Story is so amazing, almost unbelievable at times. Very hard to put down, you are easily immersed into the story, a PoW sitting right alongside your friends. Sometimes it seems Europe and the Nazis are the only story from WWII, this book does a great job reminding us of the inhuman war happening in the Pacific, and the brave American men and women who fought for freedom.
The story itself is amazing, absolutely amazing. The narrator is great - has a way of bringing you right into the action, felt like you were there. Along the way, I learned so much about World War II - gave me an appreciation for what it really was like at that time. This is one of the top 3 audio books. You can't miss with this one.
The best book I have listened to in years. My Father read it at the same time. We both agree that it is amazing. Well performed, well written and a better story than fiction could ever produce.
If you enjoy tales of triumph in the face of insurmountable situations and odds, this book fills the bill. It is doubly appealing because it is a true story of the life of Olympian and WWII prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. UNBROKEN is ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit. And Edward Herrmann is as fine a reader as he is an actor!
Say something about yourself!
The audio is read perfectly bringing to life emotions you may read over.
This story is so unbelievable and inspiring you would think it was fiction.
You can not pick just one. From beginning to end I was captivated. That said after the opening scene your heart rate will rest for a little while until you return to the pacific scene again. From then on its a great ride.
Amazed, sad, angy, inspired, forgiving, etc., all emotions will be invoked during this read.
Incredible story told by incredible author. This book will be near the top of my list for a long time.
Although a bit slow at the beginning, the story did pick up. It is an true story after all, and not every day of a life is exciting. This story, however, is important to know. Not so much the story of the man himself, but the story of how people can act and react in trying circumstances.
It took a bit to get used to the narrator, which is likely because I have listened to British accents for the last few books, and the lower tones of an American inflection took me a bit.
To sum up, everyone should have read of this book in order to better understand our recent past.
...then listen to this audiobook
A single man survived more stress, rigor, trauma, in 2.5 years than most families experience in 3 generations.
This book and Fearless the story of Adam Brown are the best books I have ever heard or read. Both will make you feel rather small in this world and both will have your complete attention the entire time.
In both books it's more about the character and sheer force of will that amazes just read it and don't think about it. It has a five star rating for good reason.
Such an amazing story, and so well told by Laura Hillenbrand! Such a talented author! I told my wife that Ms. Hillenbrand could make going to the store for a loaf of bread sound spellbinding! And the subject matter of this book is so overwhelming! So many great stories built into one book... It is about so much more than a man being stranded on a raft. An amazing biography of this amazing man, Louie Zamperini! And, as always, Edward Herrmann, did a great job with the narration. A few times, you could hear the heartfelt emotion in his voice. Thanks to all for a wonderful testament to this man's life!
It was detailed, but not tedious, factual but not overburdening.
The resilliance of the main character, the steadfast belief of the entire family that their family member was alive and the role faith in God plays in the redemptive ability of mankind to be truly free.
His voice didn't get in the way of the story.
I was so moved by it, at a party, I brought it to the attention of several friends and highly recommended it. I plan to give it as a gift to my cousin who is a history buff.
It was so well written, I felt I was in the story with the characters.