I have almost never quit listening to an audio book. I quit this one in disgust. I don't know who is embellishing here, Louie or the author, but somebody is. This book is The Louie Show from start to the middle, where I quit.
I began to get hints in the very beginning that Louie was going to turn into mega-Christian before it was all said and done, but having never heard of the guy before, it was just little hints. By the time I got to the crash and the "miraculous" disappearance of the wires, I was sure of it. Sure enough to Google his name to verify I was right. I quit listening just before the end of the sea saga.
This is one of those "God preserved me and brought me through all sorts of trials" stories. While I'm absolutely certain that the basics of the story are true (Louis Zamperini does, in fact, exist. He was an Olympic runner. He was in WWII and crashed and survived a horrific ordeal.), I am equally certain that much of the story as told in this book is just fabricated beyond belief.
I don't mind fiction. I listen to/read a lot of it. But I like knowing that fiction is, in fact, fiction.
This is a great story, and inspiring. holds your interest even though you know the end of the story. very well written and nice that it doesn't just end at WWII's end.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! It is hard to believe that someone could have gone through the horrible ordeal that Louis Zamperini did and survive, but this book definitely shows what a true hero is made of. I couldn't put this book down. It is a must-read.
Multiple friends told me about this book before I listened to it and although I had heard of Laura Hillenbrand, mostly for Seabiscuit, I hadn't read/listened to a book of hers yet.
Unbroken is absolutely a brilliant, compelling, tear jerking book of what the human soul can tolerate. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written. A must read/listen.
The story was inspiring, gripping, and just about everything else you want in audio entertainment.
Lone Survivor, American Sniper, Marine Sniper
Had not heard any before this book. He was really good with the delivery.
The Bird needed some freaking payback. This psychopath needed to be slowly and deliberately made to suffer.
This book is amazing! But now i will pick apart a specific incident, the author and Louie do not blame Phil. Well guess what, he was the PIC and I absolutely lay the blame for the deaths of the crew- and Louie, and Phil's circumstances on Phil. Phil, himself should have feathered the motor. Even if you disagree with that statement, Phil should have specifically instructed the SPECIFIC motor to feather. Right there are 2 colossal mistakes. Okay, so moving forward with the # 1 not feathered and the perfectly good # 2 motor that is now mistakenly feathered what does this incompetent "captain" do? Full power on 3 & 4? Result inverted airplane in the drink.
The Brave Souls who fought in wwII
When the men where lost on the refdt
It mad me cry alot
One of the best books ever
The author created a easy to follow story of this amazing man. This man's story is so amazing it is hard to believe. Louie is a someone you like from the very start. His war experience in the POW camps is gut wrenching. I highly recommend the book.
His return home after being imprisoned in the Japanese POW camps.
I was horrified by the cruelty of the POW camps and what the men had to endure.
Worth Listening to
The story of Louis Zamperini and the faith of his family.
Edward Herrmann is the consummate professional. He could every book at Audible.
The author goes to extremes too much. Everything was the longest, hardest, worst, best, etc.
Far and away the best audio book ever, Unbroken goes beyond any biography I've ever read or heard. Other reviewers have captured the incredible detail and compelling emotion of this experience much better than I can. Just do yourself a huge favor and buy this book! The reader does an incredible job of interjecting the appropriate verbal subtleties that make this not just a great story but a great story to listen to. I can't believe the fellow this happened to is still alive today and talking about his experience! How amazing if the younger generation, so far removed from what World War is, could hear first hand through this book how horrible war is and why we owe our veterans honor and respect.
If this is not made into a movie, I think we reviewers should all pool our funds and make one- it'll gross millions!
Unbroken is my 2nd favorite Audio book so far.
The details of Louis Zamprorini's life are extrodinary and inspiring
For me the book bogged down in a couple of places with volumes of statistic not related to Louie's story. helpful, but not necessary.