This story is so unbelievable, and I really appreciated how even though it shows the dark side of human nature the end has a very uplifting resolution.
I'd recommend this story to anyone. The narration is pleasant, the story is absolutely unbelievable, and the writing is second to none.
I listen to books on my long commute.
No, although well written and an unforgettable story, I would not choose to live through it again. Although I think everyone should know that these tragedies happened.
I don't read books like this often. It was like the Titanic in that you knew what was going to happen but the story was compelling and you had to know the details.
Parts of the book I could not take listening for too long.
Great story, well written, and narrated. Highly recommended even though this is not my typical genre. This story gave me better historical perspective on Japan's deeds in WWII.
By far and away the best !
The research and depth of description.
The reader was terrific. He emoted the different roles extremely well.
I listened in my car and had to pull over twice due to my tears....
Great book. Beautifully narrated. An amazing story of true grit.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
Unbroken ranks right at the top of all of the audiobooks I have listened too. This book tells the story of a remarkable man and the men that served with him. For those that think that we were wrong in using "the bomb", they need to read this book. I learned a great deal by listening to it.
I have nothing to compare it too.
They where all good.
The cruelty of the Japanese during World War 2 was far more than I had expected. I expected far more from a race of people that thought that they where the "superior race".
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.