The writer is an excellent story teller.
I had stumbled upon this book because it was posted on my Audible page. I had missed the movie too. I had spent this month listening to Moby Dick, Ulysses, and one by Eknath Easwaran on the Bhagavad Gita (it is the clearest explanation/translation that I have ever seen). Then I read how Louis Zamperini transcended the most horrific PTSD by discovering his higher power and had also found forgiveness for the unforgivable in a moment of divine clarity. Then Louis spent the rest of his life faithful to his enlightenment. So, Louis Zamperini's ministry struck me even after he has left us. I'm in China these past two years and know of Nanking (Nanjing) and the unforgivable acts of the Japanese here at the same time that they were torturing our American soldiers. Zamperini's ability to recover and forgive is rare and deserves our highest respect. My father was in the Pacific at the same time Zamperini was in the prison camps. Like the movie Saving Private Ryan this book helped me to return to the times of my parents with the horrors of the 20th century's wars. Anyway, just a late note on my respect for the little scoundrel Louis Zamperini who grew up to be a sage and messenger to us all.
Perfect with, sometimes, his own real emotions.
This book changed me. It was a milestone in my own understanding of PTSD.
I had seen the movie adaptation and knew there was more to the story. I could never have imagined the hardships that Louie and all the other POWs faced at the hands of the Japanese. This is a must read (or listen) book.
What an amazing story of not just survival, but also redemption and forgiveness. This should be required reading for any 20th century warfare history class as well as at any Christian college/university.
Yes. It is uplifting, inspiring and narrated by the late great Edward Herrman.
Both. But it was Louie's ability to forgive that moved me the most.
There are so many reasons to recommend this book - how Louie Zamparini became an Olympic athlete, a rare account of the fighting in the Pacific theater during WWII, how the Pacific theater veterans fared after the war. I wondered if I could have survived as a POW and and what anger I would have afterwards. It's this final point that makes this book worth reading. Zamparini was consumed by anger but realized it was only hurting him and those around around him. He forgave his captors, and the anger went away. Remarkable book that stays with you for days.
My family listened to this during a long road trip. We were riveted by it, even the non- history buff daughters. It was really an excellent book! I couldn't recommend it enough.
Yes, the story itself is a truly amazing story of perseverance and survival but the book can be slow at times. There are a lot of character names and details about warplanes that I found boring and hard to keep straight. But there were also some truly jaw dropping moments in the story line. They could have edited out certain things and still kept the story intact.
The ending was predictable (but only because I already knew the true stories of the real people).
Yes, it was slow and I sometimes found myself not paying attention.