The drama and depth of the characters
Overall his performance was superb.
Couldn't stop. A truely GREAT read and picture into history.
Would recommend to anyone who loves history, romance, and true crime...
Laura Hillenbrand has done another excellent job researching and writing. Her characterizations are clear and compelling. The story is better than any fiction that I have read in a long time.
I thought I had enough of WWII storytelling and was reluctant to buy this book. I did so based on how much I enjoyed her previous best seller (I love horses) and of course, the online reviews. I was not disappointed. The story was moving, well told and kept me interested, though I knew the hero had made it out alive. The ending got a bit soppy, but overall it was a good "read".
Although I am an atheist, I find it so inspirational when someone finds the faith necessary to conquer their demons and then to forgive those demons on top of it.
A story of survival, resilience, and redemption. Leave out World War II
From the very beginning I was caught up in this powerful story. Upon meeting young Louis and his family, I wanted to hear more about their life, more importantly, his life. To see how this boy grew into a man who would endure so many hardships that war inevitably brings is an inspiration to all. Laura Hillenbrand once again does an excellent job telling a story of real people and events that defines courage and bravery.
Sacrifice. Inspiring. Redemption
Sharks jumping out of the water at Louie.
Louie returns to Japan to reconnect. My father could never do that after fighting at Okinawa.
This is like the Old Man and the Sea meets Indiana Jones. The action is non-stop.
There were many scenes. His overcoming his fear of the "Bird", the survival on the raft, being chased while buck naked as a child, the description of the air ship blotting out the stars and his wonder come quickly to mind.
Lara Hillenbrand did a wonderful job of telling a complex story in an interesting and moving way. She is a great story teller. Ed Herman brings a wonderfulmlife to an already compelling story. I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend this book!
I am an amateur historian, and have read & listened to hundreds of books on wars, soldiering, etc. over the past 20+ years since first being drawn into the subject. Some of the most horrific are the POW stories, and they can turn your stomach. Having read other accounts of Japanese POWs from the war, I was prepared for that part, but what caught me off guard was everything else! Ms. Hillenbrand does a wonderful job of painting the scenes of dispair after the crash. She also makes me feel as though we can see inside Zamperini's soul when describing his post war troubles. This book is a well written uplifting work, and lest I forget, Mr. Herrmann's reading of the piece is fantastic. This is a must for every personal library.
The weave of the tale...wraps you up, pulls you in and holds you close.
Come on, he could read a Microsoft technical manual and make it interesting.