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The Titanic Murders [Abridged] [Audio Cassette]

Max Allan Collins , Charlie O'Dowd
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 2000
Three days into the maiden voyage that would end in disaster, a passenger is found dead inside a locked cabin — the victim of a murder. Jacques Futrelle, author of the popular "Thinking Machine" mysteries, is asked to use his knowledge of criminology to conduct a quiet investigation. Adding to the delicate nature of the inquiry is a suspect list that reads like a Who's Who of high society — and every single one of them has a motive for murder. Accompanied by his intrepid wife, May, Futrelle pursues leads all over the palatial ship in what would prove to be his greatest — and final — mystery. Once again, author Max Allan Collins creates an astonishing work of historical fiction in this vivid, enthralling account of the Titanic’s fateful passage.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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About the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery novels including the Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Disaster series mystery novels include The Titanic Murders, The Hindenburg Murders, The Pearl Harbor Murders, The London Blitz Murders, and The War of the Worlds Murder. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Listeners may get a sinking feeling at the beginning of this book as Charlie O'Dowd reads at such a rapid pace that his words are almost incomprehensible. He races through without pause, intonation, or inflection and with little regard to description or dialogue. The words are strewn together in a seamless string of noise. But by the second chapter, O'Dowd has run out of breath and begins to read at a more reasonable pace. The third and succeeding chapters are nicely done, and listeners are rewarded for their patience with a fairly good presentation of a murder mystery. O'Dowd delivers stylish characterizations and easily accomplishes accents of many nationalities. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very soggy June 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading this was akin to drinking a cocktail compounded of cardboard, glue, and tap water. It is lifeless, unimaginative, plodding, predictable, and slow. How anyone could make the Titanic tragedy and a cast of potentially fascinating characters into something this boring is amazing. Futrelle's shortest and slightest "Thinking Machine" story has twice the plot and intelligence of this achingly dull garbage barge of a book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be.... Sept. 29 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Max Allan Collins makes history come to life and you find yourself thinking...."well, maybe"...
His meticilous research shows - you can picture the scenes and even the elaborate clothes. The plot is plausible (altho I agree with the reviewers that he shouldn't have used the names of actual people on the ship and made them the villians only because he could find nothing out about them) and of course, the ending no surprise.
Well worth your time for a quick read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad... Sept. 13 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Collins uses a real passenger on the Titanic, Jacques Futrelle (author of the wonderful mystery short story "The Problem of Cell 13" [amongst others], and who was lost when the ship sank), as a detective investigating a crime on board the famous liner. Once you accept the premise, it's not too bad of a mystery novel.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
That's pretty much how it goes... light murder-mystery fare set on the world's most famous doomed liner. OK for fans of the genre or die-hard TITANIC enthusiasts. Otherwise, skip it.
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I was a bigger fan of Mr. Collins when he wrote crime thrillers set in contemporary times (do yourself a favor and check your used book store for excellent titles like "No Cure For Death", "A Shroud For Aquarius", "Spree", and "Quarry"). For my money, no one portrayed normal people tentatively reaching out and forming connections- whether they were romantic, sexual, or just to ease oppressive loneliness- than Mr. Collins. And all this sensitively drawn character interaction took place amidst bang-up, engrossing thriller plots set in middle American locales we hadn't seen a million times before. But enough about the past; Mr. Collins now primarily devotes his time to historical mysteries, mainly his Nate Heller series that mixes real-life famous figures with his fictional characters. This clever novel, "The Titanic Murders", goes a step further: pretty much everyone in the novel is real, though of course the mystery story is fictional. Yes, we don't get the gritty realism of Collins' contemporary thrillers, but I have to say I enjoyed this speculative story about real-life mystery writer Jacques Futrelle and his final days on the Titanic. And although (like most of Collins' current historical fiction) the story is fanciful and larger than life, readers still get to enjoy glimpses of the old Collins in the form of understated, pleasing character interaction between Futrelle, his wife, and their traveling companions. I still rather see Collins write about his Nolan, Mallory, and Quarry characters, but I honestly did enjoy this well-researched, involving, and fast-paced thriller, which is a genuine cut above most of the "quickie" Titanic products that flooded the market after the success of the James Cameron film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GENERALLY A GOOD, QUICK READ May 17 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was immediatley drawn into the premise of this book simply because I have been a Titanic buff for over 15 years, and I was happy to discover it was not a love/class story. The author deftly moves us through richly detailed staterooms, meals, and accurate charcters down to the stewards. The attempt to make one feel as if they are on the ship and in the company of the cream of Edwardian society, while also weaving a tale of mystery and murder, is well achieved. I also love the idea of planting the seed of possible reality into the plot. The only drawback I could find was while I generally enjoyed the authenticity of the primary characters being real people, I was a bit put off by the fact that two most likely innocent men have been villianized in a work of fiction. This however detracts nothing from the book itself. Very convincing, and a great summer read. I am glad to have stumbled upon it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Detail-dropping hurts a decent mystery May 4 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first it seems promising- a Titanic novel with real characters, and it's not a romance either. These are both very, very rare things in this field, so despite the title I awaited The Titanic Murders with eagerness. Once I actually read it, though, I found myself disappointed. It is researched carefully, with a great attention to detail, but the use of said details is probably its greatest fault. Collins drops details the way another person would drop names- he can't seem to resist the urge to toss every possible character, incident and reference from the Titanic into his story, and they aren't that well-integrated either. The effect, rather than one of refreshing reality, ends up being more irritating than anything else. Another issue was that, given Collins' care in having every character be a real person, he did not seem to bother to learn much about the real personalities of some. His vastly out-of-character version of J. Bruce Ismay is not only absolutely nothing like the man, it's not even much like the stereotypes of him from later Titanic movies and literature. He seems to have made this beyond-arrogant, aggressive and tricky-minded person of which he writes up out of whole cloth. At least he got the physical description perfectly (the 6'4" Ismay has been turned into a short man in Titanic novels before) as well as a few aspects and habits (the nervous smile) that were fact-based. Most of the rest of the cast (except Futrelle himself, about whom I don't know enough to judge) also struck me as slightly stereotyped. I do have to commend Collins on his writing of the mystery story itself and on the characterization of his star. His research, though I didn't like the way it was applied, was stunning and made this possibly the most factual fictional Titanic. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Twist On An Old Tale!
I have read very little in the way of mysteries. However as a shipwreck buff in general and more specifically a Titanic buff, I was very interested int his book. Mr. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2000 by Marguerite S. Mehalick
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, But.....
I really don't have any qualms with the execution of this story. The concept of having mystery writer Jacques Futrelle solve a murder aboard the Titanic before he himself met with... Read more
Published on July 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins takes on Christie in a fight to the death!
Hard-boiled fans know that when it comes to historical mysteries, Max Allan Collins' Nathan Heller novels are second to none. Read more
Published on April 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Fact filled, a nail biter. A delicious read
This is the type of mystery you hope to find between the covers of a book. Having been a amateur Titanic buff for years, I'm delighted with all the new books with the Titanic as a... Read more
Published on April 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING TITANIC BOOK
MAX ALLAN COLLINS HAS WRITTEN ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE MURDER MYSTERIES. OUR HERO, REAL LIFE PASSENGER JACQUES FUTRELLE MUST SOLVE HIS FINAL MYSTERY ABOARD SHIP. Read more
Published on March 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A titanic historical mystery
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Published on Feb. 6 1999
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