Definitely a must read! I usually shy away from history or WWII books, but this one kept my attention. Knowing that it was a true story made it much more enjoyable!
Perhaps, after a while. Although it was a terrific story, it was difficult to hear some of the horrendous conditions Zamperini had to endure.
Yes, I never cared for history as a child, but as I've gotten older I love learning about real people and their real life hardships and achievements.
Absolutely, Laura Hillenbrand is a very talented writer who wove the story of Louie Zamperini's life from his childhood to athletic achievements, courage in the face of torture, romance and finally, his faith journey in such a way that you really felt like you knew him , his family, friends and comrades. The book opens with a scene that is absolutely riveting and it keeps you enthralled like a good novel!
Nothing I can think of.
This book was so well done it makes me want to look into other books by this author. Bravo!
You just can't make this story up. Louis is a complex guy. But how he managed to survive is beyond amazing. It's a story of resilience without making him out to be a hero. Just a human being like the rest of us who managed to come through. And you just have to wonder at the darkness of humanity that let such horrors happen. That he then found the grace to forgive is even more amazing. Edward Hermann's narration does it all justice.
So well written that you actually feel like you're there.
Would have to be the main character
Narration was excellent.
Not really any reaction but certainly kept my attention.
I needed to drive for 8 hours from Woodbridge, VA to Asheville, NC. recently. I listened to the first half of the book on the way down and actually finished the book as I was pulling into the parking lot at home on the return trip. Really made the trip a pleasure! I already have another book downloaded for my next trip!
It's an incredible, true story so well-written I almost felt like I was there. I could see the characters and environments vividly as the story unfolded. I loved the book and sent it to my father who was a WWII vet who flew in the South Pacific during the war.
Louis, of course. He was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things and the author was able to show him in a very full and layered fashion.
That's very hard to say - there were so many different times and places.
Yes, when Louis was able to forgive and went back to Japan to face his captors.
This book was a truly amazing story giving a historical perspective of WWII as well.
The story, the characters, the reader. All were absolutely incredible.
The stunning turnaround in Louis Z's life at the end.
No, but now I want to.
This is truly an incredible story about what our POWs in the Pacific theater of WWII endured. I've been Air Force officer for 18 years and am a pretty good student of military history, but must say I am a little ashamed to not have known a lot about this part of WWII. If anyone feels their life is tough, just read/listen to this story and you will gain a completely new perspective, and a deeper appreciation for being an American.
The story of Louis Zamporini is like none other... you will never regret buying this book. even for full price. The reader I think is the guy who does the history channel. His voice is amazing and it will hook you to audiobooks for a lifetime.
the Sharks, oh the sharks. thats the point where you wont ever go back
Laugh... many times. and feel a lot of other things too.
wonderfully done edward and laura. your work has made me have a few great days... thats all it took to get through that book.
This audio edition has been my favorite so far.
The story is an outstanding one of courage and bravery that is unmatched in any other accounts that I have read.
Mr. Herrmann's narration was superb. His voice was strong like the character and easy to listen to.
The entire story was gripping. I have no particular favorite chapters, they all were outstanding.
What a story of survival! I hope to find additional selections narrated by Mr. Herrmann.