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Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From | [Richard Davenport-Hines]

Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—100 years of infamy.
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Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—100 years of infamy.

Of the 2,240 people aboard the ship, 1,517 perished either by drowning or by freezing to death in the frigid North Atlantic waters. What followed the disaster was tantamount to a worldwide outpouring of grief: In New York, Paris, London, and other major cities, people lined the streets and crowded around the offices of the White Star Line, the Titanic’s shipping company, to inquire for news of their loved ones and for details about the lives of some of the famous people of their time.

While many accounts of the Titanic’s voyage focus on the technical or mechanical aspects of why the ship sank, Voyagers of the Titanic follows the stories of the men, women, and children whose lives intersected on the vessel’s fateful last day, covering the full range of first, second, and third class­—from plutocrats and captains of industry to cobblers and tailors looking for a better life in America.

Richard Davenport-Hines delves into the fascinating lives of those who ate, drank, reveled, dreamed, and died aboard the mythic ship: from John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest person on board, whose comportment that night was subject to speculation and gossip for years after the event, to Archibald Butt, the much-beloved military aide to Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, who died helping others into the Titanic’s few lifeboats. With magnificent prose, Voyagers of the Titanic also brings to life the untold stories of the ship’s middle and third classes—clergymen, teachers, hoteliers, engineers, shopkeepers, counterjumpers, and clerks—each of whom had a story that not only illuminates the fascinating ship but also the times in which it sailed. In addition, Davenport-Hines explores the fascinating politics behind the Titanic’s creation, which involved larger-than-life figures such as J. P. Morgan, the ship’s owner, and Lord Pirrie, the ship’s builder.

The memory of this tragedy still remains a part of the American psyche and Voyagers of the Titanic brings that clear night back to us with all of its drama and pathos.

©2012 Richard Davenport-Hines (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Terry Draper, UT, United States 12-21-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Voyagers of the Titanic the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to the accounts of peoples lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    What happened after the wreck was very interesting, The way the press handled the situation. The brokenhearted people waiting to see if their relatives, their loved ones, the ones that meant more than anything to those waiting on shore, had survived.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it start to finish over a couple of days.


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    Jennifer MCKINNEY, TX, United States 08-09-12
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    Would you try another book from Richard Davenport-Hines and/or Robin Sachs?

    No No and NO


    What could Richard Davenport-Hines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no idea! I couldn't even finish it I kept falling asleep listening to it


    What didn’t you like about Robin Sachs’s performance?

    he didn't even seem to enjoy the story. He spoke in a monatone voice the entire time making the words just seem to drag on and on.


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    Just disappointment


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    I would only recommend this book to someone who has a hard time sleeping at night. No medication help needed just plug this in. Don't know what else to say just aweful and sadly I haven't been able to return it to get something else.

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    This was an interesting read particularly for history or Titanic buffs. Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. I zipped through it on fast speed.

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