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Titanic

The Most Complete Story Ever Told
Narrated by: Gary Johnston
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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It has been 100 years since the Titanic sank. Well-researched and thorough, Titanic: The Most Complete Story Ever Told gives an accurate and up-to-date account of every aspect of the Titanic saga, from its inception and construction to its more recent discovery. Vollbrect explores the impact of the Titanic on society and culture, examines what has changed since Titanic was built, and speaks to the question of whether a similar disaster could ever happen again. Written in an informal and approachable style, Titanic: The Most Complete Story Ever Told is appropriate for anyone interested in the subject, including young listeners. The audio version of this title includes exclusive bonus content, including period-accurate music, special notes from the author, and a complete interview with a cruise-line employee.

©2012 Matthew Vollbrecht (P)2012 Matthew Vollbrecht

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So What is with the music????

Fascinating and extremely frustrating this is one of the best Titanic books I've ever heard or read and I've read a lot. The details, the colors of things, the incredible descriptions are just really wonderful! However music appears randomly all but obliterating the narrator's voice. What's up with that???? Get rid of the music! Huge chunks of this book are drowned out by the music. It appears randomly and has no relation at all that I can see to the story. Huge chunks of this book that I would really like to hear I couldn't, all I could hear was unrelated irritating music.

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  • Columbia Pete
  • 24-07-12

Interesting story of the Titanic

What did you love best about Titanic?

It was a retelling of the story of the sinking of the Titanic and the aftermath of the tragedy. While it states this is the "most complete story ever told" I didn't find anything new or earth shattering in the story.

What did you like best about this story?

It seemed accurate and did have some details that were interesting such as the telegraph operator's failure to alert the bridge about the ice and the burial of the bodies at sea and in Halifax.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the ship sinking was very well done.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Titanic!

Any additional comments?

At the end of the book there was an interview with someone who worked on a cruise ship. I began listening but it had nothing to do with the Titanic. I actually listened to this book while on a cruise from Boston to Halifax and being on a cruise ship helped me envision what it might have been on the Titanic. I was also able to visit the graves of the 120 victims, some unknowns, who are buired in Halifax, NS.

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  • S. R. Schwankert
  • 02-01-19

The author should stay off the recording

This is a superb, comprehensive history of RMS Titanic, better than Walter Lord’s “A Night to Remember” for its detail. As an audiobook, the author’s appearances in the main text are unnecessary and detract from the overall performance. While the question and answer after the main text is helpful and interesting, the informal interview that is the last hour of the recording adds nothing except runtime. This may be a better paper read than audiobook. In either form, it is recommended.