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Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic (Kindle Single)
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Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Kaye
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When the Titanic started sinking, who would make it off alive? The two cousins who had been so eager to see their first iceberg? The maid who desperately tried to escape with the baby in her care? The young newlyweds who’d booked passage despite warnings not to?

One hundred years after that disastrous and emblematic voyage, Elizabeth Kaye reveals the extraordinary, little-known story behind one of the first lifeboats to leave the doomed ship.

Told in real time and in the actual voices of survivors, Kaye’s poignant, pulse-pounding narrative includes the story of the Countess of Rothes, the wealthiest woman on the ship, bound for California, where she and her husband planned to start an orange farm. It was the Countess, dressed in ermine and pearls, who took command of Lifeboat No. 8, rowing for hours through the black and icy water. In the words of one of the Titanic’s crew, she was “more of a man than any we have on board.”

At the heart of Kaye’s tale is a budding romance between the Countess’s maid, Roberta Maioni, and the Titanic’s valiant wireless operator, Jack Phillips. While Roberta made it safely onto Lifeboat No. 8, holding nothing but a photo of Jack she had run back to her cabin to retrieve, he remained on the ship, where he would send out the world’s first SOS signal. But would it be received in time to save his life?

Surviving that fateful night in the North Atlantic was not the end of the saga for those aboard Lifeboat No 8. Kaye reveals what happened to each passenger and crew member and how the legendary maritime disaster haunted them forever.
A century later, we’re still captivated by the Titanic and its passengers. With its skillful use of survivors’ letters, diaries, and testimonies, “Lifeboat No. 8” adds a dramatic new chapter to the ongoing story.

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A longtime contributor to “Esquire,” “Rolling Stone,” and “The New York Times,” Elizabeth Kaye is the author of “Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark” and “Ain’t No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty,” as well as the bestselling Byliner Original “Sleeping with Famous Men.”

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc. (April 26 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LBD71A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lifeboat No. 8: .....surviving the Titanic March 1 2014
By Solara
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What a wonderful story - fancy a walking stick savings the lives of the people on Lifeboat No. 8 - amazing..... I have recommended this story to many people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Factual account of Titanic disaster July 2 2013
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I found the book to be very interesting...the author has researched the background stories of many of the passengers and brings the whole story to life - and death - effectively!
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more than just history March 22 2012
By S. Richards - Published on
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This is not a random-feeling survey of cold facts. With this kindle single, the author skillfully relays history as if she actually had been there during those times, as if she personally knew all those involved. Kaye has the natural ability to tell you about events and, more importantly, about the people affected by those events. It's history told in an intimate way and with a very personal voice.

By looking deeper at certain passengers on board, at their lives during the moments just before the disaster and even years after it, the author adds a personal feeling to this tragedy. Yes, it is historically accurate, but by layering facts with immediacy and emotion, this story goes beyond being a date and an event and becomes something real for us even today, not just something that happened long ago.

Closing in on the 100th anniversary of Titanic's sinking, we all know about the mistakes made and the resulting great loss of life, all the cold hard facts, but this narrative details real people and real moments of courage and regret, putting the reader right there at that moment and time, making you feel very much a part of that history. At around 730 locations, this is nice, substantial read for a single, a sad but interesting read that is well-written by someone who you can tell loves words and history and the lives affected by that history.
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Short Read April 16 2012
By M. M. Goddard - Published on
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This book was an informative read on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Ms. Kaye places the reader in the life boat for an incredible experience. However, there was a huge flaw in the book which is why I could only give it three stars: the figures of the survivors after the sinking of the Titanic were abysmally inaccurate. Ms. Kaye's statistics infer that almost 80% of the crew survived which gives the reader a gross misconception that the crew saved themselves over the passengers. For those who choose to read this well-written account of Life Boat No. 8, please keep in mind these are the correct statistics: Total Passengers = 1316; Total Passengers Survived = 498 (37%); Total Crew = 913; Total Crew Survived = 215 (23%).
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Read!! March 21 2012
By Peggy - Published on
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I am a Titanic fanatic -- have been since my long-ago childhood. Finding a new book that breaths life into the final moments on the "Great Ship" is a wondrous 100th anniversary treat. Odd to say this is a page-turner -- maybe we need a new name for Kindle can't-put-it-down reads. Maybe this is a screen turner! No better way to rekindle fascination with the Titanic if it has been a fascination or to start one up if fascination has for some reason been lacking. In other words, a smash! (Pun sort of intended!)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary narrative March 19 2012
By Mr. Crow - Published on
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I would have thought it impossible to breathe new life into the Titanic saga but Elizabeth Kaye has done it with Lifeboat No. 8. Her elegant voice evokes with crisp authority the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, the forlorn cries of the dying, and the stately manners of the ever-receding Edwardian age. The duties, tensions, and hypocrisies of class are all on display in that crowded lifeboat. Although history, the compression and poignance of Kaye's narrative bear comparisons with Stephen Crane's classic short story "The Open Boat."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Story of Bravery and Tragedy March 26 2012
By Evelyn - Published on
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What a story! Hard to believe such a tragic disaster really happened. So many died unnecessarily. Elizabeth Kaye gives us a dramatic, well written narrative of true events about the sinking of the Titanic. I found it fascinating!
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