If you're a sad, self-righteous, ignorant bandwagon-jumper who loves the sensationalism of today's media-driven society and can't bring themselves to appreciate or accept that people like this existed and ended up contributing so much to their country, community, and the positive aspects of American society (independent of any religious affiliation), then you may not like this book. There is well-earned and thoroughly justified reason why the majority (outliers acknowledged) of the members of The Greatest Generation were just that - members of The Greatest Generation.
For any person (not just American) who can understand and appreciate how one person's story of enduring, dealing with, and ultimately overcoming the incredible challenges of survival and hardship experienced and finally triumphed over by Louis Zamperini, and how that person's accurately told story can be so indicative of such a large segment of their generation, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this book.
My heart goes out to those trifle few who lack the ability to see the powerful nature of this book. I pity their existence and earnestly hope their effect on society is absolutely minimal and localized. To all others, enjoy! (you very likely will - just look at the number of reviews and the average rating... It's hard to argue with that - no matter how 'good' of a 'critic' you might be.
If you're on the fence, just get the book, you most-likely won't regret it. (unless you fall in the unfortunate and lost-cause group described above).
I literally would turn this audiobook on when I awoke & listen until I fell asleep, late into the night. Truly a purchase worth the costs. I'm now taking my 3 teenage sons through it. Highly recommended.
Read this book years ago. Listening once again. Great message and reminder of sacrifice of others and what can be overcome!
I saw the movie first, by chance then was recommended the book by a book club. It was an unbelievably moving experience listening to the endeavors of this incredible man. His story is an inspiration and a lesson to us all about the true depths of ones character and just how far we are capable of going, even in the darkest of times.
this story gets difficult at times. torture scenes are lengthy and frequent. point was established with one or two less inclusions.