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Voices from the Titanic: The Epic Story of the Tragedy from the People Who Were There

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  31 reviews
This is the graphic, first-hand story of the maiden voyage and disastrous sinkingof the RMS Titanic, told by the survivors themselves. The story of the sinkingof the great liner has been told countless times since that fateful night on April14, 1912, by historians, novelists, and film producers alike, but no account is asgraphic or revealing as those from the people who we ...more
Published January 1st 2012
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Dawn Livingston
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Nahiyan Asadullah
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
There could be no second opinion about the significance of eye-witness accounts, be it the biggest maritime disaster in human history or be it anything else.

Being a Titanic-buff, I can tell you that most books, written on the topic, don't exactly quote or narrate authentic stories. As with historic events, much of it are romanticized. However, this was pretty different from the others in that one will find eye-witness accounts and such from authentic sources.

Having said that, there's another bi
Pamela Patterson
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
First hand accounts of a tragedy that still generates as much interest as it did on April 15, 1912.
Vicky Thomasson
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
A heartfelt story about the Titanic with much of the narrative being first hand accounts of the survivors.

Although I found this book completely heartbreaking, I found at times reading very similar accounts over and over again took away some of the meaning as (awful as this sounds) I began to get a bit bored of it. However, as the book contained so many first hand accounts I could really get a sense of how emotional and scary it was. I found it extremely sad how so many lives could have been save
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was very interesting to read, the papers and affidavits from the inquiry made it all seem so very real. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have to leave your loved ones behind, yet to have had the belief that they too would survive, when this was highly unlikely. The sheer scale of constraint shown by the individuals involved was incredible, as was the staunch belief that the ship was invincible and that it could and would never sink. It would be fair to say that I doubt very m ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
A Wonderful and Important book containing personal anthologies of the disaster from a number of fascinating perspectives. Although I agree with some of the other reviewers that the repetitiveness of some of the accounts led me to skip pages at times. Nonetheless each individual account deserves to be recorded, and here it is done.

After reading this book I watched 'A Night to Remember' and was pleased to see that many of the first-hand accounts of events were honoured in the film. I recommend bot
Amy Appleby
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
A very in depth book about the Titanic, the sinking and the subsequent inquiries. Many of the accounts are very moving especially as they come from the survivors themselves. My only problem with the book is that it seems to have been put together without any thought to the structure which makes it feel like it's a chore to get to the end. I think it's one for dipping into every now and again as apposed to reading it all the way through. I don't think this is the definitive book on the Titanic. I ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite hard going at times but felt obliged to read all the personal statements in honour of each person. The enquiry reports were insightful. Brings a reality to a well known story and puts a human face to the stories told.
I've read another book that is a more objective view and the mix of the two books has given me a much better understanding.
Michelle Belcher
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
A harrowing book detailing the tragedy of the Titanic. Repetitive throughout and I did find myself skipping large chunks. However, the lifeboat stories were fascinating and my heart went out to all on board the doomed ship. We all know the Titanic story thanks to countless films etc but this gave a little more insight into what actually happened that night.
Laura Adkins
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was an emotional read. actually reading the real eyewitness accounts before during and after the sinking of those that were there and how the press reported it all at the time really makes it feel more real. what these people went through and how brave they were is really amazing.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I cried a lot and I had to take it slow and take breaks or I think this book would have depressed me way too much but I loved it anyway. The story told in the words and accounts of people who were actually there was the best way to read the story and it was very well edited
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking for something like this all my life! Real Accounts of what happened to the most tragic event in history (For me) are compiled and surprisingly turned into one big book of love, hope, sadness, drama, and of course, tragedy.

Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. Looks like the film depicted the events of the evening very closely which is good to know. There's a certain amount of repetition in the book where the same events are told by different people but I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Titanic.
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Probably good for historians, but reading essentially the same stories over and over again with only slight variations doesn't make for entertaining reading. Seems like a book that was hastily slapped together with no thought toward narrative or structure.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly informative read, from survivors stories to newspaper articles on all the tragic events at the time. It was very interesting reading all the heartbreaking stories of the survivors so many of who lost loved one was
Emmalynn Herbstritt
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I really only liked the people's stories,that's it though. I skipped all of the front section of the story and moved to chapter three. I then skipped most of the last part. It did get boring when I wasn't reading the stories.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I read most of the book, but it was very repetitive and more of a collection of historical accounts. It was nothing special, and the book was very disorganized. I do not recommend this book unless you really don't mind reading hundreds of first-hand accounts.
Fiona Howells
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of the world's greatest stories, has kept the world fascinated for 100 years.
This collection of accounts - meh.
Mollie Westhead
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a wonderful read.I would recommend it to anyone who is interested about reading about the Titanic as I do and loved finding out things I hadn't known.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once I got thru the technical stuff ... Brilliant!
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting first hand accounts, although after awhile it got to be the same old same old tales.
Carl Smith
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very detailed account of the Titanic disaster. The stories are heartbreaking but what stood out for me was the heroics of the women. They rarely complained and helped with the rowing when some of the men refused. And the behaviour of some of the men pushing women out of the way to get into the lifeboats was so revolting that some had to be threatened with death in order to behave. Of course the behaviour of a few of the men, shouldn't take away the heroic men who willingly helped women and chi ...more
Claire Lancaster
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
'Voices From The Titantic' is an honest, heartfelt account of the Titantic disaster told by the people who were on board the ship on that dreadful day. One of the problems with this book however is that it is very repetitive which can make reading it and getting to the end a chore. I found myself reading over and over again almost identical stories which began to bore me rather than interest me. There is no denying that this is a tragic and moving story but I found the book could have been cut s ...more
Tazzie Dee
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former journalist Tibballs researched & collected first hand stories from the passengers & crew of the ill fated RMS Titanic & brought them all together to make this book for the 100th anniversary of the sinking. And bravo Mr. Tibballs. I thought you did an amazing job. This is one of the best books I have ever read!
Sue D.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The people stories were most interesting and I would give that part 4 stars. I found the rest to be repetitious and statistical....
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
A. Kuhlii
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Lord's A night to remember is much better.
David Ridgeway
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book...although it was very sad to read the accountanof people that were on the ship.

Colleen Lawrence
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A thorough, if at times harrowing series of first hand accounts of the Titanic, it's sinking and the aftermath.
Jul 25, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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