“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So many interesting details about the people on that ship and their legacies. A must read for any Titaniac.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So many interesting details about the people on that ship and their legacies. A must read for any Titaniac.”Jen H wrote this review Friday, September 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good description of the many people who traveled on the ill-fated Titanic.”Mrs. K wrote this review Friday, May 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. In addition to the book, I saw the film in 3D as well and it was interesting to see that much of Cameron's material was fairly accurate. Most striking was the obstinacy of Captain Smith, who continued to push the ship's speed even with ice warnings. The moral dilemma of the passengers on the lifeboats, who feared that they would be swamped if they returned to rescue survivors was one of the most vexing difficulties faced by people in a disaster. ”Kos66 wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked the layout of the book and how he told the stories of all classes and workmen on the ship. The hardest chapter was the last chapter dealing with the aftermath of the disaster. I'd like to know how more of those left behind dealt with their lives and what happened to them.”Sheila G wrote this review Wednesday, April 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Catching upon the events as the 100th anniversary approaches this weekend. From a safety perspective, this is a good reminder of why we need to plan for the worst, even as we pray for the best.”sfreeman wrote this review Tuesday, April 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As the hundredth anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking draws near, a flurry of new books have been released on the subject. This one appealed to me because it was an exploration of the individuals on board, an emotional journey, not a cold study listing people simply as numbers and consigning what happened to just another incident in human history. Reading letters that passengers has posted from Queenstown, just before the Titanic entered the open Atlantic, was especially poignant, especially those from third-class sons who were letting their parents know that they loved and missed them, but were intent on making a better life in America. To know that so many dreams, that so many families and children and hopes and wishes, were crushed and frozen on April 15, 1912, was heartbreaking. What ultimately mattered in the catastrophe were the passengers, not the demise of the liner. Mourning the loss of luxury is nothing. Mourning those who were taken through no fault of their own is much harder. ”Alethea wrote this review Monday, April 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Now that the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is almost here, I've had the blessed opportunity to be able to review some incredible new books out about the disaster. One such incredible book is called, Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines.
In this historical non fiction book, Richard takes the readers some place most books have never gone, in depth into the back stories behind everything you've ever wanted to know regarding the Titanic, those who built her and sailed on that fateful voyage. He introduces you to the first, second and third class passengers as if you meet each of the people he describes in detail. From what the menu consisted of, to what they did for entertainment on each of the class decks and most interestingly, where the iceberg may have originated from.
While most books that you'll have an opportunity to read on the sinking of the Titanic will often give you an overview of what happened that night and how she inevitably sank, this one brings to life all the souls she lost and even those who survived that night. While did the California not respond to her distress messages, why would a seasoned Captain ignore the warning of an iceberg, how did Margaret Brown become so friendly with John Jacob Astor IV, one of the richest men on board, how much did the tickets cost that separated each class from one another, and were second and third class passengers really prevented from escaping aboard the lifeboats as James Cameron depicted in his movie? All these amazing questions are answered in this book along with so much more, that if you are a Titanic fan yourself or know of someone who is, this is the perfect book!
Discover what some people died with as they departed the Titanic, what some considered most valuable to them; learn how Titanic was built and what precautions were considered in her building to address three vital factors ship builders at the time had to address; what did Margaret Brown do before she became a wealthy woman; why did the Titanic not have enough lifeboats on board; what items were brought on board the Titanic by all the classes of people; how did fate play a role in people who chose to cancel their tickets and didn't die on the Titanic; why didn't some people when told to get into a lifeboat, instead went back their rooms even though the ship was clearly taking on water?
I received Voyagers of the Titanic compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins publishers for my honest review and thoroughly enjoyed reading about this fated ship from beginning to the very end. Being a huge fan of history and the Titanic, I enjoyed reading about Margaret Brown and John Jacob Astor's unique connection as well as chapters dividing into each class of passengers; from whom they were, how much they paid, what their accommodations were like, what they ate, and what happened when each learned that the ship had hit an iceberg, what did it sound like where they were and so much, much more! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and plan to re-read this one again and again. There is even a section of photos that takes the reader back to the ship almost a hundred years ago. ”
“I read an advanced reader's copy. I found all the information about the people who boarded the Titanic extremely interesting and found chapter on the sinking extremely interesting. I like that it didn't just focus on the wealthy but devoted attention to the second and third class passengers as well. ”Erin F wrote this review Saturday, December 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No