In 1967 I was a US Marine in Viet Nam. I was wounded three times and spent over a year recovering in the hospital. Compared to what this man went through, I feel like I was on a Cub Scout camping trip. Today the word hero is thrown around to anyone in uniform. Anyone who reads this book will understand what real heroism is. The time he spent in a life raft would have killed most men. But the time he spent in a Japanese POW camp is the ultimate example of a man's will to survive. I wish they could make an accurate movie about Louie's experience but I doubt it's possible . If American's saw the way the POW's were mistreated under the Japanese, it would set back relations 100 years. For anyone wants to read the ultimate WW2 book on courage, this is a must.. Former Sgt Stephen Smith USMC
The fact that Laura never met Louie in person due to her medical condition, the amount of data she was able to gather over years of research is amazing.
An unbelievable true story of an inspiring man's life. I would consider it an honor to shake his hand.
Incredible, unrelenting, riveting.
To End All Wars
Human suffering, Survival, Forgiveness, Redemption, WWI
Sharks & Japs
Disgust. Wonderment. Yes, tears, chuckles and outrage.
His will to survive!
His sea survival journey...especially when he first sighted land.
All were well performed and necessary to the story.
As a former career USAF Navigator who flew search and rescue missions in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, I could appreciate the realism in much of the story.
Laura Hillenbrand's ability to put you RIGHT there with Louis Zamperini while he went through horrific WWII POW experiences and Edward Herrmann's narration made listening to this book almost a fixation until it was done. A true story of endurance, friendship, and the horrors that people can inflict on each other was totally compelling. There were tears at times and amazement that people could actually live through it.
I think one of the most memorable moments was when the Americans came flying by, dropping life-saving food, drink and medicines. It's hard to even imagine what that truly felt like to those men.
Not only is Edward Herrmann a great actor, but his voice phrasing, inflections put you into the story. Only when you had to stop at times did I realize what a perfect voice he had for this story.
There were really MANY moments that moved me to tears and/or wonderment. The time in the raft, the sufferings in the camp, the rescue. The fact that this is a true story and that he is still alive at 95 made it even more amazing.
Laura Hillenbrand's writing is perfection to me. Seabiscuit had us glued to the cd. The fact that my husband's uncle was a jockey at Santa Anita at that time gave us a little thrill of connection. I spent 2 hours on the computer reading even more. Now, with Unbroken, I did the same thing. Right to the computer....looking up the Zamperinis.
If you love great writing, read these books.
This book brought WW11 to life. I felt as if I were there right beside the POWs.
Louie was my favorite because of his stamina and resilience.
This book made me think about all the service men and women and what some have endured.
Part 2 can get a little long at the beginning, but the ending is well worth listening to the whole book.
I bought this one during a "books your parents would love" promotion. Being a veteran, red-blooded American, and history nerd, I enjoy good WWII action. This was SO MUCH MORE. World War II fighting, patriotism, survival, faith, conflict, ... it's exhausting, but like a good workout, it's so worth it. I've pushed this onto all of my friends, and they've all thanked me. It is not something they would have picked on their own, and they all owe me!!
Such an amazing, inspiring and touching story! There was nothing I didn't like about it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone! Especially Gen X and Yers like myself. It really gives a window into what living during wartime was like and the huge sacrifices that so many young men and women made...something that I think unfortunately gets glossed over in history classes these days.
Yes, because it was a great story about a life full of unbelievable situations and how he ultimately triumphed