Sounds Like Titanic

A Memoir
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician - or so she thinks.

When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group "performs", the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she "plays" for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake.

Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.

©2019 Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Wonderful. Fantastic. Heartwarming. Inspiring.

I love this book. I’ve listened to many parts multiple times. Jessica Hindman has a warm and gracious heart. She touches on so many issues that are typically difficult to navigate but she does so with a delicate touch. I’m a new fan.

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Chicagogirl

Ugh, this was our book club pick. It was everything I could do just to make myself get thru it. Like fingernails on a chalkboard. I thought it was so ‘whiney’.