An account of the incredible tour of duty of several World War II servicemen. A compelling read about perseverance, and the worst and best aspects of human nature.
Yes, it was a great listen. I was captivated almost the entire time. It was a fascinating story and I didn't want it to end!
The characters, the narration, how much it felt like fiction even though it was a true story.
His voice kept me captivated. I stayed in the car an extra long time on my drive just so that I could hear the end of the chapter.
Tell us about yourself!
Probably up there with the greatest stories of survival ever told. Louie Zamperini is a remarkable human being, but the story that shaped him into the man he later became was on of the most intense, enjoyable listens I have ever had. I cannot see how anyone would not enjoy this book. Following transformation of Zamperini from thief, to track star, to soldier, to husband and father was a pleasure. Highly suggested and should be required reading for students learning about the WWII era.
Yes. There is so much detail about his early life, running and of course the war time experiences. I have not encountered such day to day reporting of what was going on in the Pacific experience and in the POW camps. The survival techniques were amazing but its still difficult to imagine how he survived all that happened to him.
All of it.
A story of survival
Really Enjoyed this story. Ed Hermann's performance added so much to tale of bravery and survival under the most inhumane conditions. Bravo!
This was my first book on audible. Loved it! I was engrossed from the beginning. The writer was very through and the reading was compelling.
How the characters related to real life without being to graffic.
Loved them all, but louie's mom and her faith was the one that stood out the most to me.
Yes. I laughed, cried and had to remind myself that the war was decades ago and not be angry. On occasion I was surprised yet again of the evilness in man.
Absolutely! This book is very well written. Hillenbrand is an excellent author. I was taken back to an era that my grandparents grew up in and times that they lived. This book has tremendous historical value.
All of it--the whole book read like a gripping movie playing in my head.
The whole section on their survival at sea held me captivated.
I loved the fact that Louis and Phil never told Mack's family that he had innitially eaten all of their sea rations out of panic during the first night on the raft in order to maintain Mack's honor.
I think people for generations to come have much to learn from this book. It is full of struggle, humanity, kindness, forgiveness, honor, virtue, perseverence, courage, valor...
Happy, sad, gut wrenching.
The history and action brings WWII to life.
Narration is incredible.
I chose this to listen to while on a road trip with the husband. I was not sure if either of us would enjoy listening to a historical non-fiction.
Edward Herrman was the solitary reason we chose this for our road trip. He read this lovely, engaging and informative piece of work with humor and sensitivity.
Hillenbrand is a fantastic writer and it's obvious she researches each detail painstakingly, leaving out nothing.
A fantastic life story with enough humor to soften the horrors that were recounted
My reaction was one of shock at not having known about some of the horrors that were part of WWII
Highly, highly recommend as an inspiring story of survival and a personal account of living during WWII.