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...
  • Linda
    Feb 16, 2019
    Sounds Like Titanic is the fascinating memoir of a violinist who toured the United States with an ensemble who mimed playing while the audience heard music from a CD. The memoir gets into so many issues: class, money, privilege, snobbery... I'll try to unpack a little bit of it without...
  • Kelsey
    Mar 01, 2019
    4.5 ...
  • Martha Toll
    Feb 13, 2019
    Here?s my review on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/02/13/693532... ...
  • 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...
  • Erin Kelly
    Feb 19, 2019
    Everything about this book is extraordinary. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hannah Mae
    Feb 27, 2019
    this book made me feel reeyell. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Erin Charpentier
    Mar 22, 2019
    I have a weird relationship with memoirs. Sometimes I think it's good, but more often than not, I find myself thinking: Ehh, why do I care? THIS BOOK, HOWEVER, IS SO GOOD. Jessica weaves a story that bounces between her time pretending to be a classical violinist for a man who goes...
  • Wendy Ballard
    Mar 02, 2019
    I've become interested in the violin for a variety of reasons. That's what brought me to this book, that, and, well isn't Titanic one of the best movies? I think it is. Jessica has had a love affair with the violin since she was a child and her parents did the right thing by encour...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Gigi
    Mar 08, 2019
    When I initially read the plot for this book I thought it would be about Jessica and her experience working in a fake ensemble which definitely caught my attention BUT I was pleasantly surprised that she shared her journey and struggles as a broke student in NYC in comparison to her cl...
  • 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...
  • Kathy De
    Dec 30, 2018
    Sounds like Titanic by Jessica Hindman is not just a memoir. It?s a work of creative non-fiction. Yes it is the story of a specific moment in the author?s life, but it also dances from her youth to the recent past to the memoir?s present. The leaps in time are signaled by changes...