For a morbid reason the fact that any hardship is followed by other hardship. Just when I thought it could not get any worse it did. So the moment he was out of danger I felt such relief. In the problems after the war he faced less gruesome challenges, but those he also had to overcome.
The determination of the people in the story. Giving up is so hard, but not doing so even harder.
His voice, the way he "acts" the different characters.
Giving up is no option.
My wife (Ruthie) and I together listen to Audible's books every evening. We have been doing this since 2005 and have never missed an evening
I was 8 yrs of age in 1941. I recall seeing Movie tone news reels at the local Fox theater. And listening to radio with my grandfather who was Austrian. He hated Adolf Hitler and called him a "Madman!"
sometimes I don't realize what I've gotten into until too late,but I rarely want to lay it down even if I don't like it, It may get better.
I plan on it. It had soo much in it. I would like to get the child's version and listen to that one too then re-listen to this one.
The main character of course. He went through a lot even though the story is not totally true it makes him be a human. He had his awful faults and yet he had his awesome good points too.
This book along with Kite runner, and thousand splendid suns reminds us the cruelty that one human can show towards another. This book gives you appreciation for what soldiers endure and the resiliency that a person can have. if I was in place of Loui, Watanabe surely would have died. Monsters and Devils don't deserve forgiveness even from God let alone mere humans. Thank you for bringing this story to us Laura.
What an amazing story and so beautifully told. The perfect mix of fact and fiction to pull the reader in. Unfortunate, this part of our history is forgotten in the shadow of the European theatre during WWII. Zamparini and POWs like him are the silent heroes and true patriots of the war.
The writer is an excellent story teller.
I had stumbled upon this book because it was posted on my Audible page. I had missed the movie too. I had spent this month listening to Moby Dick, Ulysses, and one by Eknath Easwaran on the Bhagavad Gita (it is the clearest explanation/translation that I have ever seen). Then I read how Louis Zamperini transcended the most horrific PTSD by discovering his higher power and had also found forgiveness for the unforgivable in a moment of divine clarity. Then Louis spent the rest of his life faithful to his enlightenment. So, Louis Zamperini's ministry struck me even after he has left us. I'm in China these past two years and know of Nanking (Nanjing) and the unforgivable acts of the Japanese here at the same time that they were torturing our American soldiers. Zamperini's ability to recover and forgive is rare and deserves our highest respect. My father was in the Pacific at the same time Zamperini was in the prison camps. Like the movie Saving Private Ryan this book helped me to return to the times of my parents with the horrors of the 20th century's wars. Anyway, just a late note on my respect for the little scoundrel Louis Zamperini who grew up to be a sage and messenger to us all.
Perfect with, sometimes, his own real emotions.
This book changed me. It was a milestone in my own understanding of PTSD.
I had seen the movie adaptation and knew there was more to the story. I could never have imagined the hardships that Louie and all the other POWs faced at the hands of the Japanese. This is a must read (or listen) book.
What an amazing story of not just survival, but also redemption and forgiveness. This should be required reading for any 20th century warfare history class as well as at any Christian college/university.