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Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Lawrence Beesley

Narrated By: Michael Scott

Publisher: Thought Audio

Date: May 2006

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes


This account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic was written by Lawrence Beesley and was first published in 1912. The interesting element is that Lawrence Beesley was a survivor of the Titanic disaster and provides a realistic account of some of the events leading to and following the sinking of the Titanic. The RMS Titanic was an Olympic class passenger liner that became infamous for its collision with an iceberg and dramatic sinking in 1912. The second of a trio of superliners, she and her sisters, Olympic and Britannic, were designed to provide a three-ship weekly express service and dominate the transatlantic travel business for the White Star Line.[1] Built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time of her sinking. During Titanic's maiden voyage (from Southampton, England; to Cherbourg, France; Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland; then New York), she struck an iceberg at 11:40 PM (ship's time) on Sunday evening April 14, 1912, broke into two pieces, and sank two hours and forty minutes later at 2:20 AM Monday morning.

According to the US Senate investigation, 1,523 people perished in the accident, ranking it as one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history and by far the most famous. Titanic's design used some of the most advanced technology available at the time and the ship was popularly believed to be "unsinkable". It was a great shock that, despite the advanced technology and experienced crew, Titanic sank with a great loss of life. The media frenzy about Titanic's famous victims, the legends about what happened on board the ship, the resulting changes to maritime law, and the discovery of the wreck in 1985 by a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel have made Titanic persistently famous in the years since. This account by a survivor of the Titanic disaster was first published in 1912.


  • Steven L.

    Tells a totally different story than the ones you’ve always heard. Such flowery language they used back then...they paint a wonderfully vivid picture. Way better than the dees dems and dozes we use today.

  • Azzanea A

    It's a good listen, the narrator did well. It's another good insight to hear from the survivor's own accord of what happened on the Titanic. I was surprise of how calm everything was and differed from what we see in the movies. Can't imagine being there when it happened. Props to the crew that maintained the safeboats efficiently and condolences to all who have lost their lives that night.

  • Pamela F

    Interesting recount

  • Cas S

    Great to hear a version different to the movies. Enlightening . We enjoyed it.

  • Lloyd Soss

    I felt like I was there when it had happened and was l not scary

  • Todd Mcilwaine

    it made me feel like I was there the narrator was speaking like Lawrence Beesley

  • vernon lowpasser

    Fascinating account of the very tragic event. Greatly narrated and we'll told. I received chills as if I were actually there.

  • Elizabeth Pedersen

    Any fascinated with the tragic tale of this once majestic ship will enjoy this short account.

  • Troy Saxxon

    As told in copious detail by a survivor of this epic tragedy, this beautifully written, utterly chilling account of the Titanic's final hours made me feel as if I'd lived through the experience myself. Mesmerizing from beginning to end.


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Titanic, Lawrence Beesley