I didn't have the print edition for comparison.
Dalai Lama,"beyond religion". Because it is a story of one man's suffering and eventual redemption. The Dalai speaks of humans as having this divine gift of overcoming suffering and finding their spiritual essence. Louis Zamperini is one of those humans. He endured more than seemed possible for one man to endure and love was the driving force in his redemption.
Louis and Phil.
The calm day in the raft when they became enlightened sitting in the calm beauty of the sea and sky.
Fascinated by WW2 Military History
The pictures and illustrations from the book complement the story in ways not possible simply through audio, so no I would still view the print edition as superior .
The extremely good writing style of the author coupled with the narration of Edward Herrmann.
Louis Zamperini naturally
You will not regret this purchase should you choose to buy it. Excellent story overall.
Not sure that I would
Not necessarily. There was way too much detail. I think I would have been more engaged had it been more concise. It did teach me something about writing. You don't have to include everything you know. Sometimes less is more. It began slow with so much technical war information...got more interesting when they were lost in the ocean. I wasn't thrilled with the ending. This book had been so highly recommended that I was surprised that I didn't enjoy the experience more. Of course the subject matter was hard material to deal with.
It was easy on the ears
Yes, it would probably be a better movie than a book
A generation that gave all and never asked for acknowledgment for their service or sacrifice.
Truth of will.
He brings a credibility as if he witnessed first hand the actual events in the story!
YES!!! But, it was hard not to hate and that was a hard thing to do.
A must for everyone.
I enjoyed Seabiscuit tremendously. This book is also very compelling. My only complaint is that Ms. Hillenbrand occasionally is a bit too hyperbolic in her descriptions. At one point she describes Louis' captures forcing 200 other prisoners to line up and punch Louis in the face as hard as they could. If this actually happened, Louis would have died from the beating.
Seabiscuit was 5 star.
The narrative was very easy to follow. Enjoyed him as a reader.
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.