Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.
Yes. It would be tough. But I would do it. It's one of those books where you realize that there are real-life people who are like the heroes read about in fiction books. They take knock after knock and keep getting up. Louie was that guy. And his story is amazing.
One of the most memorable moments to me was on the life raft. The three men were trying to simply survive the elements. They got hit with one challenge after another and just when you think they cannot get any weaker or they'll die. They get attacked by sharks! The writing in this particular part gave me chills. When the sharks rubbed their backs along the bottom of the boat, I imagined how it would feel knowing the only thing separating you from this man-eating beast is a piece of vinyl.
It made me cry. A lot. It affected me. I had to take a break at one point. For days. I had to give myself a pep talk to get back to it. It was that moving.
The movie did not do Louie's life or this book justice.
I love a WWII story. Usually such stories focus on Europe, particularly the goings-on in France and Germany. Hillenbrand tells the story on the Pacific side beautifully, weaving in historical facts to a truly remarkable, tear-inducing story of one bombardier that captures the American spirit. Really this story is unbelievable and inspiring. Five stars all around.
Laura Hillenbrand does it again! With her amazing knack for detail she weaves an interesting and historically accurate tale. I felt inspired by Louis' story. Also, the narration was excellent.
This book was my first Audible purchase and I lucked into the best choice possible! Anyone who loves suspense, great detail, vivid imagery, and a hopeful story would love this book. Also a great listen for any history buffs or those who love war stories.
My husband, teenage nephew, and I went on a road trip and no one slept on the 13 hour drive - we wanted to hurry back to the car at stops to find out what would be next.
"Unbroken" is not a light or short read, but it well worth the time. I highly recommend it to all ages (early teens and up).
Gripping from the start and I'm so glad the book goes into so much more detail into this amazing man than the movie. Some of the torture seemed repetitive but exceptionally narrated.