This true story of WW II is one of the most unbelievable stories I have ever heard! What this man went through is difficult to think about, and his survival and return to humanity is an amazing journey, vividly told by the author. Edward Herrmann's narration is outstanding as well, and really brought the story to life.
This is a moving and thought provoking account of how perseverance, faith and forgiveness can conquer any disaster that life brings.
Young Men and Fire
It's a true story that is told with a patient completeness that sets you right there in WWII just as with the Smoke jumpers in 1959 in Montana.
Louis Zamporini is stellar and almost seems to superhuman to have been a real person.
I cried and laughed but near the end, I cried mostly.
Amazing epic tale that seems to have eluded Hollywood. Thank God so many great stories have yet to be ruined by making stupid films...
A toss here. Normally the print version is tough to beat but Edward Herrmann has that ever so perfect voice that few (if any) narrators can match.
An uplifting story of challenges of such magnitude it's hard to imagine this man survived.I think this story is also insightful as to that WWII generation that served. What a great bunch that we so dearly miss now that many of them have passed.
What can I say, his narration has that tonal quality, inflection, and cadence that make the story so totally engrossing.
Uplifting. Inspiring. Breathtaking.
Through harrowing and heartbreaking experiences, the story takes you in and welcomes you.
Edward Hermann's personal touch is the highest art of storytelling.
Heroes are made...not born.
Yes. Always recommend true stories.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. The part about being lost at sea and surviving is strikingly similar.
The experience of joy and sadness can be felt in the voice.
Many moments in the book moved me.
I don't normally read/listen to non-fiction books but this story was amazing. The narrator does a wonderful job as well.
It was emotional
When the prisoners were at the river and the American plane signaled the war was over.
When the Americans dropped supplies and food to the prisoners.
This book was so captivating that at times I wanted to quit reading it because I didn't want the prisoners or Louie to endure anymore punishment. After I read the book I went on the Internet to learn more about Louis Zamperini. Laura Hillenbrand hits the mark with this book. Can't wait for the movie.
This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read! Just when you think things can't get any worse they do! I love the strength shown by the American soldier. Louie has become one of my heroes!
This book had me on the verge of crying almost from the first chapter! So thankful for a wonderful ending!
I have almost never quit listening to an audio book. I quit this one in disgust. I don't know who is embellishing here, Louie or the author, but somebody is. This book is The Louie Show from start to the middle, where I quit.
I began to get hints in the very beginning that Louie was going to turn into mega-Christian before it was all said and done, but having never heard of the guy before, it was just little hints. By the time I got to the crash and the "miraculous" disappearance of the wires, I was sure of it. Sure enough to Google his name to verify I was right. I quit listening just before the end of the sea saga.
This is one of those "God preserved me and brought me through all sorts of trials" stories. While I'm absolutely certain that the basics of the story are true (Louis Zamperini does, in fact, exist. He was an Olympic runner. He was in WWII and crashed and survived a horrific ordeal.), I am equally certain that much of the story as told in this book is just fabricated beyond belief.
I don't mind fiction. I listen to/read a lot of it. But I like knowing that fiction is, in fact, fiction.
This is a great story, and inspiring. holds your interest even though you know the end of the story. very well written and nice that it doesn't just end at WWII's end.