You won't find that mentioned in the publisher's summary, which is disheartening for someone that picked up a copy based on the publisher's promise of a tale of survival at sea. And indeed, the first 1/3 or even 1/2 of the book is gripping, as compelling as any story I've read. Then it takes a dark turn, as did Mr. Zamperini. But with the account of his torture is told with such relish, and for so much time, that the book is transformed from adventure tale into a nearly sadistic tale. No one should listen to 6 or 7 hours recounting the airman's torture unless you enjoy listening to that fare.
First half of the book is 5 stars and then some, the last half is 1 star, only because I can't give zero.
My husband recommended the book. I thought it would be too much war. A friend recommended it, so, I thought I'd give it a try. It was fantastic from the start!!
What a story and read to perfection.
I don't want to give any of the story away.
How thoughts of their family members, and the love they had for them, kept them going.
Lou, he seemed the most resilient. Maybe, because he was an athlete, his body and mind just kept going.
When they were in the raft....Louie would talk about his mother's cooking, going over each ingredient. They all enjoyed this so much...this was as close as they could get to real food.
Courage, self preservation and respect for others while trying to survive unbelievable circumstances.
I finished listening to this book several weeks ago and I can't get it out of my mind. It was so riveting and inspiring. I listened on my way to work, then during my work outs, then while cooking. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.
I never read the print edition, only listened to the audiobook. This was a great story to listen to. The narrator did a superb job.
The story was impeccable. If I were the editor for this novel, I wouldn't make any recommendations to the author. So the fact that this is a non-fiction novel makes it even that much better.
Most people are familiar with WWII in Europe, with so many shows, movies, and books about it around. But most people only know about Pearl Harbor and the H-Bomb in the Pacific theater. This story is about everything in-between those two events in the Pacific.
A powerful story about a man's unbreakable will to live.
There are a few phases of the story, and it can be listened to in a few sittings.
It was only my second so I am unsure
Lou was definitely a hero who sprang from lower middle class roots.
Ed Hermann's performance was good, but not as good as the reader of Life of Pi.
It took several hours to listen to this, but since I was recovering from some surgery, it was a good entertainment.
Laura Hildebrand has done an heroic research job in putting together a story that is truly amazing. It almost reads like a novel, but when you realize that this is a true story, it makes it even more terrific. This is a wonderful book, which never gets tired, and keeps your interest high throughout. Moreover, the narrator has given the book the attention it requires, and does a fabulous job in telling the story.
Yes, I would listen to Unbroken again. It's an amazing story with an amazing ending.
probly the best book I ever read or listen to. I would recamend this book to any age or sex,do not pass up this book!!!!!
the fact that is true
That was the hard part, I could not put it down even when I had work to do.
Yes. It's history as it was. Unbelieveable, what all of these men went through and some lived.
Edward Herrmann was a great narrator. Wonderful voice.
Each part of the story grabbed you and didn't let go. I am still thinking about it.