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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Lord Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1955 ISBN: 9781482973754
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Over one hundred years ago, the mightiest “unsinkable” ship began her maiden voyage to cross the Atlantic. An engineering feat eleven stories high, the Titanic contained a list of passengers collectively worth $250 million when she left port on April 10, 1912, but she would never reach her destination. The Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, and 1,500 people died in the freezing waters as the ship met her watery grave.

Spectacular in many ways, it’s a story that has spurred legends and still sends shivers down the spine a century later. This minute-by-minute account of the sinking is based on over twenty years of research, and offers amazing detail of that fateful night. Read by Martin Jarvis, it’s a riveting account of one of the world’s biggest maritime disasters and the behavior of the passengers and crew.

Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this audiobook brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of listeners.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, was the best book about a disaster I had ever read.”

    David McCullough

  • “Stunning…one of the most exciting books of this or any year.”

    New York Times

  • “Seamless and skillful…it’s clear why this is many a researcher’s Titanic bible.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A magnificent job of re-creative chronicling, enthralling from the first word to the last.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “This classic study of the unsinkable Titanic still packs an emotional wallop. Of course, we know what’s going to happen, but the pleasure here is in the telling and the anticipation created by the author’s minute-by-minute account of the doomed ship. What could make this story even better? How about a terrific narrator who has a classically trained English voice that not only lends élan to the book but also heightens the tension and adds expert pacing? Check off all of those boxes, as Martin Jarvis fits the bill with talent to spare. Jarvis alternates his reading to match the text, ranging from a learned professor informing us of a historical event to a breathlessly excited observer drawing us into the story. It’s a must-read. “

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Warren | 2/19/2014

    " I don't know what it is about the Titanic...I know how the story is going to end, and it's not going to change no matter how many books I read about it. This book is great because it gives information that was not necessarily given in the news accounts. You really get a feel for what happened in those 55 minutes and how the unsinkable, actually sunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 2/19/2014

    " Great insight, so much information, facts and names. I really need to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/19/2014

    " This is an interesting historical document, written in 1955 about the sinking of the Titanic. The author had the advantage of being able to interview survivors and include their quotes, but the information is relayed in such a dry fashion that there's not much emotion to be found. I got the most choked up when reading about the rescue preparations on the Carpathia, not when anyone was actually drowning. I'm glad I read it, but now I want to find a more in depth book about the tragedy. Or maybe I don't. That would probably make me feel angry and sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/18/2014

    " One of the most classic books on the Titanic sinking, and its easy to see why. The author had the benefit of being able to interview the actual passengers and their families, thus getting the stories told by people who experienced it firsthand. A well-rounded look at the night the Titanic sank - not just what happened on the ship itself, but what was happening on the ships nearby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Phillip | 2/16/2014

    " If you ever wanted a companion book for the movie "Titanic," this is it. The movie drew heavily from this book, both facts and themes. It is a quick read and I enjoyed its pace and style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana Hasper | 2/14/2014

    " In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 1/31/2014

    " Obviously, the 101st anniversary of the greatest maritime disaster is quickly approaching. So clearly, to prepare for the event I had to read this book. Nearly sixty years later A Night to Remember remains the most definitive account of the sinking of the Titanic. I haven't read any other Titanic nonfiction literature so I can't compare it to anything. BUT I will say that this book read better than some historical fiction books I have read. Walter Lord really did his research. Readers are able to get the whole picture of the sinking through a jigsaw of vignettes about 63 survivors. I was wholly consumed by this book and my thoughts constantly drifted back to Titanic on my breaks from reading (i.e. work and spending time with friends and family). What I really liked about this book was that it was really all about the people and what they experienced. That for me is what I have a hard time dragging my mind away from. What would it have been like? This book answers that. It's all about the people. I continue to be drawn to all things Titanic like a moth to a flame and this book on fed fuel to that fire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bullsEye-aka-Kent | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book every year or so. Amazing stories that make you remember how sudden your life can be changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Granath | 1/22/2014

    " A book that doesn't transcend its pageturningness, but maybe it doesn't have to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Broadhurst | 1/11/2014

    " Well written, detailed account of the sinking of the Titanic. A bit polemic and hyperbolic on the sinking being the turning point of societal change on the global landscape, but overall still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/11/2014

    " The Titanic addict in me really enjoyed this book. Even a few things I didn't know before including some popular myths that this account dispelled. Also enjoyed the style of the author with the in depth reports of various survivors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/3/2014

    " Wondered whether the author Walter Lord was related to the captain Lord of the California, who didn't respond quick enough to the rescue call?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/2/2014

    " The definitive primer on the Titanic. Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aziz | 12/30/2013

    " This was probably the most descriptive book I have ever read. This made it a challenge for me to read it because sometimes this book would go on for pages and pages of descriptions of little noises. It was drew me in on many occasions where I did not want to stop reading , but it had very very dull moments when it bored me to sleep. This book was about the titanic ,starting from about when it started to sink all the way to when the California and the Carpaithia came to rescue the people alive. This book was very interesting because it had no main characters . It had many sub characters , I felt as if it was hard to have any character development . It is a very interesting way of writing a book but I found many of the characters unneeded , but this way of writing definitely kept me asking questions about what happened afterwards to these characters who were left kind of "unfinished " . This book was very moving to me. It was intense when it needed to be . Although I would never want a read a book with no real main character again , I really enjoyed this book ,but note that it may take a while to read because it is a very slow developing book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book as a child. When the Titanic movie came out, I compared it to this and the movie came up lacking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 12/16/2013

    " A read this a few years ago. It gives very elaborate and precise accounts of passengers of the Titanic and has a clear and concise plot. I loved it a lot, and not just because I'm obsessed with Titanic !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 12/12/2013

    " A great, quick read if you like history. All about the last night on the Titanic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Burke | 11/21/2013

    " A fascinating first hand account of the sinking of the Titantic. Must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/20/2013

    " This is a clear, concise account of a tragedy that even 100 years later fascinates. Read this with The Other Side of Night by Daniel Allen Butler for an eye-opening double feature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 11/20/2013

    " A truly amazing book, especially the last third. I wonder how the a similar situation would be handled today. Would the "women and children first" command even be issued? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/15/2013

    " Picked this up as a Kindle special, since the only history of the Titanic I know came from that truly awful 1997 movie. A very quick read. A good first hand account of what probably happened, as Lord interviewed living survivors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E G | 11/11/2013

    " it was cheap on the kindle, and better than i thought it would be (quick read) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 11/3/2013

    " Very Sad, but a very descriptive story. Mr. Lord absolutely did his homework. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 10/22/2013

    " Well worth reading - compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/6/2013

    " This is an easy yet educational read. The author does a great job of assembling a story out of numerous testimonies and records about the ship, its passengers, and its rescuers. I certainly learned more than I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 10/2/2013

    " This is required reading for anyone who has even a remote interest in the Titanic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 9/6/2013

    " This was an interesting account of the night of the sinking of the titanic. The people involved, the activity and rememberances from that fateful night. I found it very compelling and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 9/4/2013

    " Interesting read, a lot of little things that are not as well known from real interviews with survivors. I found it fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacquie Bryant | 8/30/2013

    " an expository novel from hundreds of interviews of survivors. had to read this for school, it's okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne Woodward | 8/16/2013

    " The straight story, told simply and directly. Really amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/16/2013

    " This book really holds up! I first read as a 5th grader and again at almost 30. It is a sad tale that really shows class discrimination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linwe | 4/13/2013

    " Meticulous research and well written account of the disaster. Very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Johnson | 3/5/2013

    " A very detailed account on the tragic sinking of the Titanic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 12/1/2012

    " It's easy to forget how exciting this book was, now when we know much more about the sinking of the Titanic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Cowan | 11/11/2012

    " thorough and entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly A | 8/30/2012

    " This book was overall very good. It describes the fatal catastrophe of the Titanic very well, it makes you feel as if you're really there! I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the the sinking of the Titanic, and everything that happened in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 6/26/2012

    " The whole time I was reading this book, I just kept thinking of the massive research that must've gone into it. WOW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Hart | 6/16/2012

    " I found this poignant but fascinating - all the small details of where people were, what they did and said. Interesting to have some memories from the Carpathia and some social context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah "Mir" | 6/5/2012

    " Not everyone's cup of tea but an excellent collection of survivor accounts. I really appreciated the included passenger list at the end of the book. It really puts the events into perspective because the numbers actually have names. It dawns that they were actual lives that were lost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eugenie | 5/17/2012

    " It was a little clogged by too much detail, but it got the point across about all the things that had to happen to sink the Titanic. A very informed and carefully researched book which captures as close as possible what it was like to be there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 4/25/2012

    " This book was very interesting, because it included many different experiences of people on the Titanic.I loved learning about the people, and it gave me a lot of specific details during the Titanic sinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 4/19/2012

    " It's clear why this is a classic. Eminently readable, and spellbinding, all in a straightforward, non-sentimental style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Atkins | 4/18/2012

    " Great book. Enjoyed reading about the people of the Titanic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 3/23/2012

    " Sad, heartwrenching, inferiorating, shocking, and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/5/2012

    " Still one of the best and most readable accounts of the Titanic disaster. Also the source of my favorite Titanic movie - with the same name. I finished reading this book on the morning of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sailing from Southampton . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/28/2012

    " Great story of what happened the night the Titanic sunk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/17/2011

    " I thought this was a novel when I picked it up, but it's actually long-form journalism. It was interesting to see how many survivors the author was able to find and how events fit together from so many different point of views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Wilson | 8/9/2011

    " A very good little book for Titanic buffs. Brings to life the night the liner went down, with good, brief character studies. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/10/2011

    " What I know about the Titanic I learned from the movie Titanic.... so this was a good "fill in the gaps" type of book as well as, was the movie accurate? Very good and informative. I listened to it on CD while commuting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/24/2011

    " A must-read for any Titanic fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/1/2011

    " Vivid account of of the Titanic's demise. Far better way to experience the event than "Titanic". The movie versaion is better too. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/16/2011

    " I read this book years ago as a young student. It was my first lesson of the Titanic disaster. This book is well written and absorbing to read. Best of all, it started me on a quest to learn all i could of the maritime disaster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Halla Bird | 5/11/2011

    " Amaising!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassa | 5/3/2011

    " I read this, I know I did. God only knows when, and if I enjoyed it. So it gets a generic three stars and note to try it again sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2011

    " If I remember correctly, this was published 1958ish and is still considered one of the most accurate accounts of the disaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anusha | 3/9/2011

    " a heart wrenching story about the sinking of titanic.......walter lord gives us all the details and also maintains fast pace without boring the reader and at the same time evoking sympathy and a sense of helplessness within the reader...very few readers can do so ......must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mélissa | 2/21/2011

    " Le drame raconté dans les moindre détails! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/17/2011

    " This is required reading for anyone who has even a remote interest in the Titanic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/17/2011

    " This is required reading for anyone who has even a remote interest in the Titanic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 1/6/2011

    " Sad, heartwrenching, inferiorating, shocking, and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 1/6/2011

    " Sad, heartwrenching, inferiorating, shocking, and a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/3/2011

    " After seeing Titantic on TV recently, I was curious to read this book and I found it to be so well written. Though published in 1955, the book has a very contemporary feel, not dated at all. Lord does a remarkable job of bringing the people, the atmosphere and the disaster to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/10/2010

    " Considered one of the best stories about the sinking of the Titanic. Not a large book but tightly written about the doomed ship's only voyage and its collision with an iceberg. A "must-read" book for all readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 11/14/2010

    " It was much better reading this book a second time. I think that I retained mkore of the names of minor characters. It proves the point that some non-fiction books are exiting. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Lord

Walter Lord (1917–2002), American author of numerous nonfiction books, was a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, served in the OSS during World War II, and became an editor and advertising copywriter. He is known for his book A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, and he served as consultant in the making of the movie Titanic.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.