An excellent true-life account of Louis Zamperini and his comrades during WWII and their internment in Japanese prison camps! Laura Hillenbrand does a wonderful job bringing history to life and putting the reader right on the front lines with the characters. This is a must read for anybody who is facing life's hardships. Sure puts things into perspective and reminds me all over again, of the truly amazing willpower and the sacrifices made by the Veterans who served during WWII and America's other campaigns throughout history. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand on another wonderful work. Excellent author. Excellent story. Excellent narrator. Home run! Also, Check out Seabiscuit: An American Legend by the same author. It is also extremely well written. I didn't expect to enjoy it as I'm not that interested in horse racing--but, as in Unbroken, she really brought the era to life.
The combination of words and wonderful narration of this book made me feel as if I was there. While this was a heartbreaking story, it was a real reminder of the brutality of war.
You wont want this story to end. Great account of WWII as well as pre-war Germany/U.S. If you liked Band of Brothers, Ghost Soldiers or Tears in the Darkness you will love this book!
This was such an amazing story. It's hard to believe that people could survive the torment and torture that these POWs endured. Louis Zamporini's life is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit!
An amazing life story. Told in a way that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Loved it! 5 stars all the way!
His courage and forgivness that is a tribute to the greatness of the ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. If there were more people in the world like this there would be more hope for mankind to overcome the cycle of hatred that plagues the human species.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Being a lover of horses, I was entranced by Hillenbrand's remarkably well-written "Seabiscuit," but, if it is possible, she creates an even more compelling drama with Unbroken, the story of another deep-hearted underdog who triumphs in the end. Highly recommended!
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The first couple of hours were boring to me that I had to double check that the amazing reviews I read were actually for this book. But after listening and going deeper into the chapters, I understood from where these reviews came.
The story is amazing and yes as the title says it’s a story of survival, resilience and redemption. But for me, it was more as it encompasses the human life with its various stages; the ambition to achieve, the hardships of life, the struggles we endure, the moving on, the letting go and hopefully finally making it. What’s great about it is that it’s a true story and thus reflects the imperfect world and the imperfect us. Even the main character (Louis Zamperini) who is a model and an inspiring great person had his down periods and at a point almost gave up.
The story also made me see war through a different lens. We all know that war is hard, difficult and devastating. But what these men had to go though is unbelievable! How they survived it, I have no idea. Hillenbrand also makes an amazing job researching the war and the people, narrating all the details and conveying it in way that one feels that they are living it with them. This could drain you out at times as the hardships they went through are unbearable.
The ending is specially touching and makes me reflect on my own life, what I have made to others specially my family.
Finally, I would love to read more nonfiction books written that way as it’s informative and interesting at the same time.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
Hillenbrand expertly sets out to depict the life of Louis Zamperini, a child who was bullied, a brazen thief, an Olympic runner, a military pilot, a survivor of WW2.
She begins with his childhood, where his personality is molded by circumstance. His courage and tenacious personality have everything to do with his survival. After painting a picture of his prewar life, we accompany Louis into WW2. His adventures of flying a B24 bomber, his close calls and that of his fellow officers are riveting. This part of the book described one military action after another. Although it was expertly told, the military operations ran on a little to long for my liking and I thought I had picked an inappropriate book for my taste. Alas, I persevered through that section which took me to the most captivating stories I have ever read about WW2. Louis’ plane was shot down and he ended up drifting on a raft in the Pacific. This part of the book is explained in such detail, I found myself holding my breath in parts.
The journey continues to the Japanese POW camps where the American soldiers were starved, tortured both physically and mentally. You get to know the soldiers and the actual men who tortured them. This part of the book introduces one of the most notorious war criminals, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, nicknamed “The Bird”. Louis became The Bird’s pet project and he relentlessly tried to break him both physically and mentally. These scenes were difficult to get through.
Hillenbrand skillfully takes you through the liberation of the camps, the survivors, the fallen, the war criminals and what happens to all of them after the war. It never ends with being liberated; the mind continues to fester long after the physical ordeal is over.
It is clear Laura Hillenbrand did extensive research . Her accounts are so detailed it reads like one of the best fiction thriller stories of all time, but this one is true. The narrator did a fine job at reading.
What is the audio equivalent of a page turner? Ear-grabber? Whatever. This is it. I couldn't stop listening. Edward Herrmann is just icing on the cake. He is the best reader in the game.