The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Read by Allyson Hester

(4 stars; 35 reviews)

This is a detailed and accurate account of the most awful marine disaster in history, constructed from the real facts as obtained from those on board who survived ( (7 hr 51 min)


Chapter 1 12:03 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 2 and 3 22:27 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 4 and 5 28:45 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 6 32:54 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 7 31:39 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 8 and 9 35:40 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 10 18:10 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 11 18:32 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 12, part 1 32:53 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 12, part 2 26:23 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 13 and 14 20:36 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 15, 16 and 17 25:42 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 18 and 19 24:08 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 20 17:27 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 21 and 22 25:04 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 23, 24 and 25 25:18 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapters 26 and 27 24:03 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 28 13:04 Read by Allyson Hester
Chapter 29 36:21 Read by Allyson Hester


A top job Allyson.

(5 stars)

Allyson Hester does a more than competent job with this interesting but aged text. As an Australian I had some difficulty at first with her strong Southern accent. However, this soon became immaterial as the book proceeded. A top job!

A good nmatch of reader and book

(5 stars)

Ms. Hester’s constant joie de vivre and total self-confidence, flowing as though from an untroubled life, superbly match the assumed intent of the editor, Logan Marshall, and presumably that of his readers in 1912. She thereby presents this piece in its original form and spirit, which is good for the listeners in an historical sense, though certainly not an attitude that would pass unquestioned in modern times, a hundred years hence. It is that contrast that most attracts me to this book. The piece begins with a recitation of Christian virtues, one assumes socially-compulsory in those times, and continues with confident references to hymns and prayers to God and the assertion that everyone aboard exhibited the “utmost heroism”. In addition, we have the unquestioning, unexamined, reference to concepts such as a “noble death”, the exhortation to “die as a man for manhood’s sake” (on pain of immediate execution by “bullet”), the supposed ethical rule of “women and children first” etc. More than as a factual history, I appreciate this piece for its presentation of the ethics and expectations of a century ago, in contrast (?) to our own era. All but the final three sections are specifically of the Titanic. The “and sea disaster” portion begins at section 17, which do not contain any “other sea disasters” but rather discuss current technology and propose new procedures at sea. Few ships names and nautical terms are used, so Ms. Hester’s unfamiliarity in that area do not detract from the overall appreciation of the piece.

interesting multiple POVs

(4 stars)

the reader does a nice job, thanks for volunteering. the book first runs through the entire story of launch, accident, saving, and landing at port. then it goes back through giving statements of individuals telling events from their point of view. i find all titanic movies, documentaries, and books SO moving and heart wrenching. it just makes you wish you had time traveling abilities. one thing i hate in this writer is the statement that all were equals in the lifeboats and there was no distinction of class. we know this to be false and were know the terrors of those in lower decks who were prevented from coming up. the disaster of the titanic had many faults and if so many things had been done differently then far fewers lives would have been lost. this book does a good job of searching through accounts to point out all the things that could have been done differently to prevent the disaster.

All Hands On Deck For This Audiobook

(5 stars)

This is a must hear! On April 14 & 15 or any day of the year. This is a lesson in human "pig-headedness" against Mother Nature--and you know who can win almost every time. Lose yourself in this reading and travel back to that very day,the exact moment. I am glad I am in my cozy bed and not in the water. Kudos to the reader and the compiler of the data. Amazing!!

An interesting examination of gender roles

(4 stars)

Other reviewers have pointed this out, but the thing I found fascinating about the book is the way that men are trapped in the role of those who must die, and women are trapped in a role of such utter passivity that they are considered heroic if they lift a finger to row the lifeboats.


(3.5 stars)

Very entertaining with only a few reader-volunteer rough spots. The most comical has to be Google-y Elmo Mar-kaw-nee for Guglielmo Marconi.

(3 stars)

The tone of the narrator was inconsistent with the content.

I can't finish

(2 stars)

Although many laud this reader, I am sickened by her aloof reading style. in parts she sounds as if she is holding back laughter. This isn't a joke book. it is an account of the final moments of people's lives. I can't imagine someone detailing the ejects of September 11th, 2001 in such a happy-go-lucky manner.