Fascinating story. I like the way the same story is told many times from different points of view. Way more detail than I wanted in several cases. I don't care what everybody had for lunch. Not my favorite reader, but I liked him better for this book than I usually do.
Wonderful read, I skipped the audio due to my dislike of the narrator.
Bibliokrisp's summary is "spot on." As usual Larson does a masterful job of weaving multiple stories until they finally come together. And I found the narrator well suited to the story.
The book is fantastic and difficult to put down. The narration is a bit spotty--the French accents weren't consistent and the Americans always sounded like they were from Texas and were ignorant. Shame on the narrator's prejudices--I expect more subtle/expert narration with Erik Larsen's books. Listen to "In the Garden of the Beasts" for another great book and much better narration.
This book is primarily about the sinking of the Lusitania but the author brings in information about shipping in 1915, the captain of the Lusitania, the code-breaking of Room 40 (British Naval Intelligence), President Wilson's personal life, details about U-Boats, and more. This is the 1st WW1 book I've read that gave me a clear picture of this time and how the US got into the war. Larson also does a superior job telling the stories of many Lusitania passengers, making them memorable and taking the reader into that person's experience as the Lusitania sank (only 18 minutes from the time the German torpedo struck). If you enjoy history, this is worth your time.
If you enjoy history and life recounted during that time, you will love the details; they add to the charm. We enjoyed the narration. Sad when the CD's were completed. Top marks.
I listened to the audio book, and I didn't like the narrator, so that colours my review, but OMG!! - the minutia! Detailing the colour and pattern of someone's socks, the contents on a suitcase, the number of plants in the dinning room, and how many cigars a person brought on board! Would have been far more interesting - an shorter - if the author would have cut out the extraneous details. 11 CDs, but the ship isn't even torpedoed until disc 9.
Really a good book. Lots of history about the passengers and crew on the Lusitania and the captain of the sub that sunk it. Also includes some history about WWI and the politics involved in the US, Britain and Germany. Well written.
Very interesting and well told.
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