Simply the best audio book I've ever heard. Really makes you think about how thankful one should be about just the basic things in life!
An amazing story wrapped up in a lesson of history, geography,endurance and perseverance!
Some of the things that happened to the POWs in the prison camps was very hard for me to listen to; I wept at the strength and faith of these men.
I would have struggled with the Japanese names and phrases.
I was humbled and educated by this book. Well worth listening to.
I would and probably will listen again. Have been so anxious to hear the next part, that I will need to listen again to catch all the details
The development of the characters, whether you like them or not. And when I have emotions about a character, I know the author has managed to write them well. The narration is superb.
Of course Louie as the primary character must be a favorite. But Phil may be the most easily liked.
The whole range of emotions are tapped with this book. Since I haven't finished it yet, there is more to experience I am sure. Laugh , cry, become angry etc feel it all with this story.
The fact that's a true story and the ending is FANTASTIC
I'm not someone that thinks the last book I read is my favorite book. I've had one favorite book for the past 25 years until Unbroken. The book and the story is amazing. The ending is fantastic and unexpected in more ways than one. I read the book first and then listened to it on audio.
If you know nothing about this book, you will be fascinated with the main character by the end of this book. The author is an amazing story teller, and the story is an amazing one to be told.
I found my-self wanting to learn so much more... Can't wait to see the movie, which must undoubtedly come.
Yes. It is a very inspirational story about a man who overcame much tragedy and brutality as a castaway and then as a POW. He did not come through it unscathed, but battled on in his own way.
Louis as the main charater in the story left the strongest impression. His humble beginnings and the trouble he got into as a child and then finding a purpose in trying to become the first man to run a 4-minute mile. He may have been the first were it not for the war and the hardships he endured. Then at the end when he turned his life around from the out-of-control spiral that it had become and resolved to forgive his captors and his jailors. His devotion to giving the inner-city youth an opportunity to see life beyond the concrete is also ver commendable.
When he was trying to leave Billy Graham's tent revival and could not because of the call of God.
There were many distressing scenes when you think about what Louis lost when his plane when down and the deteriation of his body through the long period in the life raft and throughout his capture and imprisionment at the hands of the Japanese. Having spent some time in Japan, I find it difficult to imagine how many people where in a like mind as these people were during the war and it is heartbreaking what he and the other prisioners when through. I had an uncle that was a POW in Japan who went blind as a result of working in the sun with no hat or eyeshade of any kind. The were several times when my emotions took over while listening to this book.
This story revealed a side of the Japanese mentality during word war ll that I was unaware of.
Louis Zamperini's life story would make a good book without his WW ll experience, with that added it is a great book that should not be missed.
Edward Hermann's performance is flawless and brings the story to life with just the right amount of emotion.
Unbroken says it all
This book will always be one of my very favorites. The spirit that these men exhibited during the harshest conditions imaginable is unbelievable. The author's description of the final days of the war for the prisoner's brought tears to my eyes.
As this was a "war story" written by a woman, I was very skeptical and read it only because it was my book club selection. Once I got into it, it was so gripping and relevant to all humans. Every day my heart aches for everything POWs had to endure and I am filled with gratitude at how easy my life is
Unbelievable what these men went through. Just when you thought all was lost, or that they were on the verge of being saved, a new twist. The opening through the survival at sea was riveting while the POW section went on and on a bit like torture; but to be fair, I have no idea what I would have left out. Amazing courage.
This was an excellent audiobook, I would reccomend this book to folks interested in WWII and the Japanese-which would usually not include me. But this American hero who spent 47 days in a bullet filled raft and and another year and half in a slew of horrid Japanese prison camps after his plane went down is fascinating. Good narration as well.