I had seen the movie adaptation and knew there was more to the story. I could never have imagined the hardships that Louie and all the other POWs faced at the hands of the Japanese. This is a must read (or listen) book.
What an amazing story of not just survival, but also redemption and forgiveness. This should be required reading for any 20th century warfare history class as well as at any Christian college/university.
Yes. It is uplifting, inspiring and narrated by the late great Edward Herrman.
Both. But it was Louie's ability to forgive that moved me the most.
There are so many reasons to recommend this book - how Louie Zamparini became an Olympic athlete, a rare account of the fighting in the Pacific theater during WWII, how the Pacific theater veterans fared after the war. I wondered if I could have survived as a POW and and what anger I would have afterwards. It's this final point that makes this book worth reading. Zamparini was consumed by anger but realized it was only hurting him and those around around him. He forgave his captors, and the anger went away. Remarkable book that stays with you for days.
My family listened to this during a long road trip. We were riveted by it, even the non- history buff daughters. It was really an excellent book! I couldn't recommend it enough.
Yes, the story itself is a truly amazing story of perseverance and survival but the book can be slow at times. There are a lot of character names and details about warplanes that I found boring and hard to keep straight. But there were also some truly jaw dropping moments in the story line. They could have edited out certain things and still kept the story intact.
The ending was predictable (but only because I already knew the true stories of the real people).
Yes, it was slow and I sometimes found myself not paying attention.