This true story is why this generation is truly America's greatest generation. This is a must read in my opinion so we never forget the sacrifices this generation gave so that we could live FREE.
Hearing this incredible story of tragedy, survival, triumph and forgiveness, is even more of a spiritual journey through the incomparable narration of Edward Herman. It had been on my wish list for a long time, so I must have needed reminding at this very moment in time what the human spirit can do when pushed beyond our limits and into the Hands of God. Thank you to all of the men and women across the globe who have served to keep our world a safer place.
This was a fantastic book, very well researched and inspiring. My greatest respect goes to this man who endured years of abuse and trauma but who also discovered forgiveness.
This audiobook opens a hidden treasure of hard to comprehend details of not only Louis Zamperini's war experience but all the South Pacific POWs who suffered unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the Japanese, he was a juvenile delinquent, then one of the greatest track stars of all time, and then plunged into experiences which would have destroyed the most hard core special forces soldiers, time after time he truly should have died but he didn't know how to quit or give up, even when at deaths door from starvation and tropical diseases and the merciless beatings he received almost daily he never gave up his compassion for others, when about to die of starvation or thirst he always shared or gave away his meager rations, his courage was not a single heroic act but a lifetime of daily heroism, a truly great man and his true life experiences compare to stories from the bible or the adventures of Ulysses, Louis was indomitable!
It is sad that Louie Zamperini is not celebrated in America as the hero he obviously was. Until I read this book I hadn't even heard his name. The fact that a person who loves history and regularly studies it would not know anything of this man's amazing life is sad.
I have listened to this book three times and each time I am struck by the fact that Louie was so strong and such a wonderfully positive man. The relationship between him and his family especially Pete is thrilling.
I have also seen the movie and I have to say they really missed the heart of the story. The fact that Louie was truly saved by God at the Billy Graham revival and through that was able to not only forgive but embraced his tormentors is a really wonderful story.
This book is truly one of the most inspiring that I have ever read. I was in tears throughout the story, and especially at the end. Louis' wartime experiences with his fellow POWs is beyond the scope of human imagination. I learned much about WW2 in the South Pacific theatre and now have a deeper appreciation for our VFWs.
This is a must read.
This is one of the greatest stories I have ever heard. It is a story no one should miss. what is the saying, " Those who forget the truly terrible things of history are doomed to repeat them. To think of all the terrible things that those POWS went through and how Louie was able to through the great grace of God, forgive all those men who tortured and hurt him so badly even the Bird. and how the Bird was not able to accept Louis forgiveness. This story is something everyone should hear, and enjoy.