Titanic: A Survivor's Story

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Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912, one of the most traumatic events in maritime history. In this unique first-hand account of the disaster, he describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic, painting a vivid picture of what it was like on board the Titanic in its final hours. Tracking down other survivors for their stories and attending court hearings to obtain the official record, ...

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Overview

Archibald Gracie was probably among the last to leave the sinking Titanic on that cold April night in 1912, one of the most traumatic events in maritime history. In this unique first-hand account of the disaster, he describes his personal experiences and remarkable escape from death in the icy waters of the Atlantic, painting a vivid picture of what it was like on board the Titanic in its final hours. Tracking down other survivors for their stories and attending court hearings to obtain the official record, Colonel Gracie filled in the details of his account, struggling to complete it in spite of illness.

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Library Journal
Fascination with the sinking of the Titanic still runs high, as indeed it has since 1912, so this firsthand account is a good addition to any collection. It is sometimes excruciatingly detailed, but this very elegantly written narrative by a man who actually did sink with the ship (he was later hauled into a lifeboat) is often riveting. The reading by Frederick Davidson is almost annoyingly matter-of-fact and even singsong, recounting horrific sights and sounds in an offhand manner that does not really suit the material, but this can be overcome by the listener's imagination, well-fueled by Gracie's descriptions. The book ends quite abruptly; Gracie died the following December from the effects of his ordeal and did not get a chance to write his planned summary. Titanic buffs will love this on-the-spot reporting; others will also find much to enjoy and ponder. Recommended for all general collections.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY
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"...a definitive account..."
Philadelphia Enquirer
"Sometimes amazingly priggish, at others unwittingly funny, the colonel was also possessed of a fierce tenacity, a sturdy kind of dignity and a feeling of controlled outrage at what he thougt was gross negligence."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441743800
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I read this book thinking I knew alot about the sinking of this

    I read this book thinking I knew alot about the sinking of this ship but I knew little! This book provides a great perspective

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    The most adventures book ever!

    This book really touched me and made me think of what actually happened on 'The Day of The Titanic Sank.' I wouldn't know what to do, like if I was going to er see my family again or see another day.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Wonderful book

    It is a good book for kids because im a kid. I am only 10 years old I read this book thinking that I was going to read one page and never read it ever,ever again. But I like this book sooo much that my parents have to say GET OFF YOUR NOOK!! Love this book and theres 175 pages in the book!!! Love always,Jaylee Elmer

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Great selection for an online bookstore. Both the site online and the store are places that I could spend a lot of time and money (if I had it).

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    ?

    Am i too young if im 12 to read this... im a strong reader

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Awesome!

    The titanic is so cool! I feel so bad for those who didn't survive. The titanic is an inspiring story. I also totally recommend the movie with leonardo de caprio or whatever his name is and anyway i am a total die-hard fan of his. Awesome book.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Maggie

    Sounds like a good book! Can't wait to buy!

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    I thought it would be different...

    I couldn't finish this book. I absolutely LOVE non-fiction books and reading about real life events, but this book was awful! It is very rare for me to not finish something I started, but after 100 pages of this, I couldn't do it. It was very repetitive and boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Amazing read!

    A must read for anyone interested in a first hand account of the sinking. Goes into emotional and spiritual accounts. Mr Gracie describes his descent with the Titanic and his miraculous survival. Best Titanic acciunt I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    I really liked it

    Its really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    OK

    Its kinda boring + long. Why is it so long?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Question

    Is it a good book tobread at a 7th to 8th grade level?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Doglover123

    I would have loved to b on thebtitanic if it haddent sinked and if i was even born yet!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    O Good book

    But awsome movie

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Who ever wrote rea this....

    You need serious help with your grammer.
    - kaila

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    REA THIS

    H was a horrifi event on he history o the united tates. I feel realy srtrongly about that you should rea ty boo because it tels a lot avou the sip and excatly how it sankk so read the book

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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