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Taking the Titanic
A Heist to Remember
James Patterson with Scott Slaven
Read by Nocola Barber, Evan Morton

Hachette Audio
11 / 2016/ ISBN 9781478972877
Historical Mystery (England 1912) / Short Story / Audiobook – Unabridged 3 CDs / 3 Hrs

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Readers and Listeners join Nigel Bowen and Celia on the Titanic. They’re professional thieves and their plan is to take advantage of the First Class passengers as much as they can. Nigel and Celia are entertaining characters. They try to hide their identities from each other, as well as from the wealthy passengers. Nigel wonders why Celia, an extraordinarily beautiful woman, hasn’t been snatched up by a rich bloke yet. Celia is wondering what a classy man like Nigel was doing in the low-class neighborhood where she found him. The mystery is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel. The humor reminds me of Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man. For a short story, the main characters are well-developed and likable. The plot is easy to follow and there are enough twists to keep one guessing.

Taking the Titanic is a short story. The audio version is three hours long. It’s a quick, engaging listen. Nocola Barber and Evan Morton deliver a seamless narration as they read from the main characters’ diaries and narrate the various characters. Their accents are spot on. Listening to the audio reminded me of the Titanic’s history. The realization of the Ship’s outcome left me silent as I waited to see how these characters would fair.

Taking the Titanic is one of Patterson’s best short stories, yet!

Reviewed 2017