Yes, it is an uplifting story of an American hero.
Describing how he made it through the Japanese POW camp.
Louis Zamperini, of course.
War is Hell?
Very good read. The first part of the book was a bit draggy, but it got interesting when it got to the war part.
Inspiring, captivating, breathtaking
I'd compare it to Nelson Mandela's memoir, Long Walk to Freedom. Both of these men overcame adverse circumstances and mistreatment in captivity to become inspiring leaders.
Edward Hermmann is a fabulous professional. If he read an audible version of the phone book, I'd want to hear it. His reading has a very natural and unforced quality and yet it's completely captivating. This isn't the first book I've listened to him read and it is the same consistent high quality with everything I've heard or seen from him.
A life lived with enthusiasm and honor
Well, maybe in a few years as it's almost a 15 hr investment of my time but it taught me SO MUCH history I never learned in school!
Learning about all the people - Louie was amazing! AND, at first, I was wondering WHY I needed to know so much detail about him about his early life - but it was pinnacle to know this for the later part of his life.
Gosh, there were so many times I cried and I was SO moved!
I was given this book to read because I was at an extremely LOW point in my life and told I MUST READ THIS BOOK! ALL thru the book it was SO clear to me WHY she was SO right! Now, I look at my little problems in a whole new light!
Great writing and performance, but the most astounding thing about this work is that it is non-fiction. The statement about humanity is obvious, and well taken. It is the way the statement is made that is astounding. The author uses the outermost extremes of human behavior, good and bad ( or, maybe,breathtaking and horrifying ), sitting side by side, in the life of one man to say something about us. I had this on my ipod, and, at several points, stopped what I was doing and said, "No way" out loud. Don't pass this up, you will be doing your mind and your heart a big favor.
I can only trust that Hillenbrand did not exercise too much poetic license because many events stretched the limits of credibility. Zamperini must have good genes to have endured all that he went through and is still alive at age 95. Herrmann does a good job as narrator.
I couldn't because I became emotionally involved
Louie's unending perserverance for life
his narration style was as if he was a first hand witness during Louie's time
being shot at while fending off sharks and praying
everyone will be inspired one way or another
Hundreds of stories from WWII, this is one of the best. Inspirational!
Last week of captivity
too many to pick one...
Not for the weak stomach....
A great story about adventure, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit. I have read many stories about WWII, and this is one of the very best. It further solidifies my belief this was truly the "Greatest Generation" to whom we, in fact the entire world, owe a great debt. There is nothing in history that compares, nor will there ever be again. God bless America and the many who have died and suffered for her.
This is a gem and one of the best I've listened to on Audible. I highly recommend for everyone. It is riveting and I could not stop listening....a true story and an incredulous one. Don't miss it.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This book is a must read for all Americans. It truly is an insipring story of survival, resilience and redemption, as the title states. I carved out every minute I could to spend time with this book and find out what would happen to Louie next, how he might, or might not, survive, and what would become of his friends.
Hillenbrand expertly tells the stories of Louie's trials and tribulations during the war--the harrowing air battles, the friendships made and the lives that were lost.
Hermann's narration was, as always, excellent. The only reason for the rating of 4 instead of 5 is that he didn't prounounce Ephrata correctly and having to listen to him incorrectly say it over and over just about made be crazy. I was glad when Louie left training so I didn't have to hear "EFreta" instead of "eFRAYtah" any more.
While the redemption part of the story is the shortest part of the book, it is the most important and most inspiring.
Thank you, Louie Zamperini, for serving your country and allowing this story to be told.