I find the quality of resolve or the human spirit to overcome adversity a most remarkable trait. It is to the degree of the hurdle and ultimately success strengthens the phrase "press on" to solve our problems.
Yes, the story and characters are griping!
Laura Hillenbrand's writing absolutely captivates listeners! From the monotony of the lapping ocean to the shiver that runs up your back when Louis encounters his torturer! The story is amazing and Ms Hillenbrand has captured it masterfully....very well done!
The fact that it's a true story that shows the full man not just part.
the main character
I'm sorry but I have but it's been a while so I can't faithfully compare.
I wanted to but 14 hrs won't let me do that. Something about work,eating, and sleeping.
I also liked how the author took other POW's words and they were acknowledged. As much as we look back and see the suffering and pain, I hope we never forget. What the greatest generation gave us as a gift(their suffering and lives). Also what the current generation is giving to future generations. Thanks again for all our veterans and their selfless sacrifices they give and have gave.
I tend to listen to novels and read non-fiction. Edward Herrman's narration of "Unbroken" was the perfect companion to a couple of road trips and was such an engaging page-turner, I often listened in short 20-minute jaunts across town. A perfect way to enjoy this brilliantly told story.
Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" is an outstanding book, offering an extremely well-told (and well researched) intimate true story of not just one man, but of World War II, our Greatest Generation, and the human condition. A real human interest, historical page-turner. 5 Stars is not enough!
I listened to the Random House audio recording via Audible.com and narrator Edward Herrman brings the story to life superbly, keeping me engaged without thinking of his voice, inflections, etc. So I give the audiobook 5 stars for Overall, Performance and Story.
Unbroken is a series of moving chapters, one right after the other with none disappointing. We become engaged and empathetic with the star character, youthful scoundrel, Olympic runner and bombardier Louis Zamperini from the opening page and Hillenbrand never loses her readers even to the last sentence. I was completely swept up in the entire story, every chapter, but have to admit I was surprised, relieved and delighted with the outcome of Louis life and recovery from the dark tragedy of his war and immediate post-war experience. Hillenbrand, Unbroken and the life of Louis Zamperini give great meaning to the concept of being "born again."
This is definitely a must-read and a book that will forever remain on my list of recommendations, perhaps even above "Flag of Our Fathers".
This is an amazing story, perfectly paced and masterfully told. Generally I avoid war stories of any kind but reluctantly made an exception based upon the high recommendation and urging of a friend. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't pull myself away until the end It kept me up til the wee hours of morning, finishing it in less than a day. It truly is a Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption that you will not soon forget. Just one point of caution; the survival part of the story is not for faint of heart Nothing gratuitous just a clear account of the cruelty and dehumanizing treatment of WWII POW"s. Beautifully written but sometimes emotionally draining for the reader. Impeccably narrated as well.
Very good performance and the history about WW 2 is very valuable. It is important that history about the Japanese treatment of all people in WW 2 is know and not covered up.
An excellent book
I am not normally known for buying books about war, but something drew me to this one and I'm really pleased I bought it.
Can't put down
The fact he remembered the promise he made to God to work the rest of his life for Him. He saw great improvements in life, truly inspirational.
Indomitable Human Spirit
Inspires us to never give up. If you think you've got it rough, read this ... you can make it!
This book is agreat story of the life of a POW during captivity and lif after his rescue. The descripition of the POW camps is shocking and the story of survival stunning.