Titanic on Trial

The Night the Titanic Sank, Told Through the Testimonies of Her Passengers and Crew
Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
Length: 9 hrs
Categories: History, 20th Century
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April 15, 2012, marked 100 years since the Titanic sank. Since that fateful night, stories about the sinking have become legendary - how the band played to the end, how lifeboats were lowered half-empty - but amongst the films, novels and academic arguments, only those who were there can separate truth from fiction. After the sinking, inquiries into the loss of 1,517 lives (out of 2,223 aboard) were held in both the UK and US. The proceedings produced 1,000 pages of transcripts. Some of the testimonies were inevitably less than impartial, but as a whole the transcripts represent the most thorough and complete account of the sinking, told in the voices of those who were there.

For the first time these transcripts have been specially edited and arranged chronologically, so that they tell the story of the Titanic's sinking as a narrative, rather than a list of questions and answers in a courtroom. The witnesses are transformed into characters in a much bigger story, and the events are described from different perspectives of people in every part of the ship, from a stoker in the boiler room escaping his section before the water tight doors sealed behind him, to first class passengers trying to buy their way onto lifeboats. Capturing the disbelief, the chaos and the terror of the disaster, this unique book brings to life the tragedy through the voices of those who survived it.

©2012 Nic Compton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Different way of presenting the story

There won't be anything new to discover in this for those who are intimately familiar with Titanic's story, but this is nevertheless a different way of telling it. Taken from first hand accounts, it presents the same events from different witnesses in chronological order, so that rather than hearing one witness' story all the way through, you hear different moments told from many different view points at the same time. This involves jumping back and forth between different witness' accounts, and will make parts of it seem unnecessarily repetitive. The advantage of this approach however is that you get to understand how different people interpreted differently the same events as someone else.

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  • David Darrell
  • 01-24-19

Poor narration of an excellent book

Fascinating and insightful book, but the narrator’s poor and at times strange pronunciations are distracting

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  • Terry
  • 10-05-16

very good listen

very good book to listen to. Amazing detail. Very happy with this listen. 5 stars

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  • Stuart
  • 04-21-15

Interesting for Titanic buffs

Good extracts from the inquiry transcript but narration may need a bit of patience to listen to in its entirety.

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  • mrs c l chamberlain
  • 07-09-19

Unbelievable

Would highly recommend this audio book. If you love titanic you will be amazed by the inquiry and what really happened to the passengers and crew. Not like the film this is real life heart felt accounts from the passengers and crew from first stepping onto the ship to the end. I discovered things that I didn’t know before and how everyone helped each other regardless of class. Why some boats had less people in them. How they believed rescue was close to hand and how some people just didn’t understand the urgency of leaving the ship. Such a tragedy with no one person at fault but a catalogue of misjudgement and understanding. I found this audio book easy to dip in and out off.

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  • C. Hamilton-welsh
  • 10-26-17

really interesting

i have read and seen most things titanic but this brings a much closer version through the statements of those who lived through the disaster. interesting to hear what happened to them too. highly recommended

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  • Ang mcq
  • 06-19-16

Enjoyed.

really good audio book. Enjoyed all the background stories of the people on the titanic. very interesting and informative.

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