Sounds Like Titanic

Sounds Like Titanic

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician?or so she thinks. When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group ?performs,? the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician?or so she thinks. When aspiring violinist ...

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Title:Sounds Like Titanic
Author:Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393651649
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Sounds Like Titanic Reviews

  • Cheri
    Feb 15, 2019
    ?Sometimes I wonder where I've been, Who I am, Do I fit in. Make believin' is hard alone, Out here on my own.? -- Out Here On My Own, Irene Cara, Songwriters: Leslie Gore / Michael Gore ?Vivaldi is in your head. The music you hear is like the blaze-orange clothing th...
  • Dan
    Mar 05, 2019
    I always enjoy stories featuring amateur musicians (cough cough Station Eleven), and this was no exception! Hindman's experiences with the Composer, and her struggles to get in that position, are unique and remarkable, and I found her voice to be a perfect fit to narrate those experien...
  • Martha Toll
    Feb 13, 2019
    Here?s my review on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/693532... ...
  • Elizabeth☮
    Jun 25, 2019
    I picked this up because my daughter plays the violin. I kept reading because I found it all fascinating. Chiccehitto Hindman "played" violin for an ensemble for several years to help pay her tuition at Columbia University. She refers to her employer simply as The Composer throughout (...
  • Nate
    Dec 14, 2018
    Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman has written a memoir of "holy shit allegro" proportion. Her time-hopping memoir spans from rural 1980s West Virginia, to 2001 Cairo, Egypt, to major cities across the United States as a violinist on a mysterious, PBS-favorite composer's God Bless America Tou...
  • Melanie Page
    May 03, 2019
    A former-blogger, still friend of mine added Sounds Like Titanic on Goodreads, and I knew I had to read it. It?s about a college-age woman who grew up in the Appalachia Mountains and made it to Columbia. She started playing violin when she is 8, which is considered ancient if you wan...
  • Erin Kelly
    Feb 19, 2019
    Everything about this book is extraordinary. ...
  • Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell
    Jul 04, 2019
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest What a strange book this was. Even though it's a memoir, it kind of reminded me of MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION because of its tongue in cheek narrative and critical examination of what living in the U.S. during a post-9...
  • Missy
    Nov 25, 2018
    In Sounds Like Titanic, Jessica Chichetto Hindman weaves a remarkable tale that is utterly unique yet eminently relatable. Early on in this hard-to-put-down memoir, Hindman switches from first to second person because, she posits, ?For many people, myself included, sitting down to...
  • Brenna Thom
    Mar 02, 2019
    This is a pretty incredible story. When I first read the premise ofSounds Like Titanic, I genuinely thought it was a work of fiction. To find out that it was, indeed, a memoir was shocking. The memoir transitions from a few different periods in Hindman?s life: her upbringing in the...
  • Cathi
    May 15, 2019
    Listened. I wouldn't recommend the audio on this - the inflections of the narrator felt counter to the author's intentions a lot of the time. This book was a lot more than the story of playing in a touring ensemble that didn't actually play any live music. The author does a very sk...
  • Christine
    Mar 02, 2019
    I won this book through a Good Reads giveaway. This book was such a pleasure to read! Honestly, one of the best books I?ve read in a long time. This story is not only a wild ride, it?s very well written. Jessica writes very eloquently not only about her time with The Conductor, ...
  • Lauren
    Feb 23, 2019
    It?s difficult to say exactly what Sounds Like Titanic is about - but I can firmly say that it is a captivating, beautifully written memoir that?s well worth a read. In many ways, it?s like one of those Russian nesting dolls: on the outside, there?s the tagline of the book - Je...
  • Melki
    Feb 19, 2019
    Holy Milli Vanilli! Or, should I say Milli Violini? While still in college, the author, an aspiring violinist, was chosen to be part of an professional music ensemble. Her duties involved playing her instrument, and selling CDs at shopping malls, AND the 54-city God Bless America...
  • Wynne Kontos
    Jan 22, 2019
    I was practically salivating for a copy of this before its February release date, and the buyers at my store graciously tracked one down for me (as well as a colleague who had heard how I bad I wanted to read it.) The premise was really, really cool. While attending Columbia Univers...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Apr 16, 2019
    A violinist and Eastern Studies major who is struggling to pay her way through Columbia gets a job that seems to be more than she ever hoped for. She is going to be playing professionally for audiences across the U.S. It turns out to be fake ? the music is played through speakers, ne...
  • Katie
    Feb 10, 2019
    ?There were just some things you couldn?t do for money. Not because they were particularly difficult, but because you just didn?t want to. Because they weren?t worth your life, which might not be worth much, but was worth something.? God, this book. It?s catapulted itsel...
  • E has
    May 30, 2019
    This book was amazing. If I highlighted books, I would have marked the shit out of this. The story that the author tells is the true story of how a West-Virginia-turned-Columbia-student went on tour in the early 2000s with a few other musicians and The Composer ? a man who "create...
  • Jessica ☕
    Nov 22, 2018
    I know I'm posting this review early, but I just have to share. I'm going to cut to the chase and just come out and say that this is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time and I want every woman I know to read it and we will all be in one huge book club. On its ...
  • Meredith
    Apr 29, 2019
    I wish more memoirs were written by ordinary people who aren?t really ordinary but who just think they are because they associate with so many people whom other people think are extraordinary but aren?t really. The music world is a funny place, full of people who work really hard ...
  • Shaun
    Mar 05, 2019
    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. A unique memoir that I was surprised to really enjoy. The premise doesn't sound all that engaging, but the opposite is true. What made it so unique was both the content (a musician traveling the Un...
  • Books on Stereo
    Mar 02, 2019
    A tad bit frantic and meandering for my taste. ...
  • Danielle
    Jan 31, 2019
    January 2019, pre-release: I've actually been lucky enough to have Jessica as a professor twice now at my university. She's a wonderful person and an amazing instructor so I'm very excited to read this! ...
  • Michaela
    Jan 05, 2019
    dnf p. 31. Written in the 2nd person. Grew tired of reading the word, "you," in every line incredibly quickly. (She referred to herself as, "You.") Did not find a character to get invested in as no one here had any personality. Timeline kept jumping. I couldn't figure out what was goin...
  • Amy Bruestle
    Feb 04, 2019
    I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.... Unfortunately I could not get myself to finish this. I really hate not finishing a book and I usually force myself to suffer through it if it?s bad or not something I?m into, but now that I am getting older, I...
  • Matt
    Apr 10, 2019
    I really enjoyed this memoir. I was very young in the era discussed in the book, I have very faint memories of Bush, the early Iraq and Afghanistan wars, post 9/11 patriotism, and other such cultural themes hinted at. Memories brought back to the forefront. What really made the book...
  • Kate
    Oct 23, 2018
    This is the sort of book you stay up too late reading. I usually stick to fiction, because a character's life as invented by the author has to be more interesting than the real lives of people around us. But Jessica's account of working for The Composer is weirder than fiction. Sure...
  • Pam
    Mar 16, 2019
    A fascinating story, yet drawn out by the author's musings on politics and culture and philosophies of life. The story jumps around with no discernible timeline or progression, which makes it become monotonous after a while. Performing the same thing over and over again is even less ex...
  • Michael Waddell
    Nov 24, 2018
    This is an amazing story! I found myself shocked by many of the twists and turns in the author's life, the bizarre situations she found herself in, the ways she found to get by through all of it. But what really makes the book great is the author's style: direct, curious, unflinching, ...
  • Karrie
    Mar 10, 2019
    3.75 stars. I forget why I ever started this book, but for some reason I assumed it was fiction. I also listened to it as an audiobook...it did not start well for me. The book kept jumping all over the place with dates, and I think because I couldn?t see the dates, I wasn?t followi...