Titanic voices from the disaster

by Hopkinson, Deborah.

Format: Book on CD 2012
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD 910.91 Hop
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Audio Books
Call Number  j CD 910.91 Hop
Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Audiobooks JUV-A HIST-FIC TITANIC
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Audiobooks
Deborah Hopkinson brings to life the story of the Titanic by bringing together the experiences of the ship's survivors as well as accounts from those who came to aid passengers.
EARLY MORNING ON APRIL 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic , on her glorious maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Thus the ship declared to be unsinkable was lost in one of the most infamous tragedies in history. Even now, a century later, the events surrounding the Titanic continue to haunt and intrigue us.

Critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices of Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster to bring the horrors of that terrible night to life. There's nine-year-old Frankie Goldsmith; Violet Jessop, a young stewardess; Jack Thayer, an American high school senior; Colonel Archibald Gracie, a well-to-do gentleman; William Murdoch, a brave seaman; Charlotte Collyer, a young mother on her way to start a new life; and many others. Their recollections are filled with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, and fascinating historical details.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This sturdy synthesis of the events leading up to, during, and following the Titanic disaster is, like other books of its kind, a model of minute-by-minute reconstruction. What gives Hopkinson's effort a unique flavor is her almost exclusive use of the recollections of survivors as her source material, giving the tale we know so well a grittier, far less mythic feel. Legends are dispelled (the third class was not held back by locked gates) and little-known opinions are voiced (a head-on collision with the iceberg may have been preferable to the sideswipe). The prose can be a bit pat at times, and though some poetic license is taken ( Looking at photographs, it's almost as if one can still hear the rustle of satin dresses ), the firsthand recollections have an immediate feel particularly during the moments when each person first realizes the ship is beginning to list. Back matter, meanwhile, is exemplary: detailed bios, survivor letters, a time line, facts and figures, wreckage reports, lifeboat launching sequences, and excellent source notes are only some of what researchers will find waiting for them.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hopkinson puts a human face on the Titanic's sinking in this riveting nonfiction chronicle of the ship's collision with an iceberg and the tragic aftermath. She threads together the stories of many passengers and crew members, focusing on a handful of survivors that includes an Argentine-born stewardess, a rambunctious nine-year-old British boy, a science teacher from England, and an American teenager traveling with his parents. The author quotes these four and others freely, their voices forming a deeply intimate account of the tragedy. Hopkinson packs her thoroughly researched story with a wealth of information about the ship itself (this book is an invaluable resource for students), and her portraits of the shipmates are fully realized and often heartbreaking. Chapters detailing the sinking, the scramble for lifeboats, and the harrowing wait for the Carpathia's arrival are fast-paced and riveting. Photos of the ship, the (purported) iceberg, telegrams sent to and from the Titanic, and of the survivors' rescue add significant context and amplify the immediacy of the drama. Ages 8-12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Titanic (Steamship) -- Juvenile literature.
Titanic (Steamship)
Shipwrecks -- North Atlantic Ocean -- Juvenile literature.
Shipwrecks -- North Atlantic Ocean.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York :Listening Library/Random House Audio,2012
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Bramhall, Mark, narrator.
Altschuler, Peter, narrator.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Mark Bramhall, Peter Altschuler, and others.
Language English
Notes Title from web page.
Compact discs.
Duration: ca. 4:55:00.
Description 4 audio discs (4 hr., 55 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780385361538
9780449015056 :
044901505X :
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