must listen for any wwii aficionado.. the author is a wordsmith, painting a brutal, vibrant portrait of torture & anguish.. and leaving room for redemption & forgiveness. literally cried through over half the book, both in heartbreak and soul lifting triumph. highest recommendation
The story of Louis Zamperini is ultimately a triumphant story of the human will and truly inspiring. He is a most remarkable man and the story is one that must be told. Having said this, the audiobook is long, laborious, and languished on with excruciating detail about inhumane abuse that was oftentimes hard to listen to and to endure. The reader should be warned of that. A more abridged version would have been much better appreciated and could have told the depth of story without the reader having to endure the unending detail of abuses. The ending was welcomed. I rejoiced in Mr Zamperini's ultimate victory in his remarkable life of triumph over unspeakable adversity.
Great listen! It is amazing what people can live through and how they can prevail. There were a couple of parts that seemed redundant, but overall enjoyable and I would recommend it!
Yes, this is an undeniably great story of some of the POW's captured in Japan. It is a shocking and horrifying tale of their ordeals and survival.
The only thing is the way the book is written. The narrator is just reading from a book or diary. There is no creativeness here, no story offered. Just some guy reading notes, or someones diary. This does not compare to Sea Bisquit at all. This is something anyone who has done some research could write.
My attention often wanders while listening to audible books ... but not this one. This account of Louis Zamperini's wartime experience scoops you up and carries you along at a breathtaking pace. It is difficult to believe that a man could bear this experience and still keep going.
A knowledge of his youth and pre-war life are important to an understanding of his character, but the description of his early years is a tad long-winded. Interesting enough, but you're anxious to get on with it.
There are moments of humour that provide relief from the relentless misery of Zamperini's experience, touches that author Hillenbrand slips in so deftly that they're almost gone before you catch them and chuckle. She also includes some profound observations on those qualities of the mind that tap a higher order of existence. These observations are brief but effective; they make you want to pause and think about them.
Reminiscent of Blaine Harden's ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14, UNBROKEN will probably stay with you long after you have finished reading or listening to it.