I don't believe any fiction book, even coming from the most creative mind, can top this true account of mens lives and what they endured in Japanese prison camps. This book is about survival and determination, especially of the main character. There are many lessons for all of us within these pages. I believe I experienced every emotion known to man as I listened to this book, and it left me with a deep respect for the men and women of our armed forces for the risks they take defending our freedoms and gave me a renewed sense of pride in our country. This book is a must read for everyone.
The narration by Mr. Hermann is quite good. His voice is deep and clear and was read at an even pace.
The story is disturbing on many levels but that is war. I enjoyed the narrator, one of the best I've listened to. This is a little known story about world war 2 which every American should know.
Unbroken is among the best media experiences of my life. The story is simply awe inspiring, the writing superb and the narration excellent. I have learned a great deal about life in the many hours I have spent thinking and talking about this audiobook.
This book is about 80% intense unavoidable suffering/humiliation of the protagonist and 20% of the protagonist overcoming his hardships. It did keep me entertained on a 14 hour drive and it is thought provoking as far as "why do some human beings derive pleasure in the helpless torture of others".
The most frustrating part of this book for me was that it is just some narrator telling about what is happening, very little of the book is composed of the protagonist's actual words about what happened/what was happening. I would have preferred to hear how he dealt with everything in his own words, like in the book "Papillon", because that way, you also learn about how people overcome adversity rather than just never ending narrative about them being abused mentally and physically.
A very good book and you will not be able to stop reading it. I highly recommend it and know you will find it worth your time and money.
What can I say but riveting! This is not a genre I normally am drawn to, but Hillenbrand's masterful research and story telling created an audiobook that I could not turn off.
My wife & I started this during our 10 hour drive for our summer vacation. I listen to a couple of Audiobooks a month, while she has only listened to a couple in her life. This book hooked both of us. Upon returning home, we found ourselves turning off the TV and night, and huddling around my iPhone to hear how this guys incredible story ended. Highly recommended. One WARNING: Several chapters describe graphic torture- all part of World War II history that most of us are fortunate enough to have been oblivious to. In my opinion, definitely not for younger readers (maybe 14+ would be OK).
Such a powerful book. I am not into 'war' stories . I chose this because I am into horses and loved Seabiscuit but this was an amazing story. I can't speak more highly of the reader , the author and oh my the characters in this book. This is a must listen. My father fought in the Pacific . He never talked about the war. I had no idea..
This is an unbelievably well written, engrossing book - a real home run. I listen to books as I commute and absolutely couldn't wait to get back to the story each day -- it definitely made my L.A. area commute more tolerable; even a pleasure. I normally don't like war stories but this was a very human story that happened to have occurred during WWII - wow, did I learn a lot. This is a book that is very well written with excellent narration---HIGHLY recommend. By far, this is the best book I've purchased on Audible.
This book had me intrigued from the very beginning. It was very hard to stop listening to it because I wanted to find out what would happen next. At the same time, you don't want it to end because it is such a great narration, a rare gift of story telling. It should be required reading for high school students learning about WWII. I feel as if everything I ever knew about WWII was superficial compared to the story in this book. You will want to know what happened to all the characters in the book, and it is as if you are living it now. My understanding of the war and a period of time in history has been enriched by this book. It is gripping, heartwarming, horrifying, stressful, and wonderful all at once. It is the best book I have read in years.