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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Preston Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9780739301487
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A brilliantly sunny day, and then the explosion; on what had been an ordinary weekday, there is suddenly fire, smoke, confusion, bodies, panic...

On May 7, 1915, the ocean liner Lusitania was struck by a terrifying new weapon-and became a casualty of a terrible new kind of war. This is a vivid account of the event that shocked the world; of the heyday of the luxury liner and the first days of the modern submarine; a critical chapter in the progress of World War I; and a remarkable human drama. With first-person survivor accounts and a cast of characters ranging from Winston Churchill and Alfred Vanderbilt to the crew of the German U-boat that torpedoed a ship full of civilians, this is a true tale of terror and tragedy, of heroism and miraculous survival. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating and conscientious narrative of the disaster and its consequences.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “A lively narrative…effectively written.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleah | 10/27/2013

    " Excellently told. I didn't feel like I was ready "history" at all. Mesmerizing and heart breakingly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/8/2013

    " Excellent account, told from both sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gunther Prien | 10/29/2012

    " Good book - a nice and easy to read book. The way it's written has kept my attention. It's also objective too - something I like to see in 'World War' books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse | 10/22/2012

    " Very detailed account of the sinking of the Lusitania and how it helped bring the US into WWI "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 2/18/2012

    " Very informative.Gives reality to the myths surrounding the sinking and the politics involved in the aftermath of the tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriele Wills | 11/15/2011

    " This is such a gripping and detailed account of the Lusitania's fatal voyage that you can almost feel the icy waters of the Irish Sea. Getting to know some of the people who were aboard makes the story even more tragic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Converse | 10/23/2011

    " Account of the May 1915 torpedoing of the liner and the politics involved. Many accounts from participants "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/14/2011

    " 1915 the Lusitania is sunk by Germans, killing 1200 people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/9/2011

    " Very informative.Gives reality to the myths surrounding the sinking and the politics involved in the aftermath of the tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nya | 12/20/2010

    " A fascinating story but bogged down by too much detail. Sometimes we don't need to know everything. It would have been a better read at 2/3 the length. Fine for an academioc audience, but I think most general readers will get lost or give up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Converse | 3/31/2010

    " Account of the May 1915 torpedoing of the liner and the politics involved. Many accounts from participants
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriele | 3/27/2009

    " This is such a gripping and detailed account of the Lusitania's fatal voyage that you can almost feel the icy waters of the Irish Sea. Getting to know some of the people who were aboard makes the story even more tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleah | 8/2/2008

    " Excellently told. I didn't feel like I was ready "history" at all. Mesmerizing and heart breakingly sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse | 7/28/2007

    " Very detailed account of the sinking of the Lusitania and how it helped bring the US into WWI "

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About the Author
Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of, among other works, The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the ‘45 Rebellion, and A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole.
About the Narrator

Anne Twomey is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, To Grandmother’s House We Go, and Nuts, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Her many television appearances include guest roles on Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, and the Christopher Reeves’ movie-of-the-week Rear Window. She has also appeared in the films Picture Perfect and Orpheus Descending.