. So, if you are looking for the story of the Titanic and you want something which is as close to the facts as it can get, something which is readable (or listenable in the case of the audio-book) then I can recommend A Night to Remember to you.

The narrator is Martin Jarvis. I have a number of audio-books which are narrated by Mr Jarvis, and he is a good narrator - though he can seem a little nasal at times. I will say that he has done a great job narrating this book.

The audio-book is 5 hours and 5 minutes over 4 CDs, and moves along nicely without any unexpected or unacceptable breaks - each change of disc comes at a natural break in the story. It is so interesting and well written and read that I listened to the entire book one disc after another in the one day.

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A LITTLE BACKGROUND

John Walter Lord Jr (8 October 1917 - 19 May 2002) was a respected writer of narrative history. Much of that respect came (and still comes) from the fact that he was a meticulous researcher who kept to the facts rather than adding his own twists and/or opinions/bias to the narrative.

Lord's book "A Night to Remember" (published in 1955/6) was one of the 11 (that I know of) historical texts. These included "A Time to Stand" (about the Alamo), "Day of Infamy" (Pearl Harbour), "The Miracle of Dunkirk" and Incredible Victory (Midway). Three years after its publication, in 1958, the book became the basis for the film "A Night to Remember".

Lord spent more than 20 years tracking down and talking to, at least, 63 of the survivors of the sinking and used the information he gained to form the minute-by-minute story; and the story is written in such a way that it is very accessible to the reader (or listener) and it still regarded as one of the best and most accurate accounts of the sinking.

Like many people, I have always had an interest in Titanic and Lord's book has always been a good source of information. In fact it is regarded as one of the main sources of credible information

Lord published a follow-up book "The Night Lives on" in 1986 in the wake of Bob Ballard's announcement of his discovery of the wreck of the Titanic. The book adds a little extra to the narrative of this maritime disaster for anyone who wants a little extra information.

A Night to Remember is one of foremost sources of information about the Titanic tragedy, because it takes its information directly from the people who were there at the time, and it does not judge those who may have ... miss-remembered or adjusted some events to make themselves seem better or braver than they were. For example disc 4 track 18 gives a snippet from the testimony of one of the men who was saved and his remembrance of the events leading up to him being in a lifeboat is implausible at best. Giving the benefit of the doubt, I must point out that people will never remember things with extreme accuracy; the human mind doesn't work that way, which is why the survivors have a difference of opinion on what music the band played and whether or not she broke in half before she went down, and so on.

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I can recommend it to anyone who has an interest in what happened from the survivors' point of view, without the narrator/writer taking a position or judging the events based on what we now know.

It is strange to think that if it wasn't for this disaster we probably would not remember the name of the Titanic.
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on 17 July 2003
Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" is a shocking blow-by-blow account of the Titanic's last night at sea. Lord has researched it well, and his writing style is fantastic. It is a very sobering book, and one that everybody should read at least once.
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on 3 July 2015
Fluid, well paced and very informative, this is an excellent starting point to learn more about the titanic disaster, I'd say even those who aren't that interested in the titanic would still enjoy this boook.
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on 8 December 2016
The original and the best.
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on 4 September 2017
A good read
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on 16 February 2016
Absolutely a perfect book, details, the story and even photos, including every passengers name, I would highly recommend d this book to anyone who is interested in the titanic.
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