The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2011
10 hours 11 minutes
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope—twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.

Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ('the unsinkable Molly') Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker's reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.
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Scarlett G

This book was amazing and I see no reason not to give it 5 stars. I decided to read it because I'm always intrigued by anything Titanic, but I wasn't sure if I was going to like the poetry/verse. But I loved it! It was not difficult to read in any way, in fact I think it made the story stand out more. There were some very profound lines, knowing what's going to happen. My favorite from the book was probably this one from the perspective of the captian: "I cannot imagine my career, uneventful as it is ever inspiring poets to turn their attention to E.J. Smith. What would they say? It would not make for very good reading." What the author said in his author's note is really true, each character's humanity and personality really came through. It's incredible to think that each character in this book was a real person, some survived, some didn't, but every person on Titanic had a story. While of course the author had to embellish some because not everything can be known, every "fiction" was based on history, and all of this is made clear in the character notes at the end. The audio book was also excellent in portraying this with different voices for each character. Even if you are deterred by the poetry aspect, don't let it stop you from reading this! It was profound, emotional, and on top of that a really entertaining read!

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Elizabeth Gore

The narration adds such depth to this beautiful story!!

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