The Titanic Murders Audio Cassette – Abridged, Oct 2000
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
However, I have to confess I was deeply distressed to discover that the two villains of this piece, John Crafton and Hugh Rood, were not made up names used for the occasion but were in fact the names of very real people who were lost aboard the Titanic, and whose identities were appropriated by Mr. Collins solely because he could find nothing about them. This is something that I find distasteful. The fact that not much is known about Mr. Rood or Mr. Crafton is not a valid reason for turning them into the figures of convenience for Mr. Collins's story, and I think he would not have dampened the authentic feel of the story by simply using made up names for the occasion. I find it incredible that Mr. Collins did not bother to contact anyone connected with the Titanic Historical Society or Titanic International, where the scholars there know practically everything about every passenger who sailed aboard the ship. Indeed, the book "Titanic: The Exhibition" does mention that Mr. Crafton came from Roachdale, IN while Mr. Rood was from Seattle. No doubt, there were people who grieved for them as surely as there were people who grieved for the more famous people like the hero, Jacques Futrelle. Mr. Collins may take comfort that he bothered to not dig deep enough about these two men to find out if he were offending anyone, but I find his claim of respect for Titanic's victims to be very hollow when he's not willing to give them the same respect.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Reading this was akin to drinking a cocktail compounded of cardboard, glue, and tap water. It is lifeless, unimaginative, plodding, predictable, and slow. Read morePublished on June 5 2003
Max Allan Collins makes history come to life and you find yourself thinking...."well, maybe"... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by Amy Leemon
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by meiringen
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2000 by H O'Fallon
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2000 by Marguerite S. Mehalick
Hard-boiled fans know that when it comes to historical mysteries, Max Allan Collins' Nathan Heller novels are second to none. Read morePublished on April 22 1999
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 morePublished on April 6 1999
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 morePublished on March 20 1999