She was built and marketed as unsinkable. A grander ship you would not have found. To be aboard her on this maiden voyage was privilege for the 2,207 passengers aboard, no matter if you were first class or steerage, you knew you were experiencing history in the making.
If only they had known how true that would be…
As she sped across the dark waters one cool April evening no one knew what was about to happen, and when it did happen….
“Iceberg right ahead!”
… no one thought it would do the damage it did. But once the damage was done, The Titanic in all her glory sunk quickly. A Night To Remember is the true minute by minute account of what happened after the Titanic struck ice, how some people reacted with an honor that is unmatched to this day, giving their lives… and yet other people brought out the ugliest side of humanity, and greed, and the instinct to survive, no matter what the cost.
Why did I want to listen to this audio? I am a history buff when it comes to all things to do with the Titanic. The whole tragedy from start to finish mesmerizes me today; the band playing on as the ship sank, the people of what was referred to as lesser class not given the rights to try to survive as the upper class was. Heart wrenching, heartbreaking, and I want to know their stories.
In 1898, 14 years before the Titanic sailed, a book was written called The Wreck Of The Titan. The ship, according to the book, was unsinkable. This fictitious ship was sailing the North Atlantic in April when it struck an iceberg 400 miles from Newfoundland, causing it to sink. There were not enough life boats for the people on board…
As told in the opening of A Night To Remember
A Night To Remember is as accurate a recap as I have ever heard as to what happened that fateful April night in 1912. It’s easy to understand that 100 years later, movies are still bring produced and books are still being written about one of the greatest tragedies of the sea.
Narrated by Martin Jarvis and 5 hours and 4 minutes long, this book is read at a wonderful pace filled with facts brought forth by those who lived to tell the story. While listening you will hear the conversations that took place after the ship was hit, the concerns over belongings, and of some – who were not concerned at all… hero’s and villains…
I was amazed at how close what I was hearing was to how the Titanic movie was made, all the way down to the large Irish man who fought to have the steerage women be released to have a chance to save themselves. Many of the lines from this book/audio, were also used in the movie,
Listening to this audio was at times painful when I thought of all the lives that were senselessly lost. In the end, it is told that the Whitestar Line never did have a policy for such an emergency, the crew made it up as they went along… in the panic that unfolded they did the best they could under that extreme amount of pressure. Many things changed after that fateful night:
Never again did a ship sail without enough life boats to accommodate ALL on board. Assignments and directions to lifeboats are now stated in each stateroom.
All passengers were created equal, no matter what their class in an emergency.
ALL iceberg warnings were taken seriously.
Every steamship carrying over 100 passengers must now carry two electric search lights
Walter Lord published this book in 1955, a classic that any Titanic follower must have in their collection.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Titanic and its final night, this is an audio book I highly recommend. This one definitely goes on my keeper shelf.
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Thank you to Audio Jukebox for sending me this incredible audio for review!