The story line was incredible. Talk about a person's will to live being so strong!! I think God had a plan for Louie and what a life that was.
Too many memorable moments, both good and bad to pick one.
When Louie fulfilled his promise to God to serve him, not only was that a great moment, but also a moment that changed his life forever.
This book could have also been named An American Hero.
Thank you to the author for telling Louie's incredible tale.
Yes, there's so much I learned from the entire story. The range emotions I went through with this book from joy, sadness, hate, so many others.
The power of forgiveness of a human being is capable of.
When Louis forgave the bird during B. Graham event (I still have problems even thinking about the bird and all the things he did. Don't know if I could have).
When Louis remembered that he had promised God while being a castaway.
Honestly, so many other moments. I still struggle to understand how someone can be so cruel to a fellow human being.
I still believe that the US shouldn't have pardoned war criminals for political reasons. If one of those on the committee that decided to go ahead with that padon would have gone through the pow cruelty, I'm sure they wouldn't have agreed to an amnesty.
This book raised the bar and now I'm struggling to find something similar. Any suggestions?
Once I started listening, I could not stop. A truly inspiring story that after you hear it, will make you never want to complain again about any of your daily challenges. A great story about a great man and real American hero as well as a WW2 veteran.
I have been a great fan of Bryce Courtenay's books, (and since his death, I will dearly miss his writing) - a lot that dealt with wars and the way the characters dealt with them. However, I think that I enjoyed Laura Hillenbrand's writing more!
Her historical facts, and references to the individuals' personalities made me feel that this is a true story, and I appreciated that the story moved along without dwelling on lingering details.
I have not read Seabiscuit, but think that I might, just to hear more from Laura.
Edward Herrmann handled the narration perfectly!
I would highly recommend this book. This is a great example of what the human body can withstand with will and desire. Louis Zamperini is a great example of a leader, fighter and overall good person, constantly putting others before himself even in the most difficult of situations.
The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greightens-another true leader and slefless human being
I found myself sitting in the drieveway listening to this story waiting to see what would happen next.
one of the best books I have read in a log time
The fact that he overcame unbelievable odds. He show what forgiveness really looks like!
When he started to forgive.
no it's too long.
Can't wait for the movie
I would because its good
the strafing on the raft
the epilogue was not as engaging as the rest of the book...I would skip it if I read it again
In 1967 I was a US Marine in Viet Nam. I was wounded three times and spent over a year recovering in the hospital. Compared to what this man went through, I feel like I was on a Cub Scout camping trip. Today the word hero is thrown around to anyone in uniform. Anyone who reads this book will understand what real heroism is. The time he spent in a life raft would have killed most men. But the time he spent in a Japanese POW camp is the ultimate example of a man's will to survive. I wish they could make an accurate movie about Louie's experience but I doubt it's possible . If American's saw the way the POW's were mistreated under the Japanese, it would set back relations 100 years. For anyone wants to read the ultimate WW2 book on courage, this is a must.. Former Sgt Stephen Smith USMC
The fact that Laura never met Louie in person due to her medical condition, the amount of data she was able to gather over years of research is amazing.
An unbelievable true story of an inspiring man's life. I would consider it an honor to shake his hand.
There is nothing I'm going to say which hasn't been said before, but this is truly an amazing story. My only very minor complaint is that the end seemed to be rushed, I would have liked a lot more detail -- still in the scheme of the book that's a minor complaint.
Incredible, unrelenting, riveting.
To End All Wars
Human suffering, Survival, Forgiveness, Redemption, WWI
Sharks & Japs
Disgust. Wonderment. Yes, tears, chuckles and outrage.