Reading this book for me took a long time. The story was very good and Louie Zamperini is now in my mind. After listening to this I feel as though I know him personally. Although it was very good, I am not much of a nonfiction reader so it was not the best book for me. I also thought that although important, not all of the information before and after his capture was relevant to the book, and dragged on just a bit too long. Overall though, this book is good and I would recommend it. :)
This book is informational, challenging and inspirational. It is a must read for anyone looking for inspiration from the life of an ordinary man living life intentionally.
Absolutely a triumphant story of a harrowing tale of survival against all odds. A must read, gives you pause about your struggles in your life. Makes your struggles seem paltry.
Very interesting and much better than the movie. This is my first time reading a book about a real person. So very interesting and narrated exceedingly well. Will definitely recommend .
It makes the hardships of our lives seem so trifling.
It just kept flowing. Hard to stop listening.
While stranded at sea.
It does depict some brutal torture and violence. More for men.
I picked it up because of reviews and it did not disappoint. It is enthralling and the narrator is superb!
Sales and Marketing professional, love to listen to books while on the road for work!
This is an emotional book and the performance keeps you focused on the detailed story.
The author weaves facts together so comprehensively that the reader is enthralled in the experience and personally feels the defeats and victories of this WWII story. I was left feeling grounded in a renewed understanding of forbearance and forgiveness.
It was FABULOUS! Usually if I'm going to read a book I don't see the movie until AFTER I've read. This time the movie was so good I decided to get the book too. I couldn't put it down. I kept finding excuses to sit in my car. DON'T MISS THIS EXCELLENT STORY!
Musician and runner living on the island of Jeju in South Korea.
This was the first audiobook that I listened, and it was almost too good of a starting point. Hillenbrand's reliable research and superb storytelling propel the plot and provide enough historical context along the way for history buffs. Hillenbrand never shies away from the ugly truths of war and it's psychological effects. What I found refreshing is that she is matter-of-fact with her details and does not omit any story aspects that shed light on Zamperini's flaws.
Hillenbrand also takes great care to be balanced and shed light on lesser known heroes such as Russell Philips. There is an effort to understand the story's main villain Mutsohiro Watanabe, but Japanese sources seem to remain scarce and the novel mostly maintains a United States perspective.
Held together by Edward Hermann's spot-on narration, this is a must-listen for audiobook enthusiasts. The novel is equal parts inspiration, informative and entertaining and provides enough closure for a satisfying ending. It's a celebration of an incredible life and the human spirit that it reflects.