The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era Audiobook, by Gareth Russell Play Audiobook Sample

The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era Audiobook

The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era Audiobook, by Gareth Russell Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jenny Funnell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508296720

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Longest Chapter Length:

64:56 minutes

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41 seconds

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32:51 minutes

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In this original and meticulously researched narrative history, the author of the “stunning” (The Sunday Times) Young and Damned and Fair uses the sinking of the Titanic as a prism through which to examine the end of the Edwardian era and the seismic shift modernity brought to the Anglo-American world.

In April 1912, six notable people were among those privileged to experience the height of luxury—first class passage on “the ship of dreams,” the RMS Titanic: Lucy Leslie, Countess of Rothes; son of the British Empire, Tommy Andrews; American captain of industry John Thayer and his son Jack; Jewish-American immigrant Ida Straus; and American model and movie star Dorothy Gibson. Within a week of setting sail, they were all caught up in the horrifying disaster of the Titanic’s sinking, one of the biggest news stories of the century. Today, we can see their stories and the Titanic’s voyage as the beginning of the end of the established hierarchy of the Edwardian era.

Writing in his elegant signature prose and using previously unpublished sources, deck plans, journal entries, and surviving artifacts, Gareth Russell peers through the portholes of these first-class travelers to immerse us in a time of unprecedented change in British and American history. Through their intertwining lives, he examines social, technological, political, and economic forces such as the nuances of the British class system, the explosion of competition in the shipping trade, the birth of the movie industry, the Irish Home Rule Crisis, and the Jewish-American immigrant experience while also recounting their intimate stories of bravery, tragedy, and selflessness.

Masterful in its superb grasp of the forces of history, gripping in its moment-by-moment account of the sinking, and revelatory in discounting long-held myths, this absorbing, accessible, and authoritative account of the Titanic’s life and death is destined to become the definitive book on the subject.

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“Gareth Russell has chosen a handful of passengers on the doomed liner and, by training a spotlight on every detail of their lives, he has given us a meticulous, sensitive, and at times harsh picture of the early twentieth century in Britain and America. A marvelous piece of work.”

— Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey and New York Times bestselling author 


  • “Deeply researched and lushly detailed, The Ship of Dreams shines new light on both the bygone Golden Age and the iconic tragedy that marked the beginning of its end.”

    — Lynn Vincent, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This masterly reconstruction renders the Titanic story vital again.”

    — Mail on Sunday (London)
  • “Vivid, thrilling…an extraordinary story of human courage.”

    — Times Literary Supplement (London)
  • “Examines the rapidly changing world of the Edwardian upper classes and shows how their privilege ‘left many of them unaware or indifferent to the coming danger until it was too late.’"

    — Irish Times (Dublin)

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About Gareth Russell

Gareth Russell was educated at Oxford University and Queens University, Belfast. He is a historian, novelist, and playwright. He is the author of The Ship of Dreams, Young and Damned and Fair, The Emperor, and An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors.

About Jenny Funnell

Jenny Funnell is a British actress whose film and television credits include As Time Goes By, Dark Souls, Doctors, Coronation Street, and many others.