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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allan Wolf Narrator: Michael Page, Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, Angela Dawe, Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Allan Wolf has imagined his way deep into the cold, dark waters of history and has come back carrying a couple of dozen voices that he discovered there, voices whose authenticity is not only convincing but compelling. With the publication of this fine book, we know at last—and we know as well as sisters and brothers—some of the people who went down with the Titanic.”

    Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former US poet laureate

  • “A richly textured novel in verse…Wolf’s carefully crafted characters evolve as the voyage slides to its icy conclusion; readers may be surprised by the potency of the final impact.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A masterpiece. Wolf leaves no emotion unplumbed, no area of research uninvestigated, and his voices are so authentic they hurt. Everyone should read it.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Gives voice, through first-person accounts, to a cross section of passengers and crew on the Titanic…The themes of natural disaster, technology, social class, survival, and death all play out here.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Brings the history and, more importantly, the human scale of the event to life by giving voice to the players themselves…A lyrical, monumental work of fact and imagination that reads like an oral history revved up by the drama of the event.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gives readers an emotional punch…The facts that are revealed by the narrative are stunning, and the voices range from the desperate to the complacent…Very enthusiastically recommended.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “The ensemble narrators unfold another brilliant facet of this historical fiction gem, providing varied accents and nuances for each character. This phenomenal audio version of a stirring story should be part of all high school and public library collections.”

    School Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Five narrators help listeners keep the large cast straight as they create appropriate and distinct voices for each character. The range of accents (American, British, Norwegian, Irish, French, and Pakistani, to name a few), pitches, and tones makes the poetry and story accessible, and the way the production incorporates details like the chanting of a mail sorter and a periodic Morse Code sound effect adds verisimilitude. Dispatches from an undertaker who retrieves bodies after the accident are a continual reminder of where this story is headed, making the narrators’ jobs all the more important as they urge listeners to become invested in these characters. A weighty and compelling listen. Winner of the 2012 Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production.”


  • “Wow.”

    Junior Library Guild

  • Winner of the 2012 Audie Award for Distinguished Achievement in Production
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
  • A 2012 ALA Best Book for Young Adults for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry
  • A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Best Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leanna | 2/17/2014

    " Titanic is my favorite movie, I have read about the Titanic, watched interviews of the survivors, etc. I know pretty much everything about the Titanic. My best friend knows this and she suggested this book for me. I love how the characters are actual people that boarded the Titanic. This is a very thick book that took me a long time to read but I don't regret it for a moment. I am always looking to learn more about the Titanic and this book had facts that even I did not know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Whitney Gibson | 2/17/2014

    " Verse novel: This was my first verse novel I think. I kind of looked at it as a book of poetry that told a story. I liked the way it opened with the undertaker's voice as we are in the present after the ship has crashed so we see the death and destruction that was caused. It is kind of morbid and grim but not without reason. This is a tragic event and I am sure being an undertaker for such carnage was not easy. I like the way the sections were divided into what leg of the journey it was on. My favorite would have to be the prelude, there was so much hope and promise with this amazing ship because no one knew what lay ahead. I did not like the way the iceberg used biblical references for a time reference. It seemed unnecessary and there coild have been more valid hisstorical people and events to include. However, seeing it speak throughout the book was a nice touch. I did like the way the tone changed for each new speaker it gave them all a distinctive personality. It was actually a really good book that I enjoyed. The length was kind of daunting but it was well worth it. This was much more engaing for me than Titanic Sinks!I think the author did an amazing job "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather Perkinson | 2/12/2014

    " Absolutely phenomenal as an audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/9/2014

    " Oh my God. What an incredible book. Different voices of real people that were on the Titanic written into poetry. Ten interlocking stories altogether, from each part of the ship -- first class, second, third, crewmembers, etc. Some survive, some don't. At the end, there are real bios for each person. "

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