Everything. The narration was great!
The will to survive. I didnt have any idea what this book was about, to be honest. I thought it was ony about surviving on the raft! One friend had told me, they were on the raft for 50 days. I thought he had given away the book. I had no idea that the raft was only the beginning.
Edward Herrmann was exceptional. The emotion behind his matter of fact description, I really enjoyed listening to him.
All of it, actually.
I watched an interview with Louis Z and saw that he gave his purple heart to the author, because she suffers from Cronic Fatigue, and does not leave her home. Louis felt he only suffered a few years, and she has suffered much longer.
I was blown away. I remember WWII Vets. I always admired my Uncle Warren who told us stories of WWII. What a tough, amazing generation.
Among the best. The story is gripping and the narration is amazing. The best.
EVERYTHING! He's perfect. He lent the perfect tone to this amazing story.
Both! What an amazing story. I have such a great appreciation (even more than ever) for WWII vets and POWs. And I learned so much. What an incredible book and story.
You're missing out if you don't listen to this book.
This is a must read, especially for Torrance natives, like myself. What an amazing story. I'd say one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. I'm off to purchase the hard cover for my bookshelf. Do not second guess - just buy this book.
Hillenbrand has written a masterpiece. This is more than an epic biography. It is a singular work which transports the reader into the triumphs and tragedies of the Second World War.
All of us owe all we have to the tens of thousands "Louis Zamperini's" of that "Greatest Generation". This magnificent work is an honor and tribute to them.
Lest we ever forget the incredible sacrifices they made, we all may take heed from an admonition, written in 1598:
"This story shall the good man teach his son...From this day to the ending of the world..."
- from Henry V by William Shakespeare, 1598
Yes, the narrator tells the story brilliantly.
The scene in which Louis went to see "the Bird". He was able to forgive and forget despite the pain.
I found the story to be unrealisic. I'm sure it was based on fact but logic suggest liberal exageration in the descrioption of events. the perfornance was exellant
I began to feel that his troubles would never end. It was so depressing. I commented to my husband (we were listening together) that only finding God could take away his pain. I was then almost surprised. It strengthened my faith.
It made me cringe and cry.
I wouldn't listen to it again just because I'm the kind of person that doesn't generally go back and re-read or re-listen to a book.
Realizing the internal strength of the POW men.
He really brought the book to life for me. I felt that I had a wise teacher reading a story to me. I believe reading the book would have gotten me a little too mired down in the details. I've heard from a few of my friends that read this book that it had so many details that it was hard to get through. Having the book read to me made it easier to take in.
Definitely a must read! I usually shy away from history or WWII books, but this one kept my attention. Knowing that it was a true story made it much more enjoyable!