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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
The Band That Played On
I read this book at one go and I must say that the research work done in writing it was phenomenal. Not only are the musicians dealt with in depth, about their past and achievements but also the theories about the sinking of the Titanic are discussed and various angles explored. In addition to the writing, there are numerous photos and sketches to hold one's attention.
This is a great book for all ages and inspires us with the hope that we can all be heroes.
posted by Chhaya on May 16, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
There are times I felt like the story was meandering too much off course. But all those information that seemed excessive at first proved to be useful in better understanding the personality of each of the members of the band who hoped to inspire calm and courage in the passenger's lives even at the expense of their own. It also showed how these men's death has affected their families as well as the whole world's view of many things, including its own core values. A fascinating, informative read, that could use a little nitpicky editing, but has truly told the gist of the inspiring tale of these men who died fulfilling every musician's dream of inspiring the world with their music.
posted by meowth2011 on May 20, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
nice idea poorly carried out
I think that this book suffers from too much research. Going back to the birth places of those musicians and following the family movements house by house was a little much since I have no idea where those places are. The drama of the sacrifice that these men made was lost in the details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2012
Well written, but not that interesting a topic.
Steve Turner writes well and has done extensive research. I suppose if you're a history buff with a deep interest in music, you'll find the book appealing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I found myself skipping many pages to get to the points of excitement and conflict.
While the author did his job admirably, I felt like the material could have been covered in a magazine article.