Only a vestige remains of the men and women that but a moment before quickened her spacious apartments with human hopes and passions, sorrows, and joys. Upon that broken hull new vows were taken, new fealty expressed, old love renewed, and those who had been devoted in friendship and companions in life went proudly and defiantly on the last life pilgrimage together. In such a heritage we must feel ourselves more intimately related to the sea than ever before, and henceforth it will send back to us on its rising tide the cheering salutations from those we have lost. - Senator William A. Smith, Chairman of the Subcommittee appointed for the United States Senate Inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, the largest ship in the world, hit an iceberg, setting in motion a chain of events that would ultimately make it history´s most famous, and notorious, ship. In the century since it sank on its maiden voyage, the Titanic has been the subject of endless fascination, as evidenced by the efforts to find its final resting spot, the museums full of its objects, and the countless books, documentaries, and movies made about the doomed ocean liner. Thanks to the undying interest in the story, millions of people are familiar with various aspects of the ship´s demise. The sinking of the ship is still nearly as controversial now as it was over 100 years ago, and the drama is just as compelling. Naturally, the intense interest in the Titanic also meant that there would be great efforts made to locate the wreck. In fact, the first searches for the wreck began in the days after the giant ship went down, but given how far down it sank to the floor of the Atlantic and the fact that the ship had inaccurately transmitted its location shortly before it sank, initial efforts were doomed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Gagnepain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036731/bk_acx0_036731_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eyewitness to Titanic:From Building the Great Ship to the Search for Its Watery Grave Terri Dougherty
TV actor, producer, and screenwriter Valentine Palmer sets out to write the definitive account of the Titanic’s sinking. As the 100th anniversary of the fateful night approaches, Palmer follows up innumerable conflicting stories and theories that still, to this day, surround the doomed liner. Charles Herbert Lightoller, Palmer’s great uncle, was the highest-ranking surviving officer from the disaster. It was only after the great man’s death in 1952 that his sister, Gertrude, Palmer’s eccentric grandmother, began to hint to her young grandson of the contradictory accounts of both her brother’s supposed heroism and his suspect testimonies at the investigations into the sinking. Palmer’s grandmother doesn’t accuse Joseph Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line, in so many words. Rather, she chooses to address her grandson in riddles, which have taken him a lifetime to interpret. This, Grandma Gertrude hints, is the man who made her brother ´´an offer he couldn’t refuse´´! In-depth research by a number of parties over the past 100 years reveals that something was not quite right about the testimonies of both Ismay and Lightoller. Britain’s preparation for possible war with Germany, tales of gold and priceless treasures aboard the doomed liner and a possible insurance fraud of unimaginable complexity are just some of the mysteries and possible conspiracies that Palmer seeks to shed new light on in this fascinating book. With dogged determination he works his way through the revelations of his great aunt, Lightoller’s widow, and his maternal grandmother’s hints of cover-ups at the highest level. Palmer’s searches take him through the maze of conflicting testimonies and reported conversations from survivors. His task becomes ever more daunting as he sees the truth, like his great uncle’s honour, become increasingly shrouded in the mists of time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valentine Palmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000383/bk_copy_000383_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Titanic cult armies wage campaigns of galactic conquest in their fanatical search for wealth, dominance, glory, and truth. Forces from two of the largest cults have descended upon a formerly peaceful planet and laid waste to everything before them. Jacobite Knights in battle armor stalk the battlefields looking for insight and glory as multitudes of Synarchist legions destroy everything in their path in a holy mission to kill or convert all of humanity. The city of Parmesh has been ravaged by siege, and all that remains of the defenders is a ragtag brigade of stalwart marines who fight a bitter resistance against the two cult armies. The marines are in a race against time to evacuate the remaining civilian refugees, even as they scavenge for supplies and wage desperate war. Out of the chaos of battle a stranger appears, armed and dangerous and yet hunted by champions of both cults. If this new warrior is friend or foe remains to be seen. There is no choice but to fight on. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Glennon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080585/bk_acx0_080585_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many. Genetically sculpted to drive a mech-suit as if he wears a second skin, he must find a path to victory. It´s a battle in which he´ll never admit defeat, but not even Straker knows the dark truth behind this titanic struggle. With Lieutenant Carla Engels piloting, Starship Liberator explores enemy territory in search of answers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Boyett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030216/bk_adbl_030216_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the chaos aboard the sinking Titanic, Mair Parsons is separated from her infant daughter, Catherine, and her travelling companion and future mother-in-law, Ethel Jenkins. The disaster changes all their lives. During her repatriation to Britain, Mair has time to reassess her life and knows that before she can find happiness she must find the truth about her absent mother, even if it means leaving her beloved Wales and Catherine behind. Her search takes her to London where she becomes a Nightingale Nurse at St Thomas’s hospital and meets the exciting doctor Andrew Baxter. With new love and a new career, can she be truly happy? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Cater. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001849/bk_isis_001849_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.