Wednesday, May 30, 2012
#ArmchairAudie Review Post 4 and my Winning Choice
THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT: Voices from the Titanic
Read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, Angela Dawe
(Brilliance Audio/ Candlewick)Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.
Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to the captain 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 marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.
This was a wonderful surprise. I had a hard time not picturing the faces of the people in the movie Titanic when there were similar things happening in this story. It really did play out like a movie in my head.
I think the most surprising part for me was the variety of voices the audio brings out. It not only has a view point from the humans on the ship. From the Captain, to the workers, both men and women. But it also includes the voices of a mouse scurrying through the underbelly of the boat, and the poetic views of the iceberg itself.
With the variation from the different characters and their stories it really keeps a pretty quick pacing to the story.
There is a good balance between time the reader gets to know the characters that by the time the tragic event happens, you can relate emotionally with each of them.
As far as overall production and the voices, the readers connection with the story and the characters this audio gets my vote for best multi-voiced audio production.