Yes. This book not only gives an insight to the life in a Japannese concentration camp, it also challenges you
I have always heard of the World War II holocaust survival stories but never a pow survival story. It brought the pacific side of the WWII horror story into light. Best book I have heard in years.
a great narration of a hard to fathom true story. you could never for this all in a 2.5hr movie but the book is so much more intense and about much more then Lou. covered with facts and testimonials that it is so sad that most prisoners have passed now. had i been able to hear this book 20 or more years ago i would have reached out more and pushed the VA to do more and definitely chastised the government over the production of the B24.
Good info on the WW2 Against Japan & prisoners of same. It met my expectations the history of the crew of the B24 & the survival of some at the sea is very informative. The survival of the prisoners of war is amazing.
Father, Author, Podcaster, Martial Artist
I was moved. Way deeper story than the movie. At times it was hard to remember this is a true story. Thank you Louie!
The writing was disjointed and in many cases unbelievable. Like when they were under attack in the air and the gun Phil was using could kill a man 4 miles away. Or that Louie was actually thinking anything other than "I gotta get outta here" while the plane was dragging him down and he was wrapped in wires and went unconscious and then suddenly had the mind to get out of there and up to air. Or that he was the sole hero of the lifeboats and that Mac ate all the chocolate without anyone knowing and on and on and on... If I didn't know better, I'd say that Louie won the war single-handedly! Implausible and too many fictionalized and sensationalized passages. I will admit, I could not fathom the idea of spending 9 more hours listening to it after the first six hours of such boring writing. The performance was dry and choppy as well. I liked the reader's voice tone, but there was no performance value -- which I suppose was par for the course since the writing had no emotion.
Bread or Death by Milt Kleinberg is coming out, and I'm now listening the Lucy Lipiner's Lusia's Long Journey Home.
Just kind of boring -- but I do think it was partly due to the writing being so choppy
I found myself saying "Oh Paleeze" several times. I did get angry that the story was embellished to the point where it belittled the efforts of all the other men. Also, it made the men look like a bunch of buffoons a lot. I can't believe so many other five star reviews, when so many other people had loved ones in the throes of battle too. Why embellish and fictionalize? Movie rights I assume.
Not even interested in finishing it -- six hours is all the commitment of my time I am willing to give this book. I just have too many other books that are well written and interesting to read.
This was probably one of the best books I've listened to in the Audible Library. The story was incredibly gripping as it covered the story of regular American through his life as a burgeoning track star whose career was cut short by World War II through his service as a bombardier on a B24 bomber during the war, as a survivor on a raft that drifted for over 40 days in the Pacific Ocean to the sadistic treatment he suffered as a prisoner in several Japanese POW camp to the demons that he had to confront as he tried to put his life together following the war to his final redemption. Louie is probably one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet in a book. Laura Hillenbrand did an great job with this book and Edward Herman's narration was fabulous. I think that the most incredible portion of the book was his internment in the POW camps and how he was somehow able to survive the war. This is a great book and a great recording. Well worth the listen
This was an unbelievable tale of survival and hope. I found my self listening to the book long after I got home. I would be just sitting in my car listening, I didn't want to stop.