The Watch That Ends the Night

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Allan Wolf

Narrated By: Various Readers

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: November 2011

Duration: 10 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

More than two thousand men, women, and children are on board. Here on the first-class promenade is millionaire John Jacob Astor, who hopes his return from Egypt with his pregnant teen bride will invite a minimum of media attention. And here, in the third-class common room, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers first love. And there in the distance, shrouded in darkness, an ancient iceberg lies patient, awaiting its encounter. The voices in this wholly unique re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to Captain E.J. Smith, 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 fools with money to lose. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker's reports, and other historic records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse into the lives of two dozen passengers and crew, told with astounding emotional power. Advance Praise "How do you tell a dramatic story when you know that everyone already knows the ending? Allan Wolf has combined meticulous research with open-hearted poetry to craft the story of the Titanic in a fresh and compelling way. A remarkable accomplishment." - ;Helen Frost, author of Crossing Stones and Hidden "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, former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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  • Scarlett G

    This book was amazing and I see no reason not to give it 5 stars. I decided to read it because I'm always intrigued by anything Titanic, but I wasn't sure if I was going to like the poetry/verse. But I loved it! It was not difficult to read in any way, in fact I think it made the story stand out more. There were some very profound lines, knowing what's going to happen. My favorite from the book was probably this one from the perspective of the captian: "I cannot imagine my career, uneventful as it is ever inspiring poets to turn their attention to E.J. Smith. What would they say? It would not make for very good reading." What the author said in his author's note is really true, each character's humanity and personality really came through. It's incredible to think that each character in this book was a real person, some survived, some didn't, but every person on Titanic had a story. While of course the author had to embellish some because not everything can be known, every "fiction" was based on history, and all of this is made clear in the character notes at the end. The audio book was also excellent in portraying this with different voices for each character. Even if you are deterred by the poetry aspect, don't let it stop you from reading this! It was profound, emotional, and on top of that a really entertaining read!

  • Elizabeth Gore

    The narration adds such depth to this beautiful story!!