It was well written and the subject of the book was interesting to me. I just couldn't get past that author presumed to write about dying peoples last thoughts and actions in a way that he could not possibly have known about.
The book is a non-fictional account of the lives of a selected group of the survivors. All of them very deeply effected by the experience, some of them so much that it changed the entire course of their lives. A few were unable to cope and committed suicide. Some of them did not leave notes. However the author described the dying thoughts and actions of several people as if he had been there and was privy to their last thoughts. This really bothered me. It bothered me a lot. I felt like the author was being disrespectful to the people he was writing about. These were real people! He didn't even write any kind of disclaimer that explained why he decided he had the right to co-opt their last minutes. And then as a result of that I had another issue. How much credence can you give to anything in the book once you feel the author did at least part of his research in thin air. Otherwise I would have rated it at least four stars.
The fascination with Titanic survivors lived on until the last one's death. Oddly, no tragedy drew such attention, likely because of the glamour of the ship and wealth of its passengers. The collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, for instance, garnered much attention, but I doubt that it's survivors will be tracked so diligently.
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disappointment. glad i didn't buy it to either fall asleep or hold my interest on a 4 hr flight.
In 1912, 1500 people lost their lives when the ship sunk, mostly due to hypothermia in the seas of the North Atlantic. Now listeners of this story of the survivors, are at risk of a slower death...by boredom! The way the story is stretched out is akin to saying to an author,
"Here is the basic story of Cinderella. Now stretch it into a
10 -volume set!".
I think the premise is interesting, as you wonder what happened years later to people who have survived a disaster. How did it affect them? How did they cope? But the author has dragged some simple stories on..and on...and on..
I do find it quite useful however, when it put my earphones in at night, as generally, when I start listening to the story, I'm asleep within 10 minutes.
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It was not a bad book overall, some parts were better than others – some very interesting, some boring… but I would recommend: “Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From” by Richard Davenport-Hines instead.
When I read that book, I was riveted by the “after stories” chapters; what happened when the Carpathia returned to New York and the eventual fate of the survivors etc so I wanted a book that would explore that part of the Titanic story in more detail. While this book did cover that time period and beyond, it was not as interesting as I had hoped.
Still. I can’t complain - it wasn’t bad, yet I would not go all the way and agree that it’s The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived… but then again, The Mediocre Stories of Those Who Survived would not sell very well would it!!!
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This is a somewhat interesting volume, good for casual listening while one is occupied with something else. Not to imply the narrator has an irritating or sleep-inducing tone, but in combination with the general tone of the content, I found the narrator's style perfect as a little voice to lull me to sleep much like a comforting radio program. Often it seemed that this was the volume that was used to shape James Cameron's 1997 movie. All in all there is not much revealed in comparison to the movie - a small handful of portraits of Titanic victims that are portrayed with some interesting detail. In fact for me, this book gave me great appreciation for Cameron's masterful compilation of detail in his writing of the movie script. If this was your first telling of the story of the Titanic, you would probably be moved with greater emotion for what these passengers and survivors suffered. But I'm guessing that many of us have almost put this frequently told story into a fictional category. Actors in this tale are often portrayed as sullen tragic victims or spoiled rich who connive for their means of survival. I wasn't able to form any emotional connection to these unfortunate souls. There is something of great interest in the first chapter, in the author's full descriptions - but I wouldn't want to tell and spoil it for you if you did choose to listen to this one. I'd be interested to know what you think.
Frankly, this is one of those books I put aside. I haven't listened to the last 2 chapters yet and don't know that I will. Such a sad and tragic story, but generally speaking, we all know how it ends.