• A Night to Remember

  • The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic
  • By: Walter Lord
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (295 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

One hundred years ago, the mightiest "unsinkable" ship began her maiden voyage to cross the Atlantic. An engineering feat 11 stories high, the Titanic contained a list of passengers collectively worth $250 million when she left port on April 10, 1912, but she would never reach her destination. The Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, and 1,500 people died in the freezing waters as the ship met her watery grave. Spectacular in many ways, it's a story that has spurred legends and still sends shivers down the spine a century later. This minute-by-minute account of the sinking is based on over 20 years of research and offers amazing detail of that fateful night.

Read by Martin Jarvis, it's a riveting account of one of the world's biggest maritime disasters and the behavior of the passengers and crew. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this audiobook brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of listeners.

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A gripping story grounded in historical fact

This book brings you right into the deck of the Titanic in the days leading up to and after the night she sank. Highly recommended for any Titanic buff or history lover!

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Brief and brilliant

Brief account of the few hours surrounding the sinking. Martin Jarvis’ narration makes it that much better.

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an excellent account.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the book to anyone who really wants to relive the ship's last night.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the interesting things I learned about the time period such as the class system on the ship that no longer exists today. I was also interested to find out why there had been so little life boat storage on the ship.

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

Jarvis's performance was excellent. When you want to listen to someone read an account like this, I would recommend Jarvis as a perfect narrator for historical accounts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction to the book was sadness for all those lost at sea. I also think that ship builders should now think twice before they declare a ship unsinkable based on what this book tells us.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to another Walter Lord account on the Titanic titled the night lives on. This book is not posted on audible, but you can read this in print. I have the cassette edition. Yes, I still have a cassette player. Even though these books are the same in most respects, the night lives on delves into some of the myths surrounding the ship in greater detail rather then just posing the questions. I would strongly recommend reading this account as well. This I think is better then watching the hit movie from 1997. If you don't care for the love story in the film, the account I have mentioned along with this book are well worth your time.

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good book!

I loved it...good story line and it's understandable! I will definitely keep this book and choosing another one!

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A new listen for a new year.

I very much enjoyed the book in all its parts. I felt like I was transported to the unfortunate ship and witnessing the tragedy as it was going on. If you're interested in titanic lore and tired of James Cameron's iconic version, I'd recommend this.

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  • 12-07-20

Wow.

Great story, unfortunate event. I appreciated the perspectives from the rescue efforts of the other ships. I also enjoyed how the author glued the contexts in a coherent manner.

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worthwhile listen

A very enjoyable listen of a difficult topic. The narration fits the story beautifully. would recommend

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Enjoyable, interesting.

I listened to it one day. I really enjoyed hearing about the event in such detail and from different people's experiences and perspectives. I also appreciated hearing about what happened afterwards. Narrator was very good.

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Grand Excitement

This is the story of the Titanic's sinking told by the people who were there. The story can be heard over and over again and it never gets old. The narrator is a delight to listen to.

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  • Andrew Chadwick
  • 06-28-20

Fantastic!

Listened to this because I'm a massive fan of the 1958 movie that this book is based on' Boy was I not disappointed this book has everything that the 1997 James Cameron movie didn't have which was non stop action from when the story starts right untill the end' Anothen big plus for this book is all the true facts that I learned and that I didn't even know myself'' And all this without anybody having to add a cheesy love story which wasn't needed (Sorry mr Camaron) Plus the reader of this book does a fantastic job, Will deffo be keeping this book in my library and will defo be enjoying it for many many years to come 10 out of 10 !!!

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  • Katie
  • 01-06-17

just incredible

taking an unbiased and generally non sensationalised account of times and people and delicately out into time line... the stories speak for themselves

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  • S. Morris
  • 09-20-20

A Concise & Well Written Account

I have recently been on a bit of a Titanic reading spree and had read two books prior to deciding to get this one. Perhaps the main reason I didn't opt for this one first was that I believe it was the oldest of the books I had read so far and I thought that alone was a reason to not select it first. Despite being written by the highly knowledgable and a Titanic historian, Walter Lord, I incorrectly thought this might be a less detailed or accurate account of the Titanic story. While it's true that we are adding to our knowledge of the wreck all the time over a series of expeditions in the years since this book was written, it doesn't affect the primary source material covered so concisely in this book. I found this book to be the best I've read, so far, in terms of a timeline of events as witnessed by various people onboard. It clearly states where each person was at specific points during the sinking of the famous liner and I found this to offer a clear and much more concise treatment of the personal accounts. For example, in none of the prior two books I've read did I understand how the life boats were numbered. This simple bit of information made understanding the whereabouts and on which side of the ship various events to place. It baffles me as to how other books I've read have failed to explain this simple thing. Interestingly, this comprehensive telling of the story of the disaster did miss some people. Mention was actually made of Alfred White, a man in the dynamo room at the time of the sinking and yet fails to tell us his story which was a harrowing one. It's possible Lord did not have access to other survivor accounts at the time he wrote this book. In the book 'Farewell, Titanic' it is mentioned just how little time between the report of 'Ice berg! Right Ahead!' and the impact was but didn't quantify this. Lord does in this older book and gives the period of time as a scant 37 seconds. Narration is provided by Martin Jarvis, a very familiar name to British listeners, who does an excellent job here and is able to render multiple accents when reading personal accounts which lends an air of greater realism to the survivor accounts. Jarvis doesn't overdo this, it comes across well. I would recommend anyone delving into the Titanic story for the first time too read this one first. It really does offer a very comprehensive account of the sinking and places the listener in the thick of the disaster. it is written in a neat, flowing narrative that is easy to understand and digest and so is a great starting point for any Titanic novices.

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  • Tierney Roberts
  • 06-10-20

A classic

Fantastic book, gripping throughout and beautifully narrated. A must read for anyone interested in the Titanic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

Fascinating read

If you enjoy historical tales with lots of interesting asides you will feel that your investment was a good one. Martin Jarvis, the narrator, brings to life this fascinating tale in a very enjoyable and very English way. He tells a story in a very understated manner and you don’t get lots of silly voices, but you very much get the character of the person who is describing a particular moment. All in all a great historical tale told by a professional narrator.