One of the best I've ever listened to.
I liked that it was an incredible true story of an amazing and inspiring person.
Would have been nice, but it was way too long, so I spread it out over 2 weeks of commuting to work.
This might be the very best in terms of both story and narration.
Very moving and inspirational.
Narration is top-notch.
I listen to audiobooks while I run (more like a slow plod), and I almost ran a 10k every day just to get a chance to be alone with this book.
I heard about this book after reading a review in the local newspaper. I was stricken with curiousity immediately. I couldn't wait to read it. Then a segment on CBS Sunday Morning sealed the deal. I knew it was a must read. I decided that I would like to hear the story instead of reading and it didn't disappoint. The narrator took me to Louis' adventures and misadventures that I didn't want to stop listening. I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know what happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful, true story of triumph of an american hero.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's a very well-done, detailed true story of a unique and remarkable man who survived internment in several Japanese POW camps during WWII and eventually began to thrive and to help others improve their lives, particularly by sharing his Christian beliefs. While one hesitates to say anything negative when discussing his horrific experiences and acknowledging the price he paid for his service, I have to say the book is in places overly dramatic and at times not believable. It is perhaps even a bit cultish. But it is a powerful story that spotlights the brutality of the Japanese military during WWII, a topic avoided these days because of our current favorable relationship with Japan. The reader gets a little rushed in places and, because there are no obvious breaks for paragraphs, events seem to get crowded together in ways that seem odd. I think if one were reading the book it would be obvious that time had passed between certain events but when listening it seems that they follow on each other non-stop.
Simply excellent, on all levels. Even better than Seabiscuit (and that's saying a lot!).
The drama and depth of the characters
Overall his performance was superb.
Couldn't stop. A truely GREAT read and picture into history.
Would recommend to anyone who loves history, romance, and true crime...
Laura Hillenbrand has done another excellent job researching and writing. Her characterizations are clear and compelling. The story is better than any fiction that I have read in a long time.
I thought I had enough of WWII storytelling and was reluctant to buy this book. I did so based on how much I enjoyed her previous best seller (I love horses) and of course, the online reviews. I was not disappointed. The story was moving, well told and kept me interested, though I knew the hero had made it out alive. The ending got a bit soppy, but overall it was a good "read".
Although I am an atheist, I find it so inspirational when someone finds the faith necessary to conquer their demons and then to forgive those demons on top of it.
A story of survival, resilience, and redemption. Leave out World War II