This book is great. I love history, and I have a profound respect for those who have fought to defend our freedom. This is a story of survival, adventure, perseverance, and service. It reads like a great novel, but unfortunately it is a true story about the horrors of war. Many American POW's survived a living hell under Japanese captivity, if they were lucky to survive at all, and returning to civilian life was no easy matter.
I think it is a responsibility of all Americans to have an understanding of the death, torture and inconvenience that millions of our service men & women have endured. This book puts a name & face to the suffering of war and the challenges of coming home.
You will not want to put this book down. It is interesting & exciting to the very end. You will not walk away from it without a great appreciation and understanding of what it means to sacrifice.
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
4 stars is because much of what happened to this man is not enjoyable and up-lifting. It is not always easy to hear of the horrible things that this man survived in the war. However, this is one of those books that is important to keep listening to because these are just the sort of things humans are capable of in the right circumstances. More than that the story of all that was survived suggests how the human spirit will respond and strike back or survive in spite of the worst sort of abuse.
He strikes just the right tone to narrate with documentary precision often leaving me on the edge of my seat.
Too many to name just one.
This is one of those books that I think ought to be required reading for history of WWII. Here we scratch the surface of war crimes in the Pacific Theatre and reasons for the dropping the atomic bombs which are so little appreciated not even 75 years later.
An inspiring story of determination, resolve and character. Louie Zamperini should be an inspiration for all of us who have felt hopeless in face of dire circumstances. The book is full of detailed facts about WWII and the life of POWs. Would certainly read it again.
Edward Hermann's reading of this book really added to the experience. It was a very inspirational story of one man, in particular, making his way through the most difficult situations during World War II. What was most inspriational was his ability to forgive and go on to do great things for people later in his life.
The feeling that a great actor can bring to the storytelling. He was wonderful.
It almost made me cry at the horrible experiences these men endured. It left me feeling inspired by Louis' ability to forgive and go on to help children.
Don't know. Didn't read the print version
The amazing will to live and not give up under conditions of extreme duress
No. Too long to do that.
This one had me coming back every day for another sequence. Very satisfying and engaging story. Extreme drama.
The exacting detail of this saga makes for a very difficult listen. At times, I had to stop listening....I just couldn't hear more of the atrocities these men suffered.
This is not my ususal type of book but WOW this was great. Laura Hillenbrand has written a great read that will hold your attention and keep you reading for hours.
Louie by far.You had to admire both his physical and mental fortitude under such adverse circumstances.
His tone was great nothing was ever overdone.
I will say there were times my heart sank and I was moved deeply by both the brutality and the camaraderie.
As a runner I would listen to Unbroken as I ran, on days when I should have rested I ran just so I could hear this story, one that I will never forget.
It might be the best book thus far...
The story is well-written, Edward Herman does a masterful job with the narration. I listened to the book a couple of hours a day for a week, I might listen to it again...
His narration is smooth and soulful, excellent job.
The last chapter brought tears to my eyes...
This is what all audio books should strive to be...
Right at the top.This is an amazing story. Beautifully written and very moving!
Louie, of course, was the main man. His will to live and his changed life was remarkable. But the Bird was such a psychopath! He was a fascinating character to follow and hate.
The narrator has a wonderful, expressive voice fitted well to this material.
Broken dreams, unimaginable suffering, amazing redemption...