I thought I had enough of WWII storytelling and was reluctant to buy this book. I did so based on how much I enjoyed her previous best seller (I love horses) and of course, the online reviews. I was not disappointed. The story was moving, well told and kept me interested, though I knew the hero had made it out alive. The ending got a bit soppy, but overall it was a good "read".
Although I am an atheist, I find it so inspirational when someone finds the faith necessary to conquer their demons and then to forgive those demons on top of it.
A story of survival, resilience, and redemption. Leave out World War II
From the very beginning I was caught up in this powerful story. Upon meeting young Louis and his family, I wanted to hear more about their life, more importantly, his life. To see how this boy grew into a man who would endure so many hardships that war inevitably brings is an inspiration to all. Laura Hillenbrand once again does an excellent job telling a story of real people and events that defines courage and bravery.
Sacrifice. Inspiring. Redemption
Sharks jumping out of the water at Louie.
Louie returns to Japan to reconnect. My father could never do that after fighting at Okinawa.
This is like the Old Man and the Sea meets Indiana Jones. The action is non-stop.
There were many scenes. His overcoming his fear of the "Bird", the survival on the raft, being chased while buck naked as a child, the description of the air ship blotting out the stars and his wonder come quickly to mind.
Lara Hillenbrand did a wonderful job of telling a complex story in an interesting and moving way. She is a great story teller. Ed Herman brings a wonderfulmlife to an already compelling story. I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend this book!
I am an amateur historian, and have read & listened to hundreds of books on wars, soldiering, etc. over the past 20+ years since first being drawn into the subject. Some of the most horrific are the POW stories, and they can turn your stomach. Having read other accounts of Japanese POWs from the war, I was prepared for that part, but what caught me off guard was everything else! Ms. Hillenbrand does a wonderful job of painting the scenes of dispair after the crash. She also makes me feel as though we can see inside Zamperini's soul when describing his post war troubles. This book is a well written uplifting work, and lest I forget, Mr. Herrmann's reading of the piece is fantastic. This is a must for every personal library.
The weave of the tale...wraps you up, pulls you in and holds you close.
Come on, he could read a Microsoft technical manual and make it interesting.
Absolutely. Its a fascinating book about the will to survive under several incredible adverse situations. Once more the WW II history is fascinating.
No. This is a long book. Its worth the time to marinate on the various events between scenes.
Great book w/ an ending that surprised me. Its a true testament to the internal fortitude of man.
The audio version was like having a friend tell me their story.
It's truly a story of redemption and resilience. It's unbelievable that a person could survive what Louie did. But he did and is still with us today. I am thankful he shared his story and hope future generations will learn from it. He is truly an inspiring soul.
A warm yet reassuring voice. He did an excellent job, good pacing and inflection. He painted a picture with his voice.
Many extreme reactions to this story. More than once i was on the edge of my sear, held my breath and sighed with sadness at the plight of the POWs. I also smiled with joy at the optimism and forgiveness shown by Louie.
A must read. A testament to the strength of friendship and the human spirit to not only survive adversity but to succeed because it. To Live Big!
An account of the incredible tour of duty of several World War II servicemen. A compelling read about perseverance, and the worst and best aspects of human nature.
Yes, it was a great listen. I was captivated almost the entire time. It was a fascinating story and I didn't want it to end!
The characters, the narration, how much it felt like fiction even though it was a true story.
His voice kept me captivated. I stayed in the car an extra long time on my drive just so that I could hear the end of the chapter.