This is the best book I've read or listened to in years. What the human spirit can endure is unimaginable. Makes the trials of today seem extremely trivial and puts things into perspective.
Yes. I listened to it on my long runs training for a marathon. I wanted to keep running just to listen longer.
At first I laughed - yet laughter gave way to amazed, stunned silence. In the end at the last chapter, tears fell like water.
A wonderful book with exceptional audio production. I highly recommend.
As the daughter of a WWII pilot who became a career officer and ultimately gave his life for this country I can only say thank you to Laura Hillenbrand for bringing me this story. And above all, thank you Louis Zamperini and all the others like you of the greatest generation.
I have listened to many, many audiobooks and this is my favorite. Well paced, we'll read, and compelling. On several occasions I stayed in the car after reaching my destination, just to listen longer.
This is not the type of book that I normally read / listen to. But I was blown away! Great narration, great story of strength, courage, and faith. My wife warned me that this book would depress me, judging it only by the synopsis. She couldn't have been more wrong! Yes Louie endures stuff that would crush most people, and he does so with great personal loss, but the overall theme is triumph against impossible odds. I simply can't say enough good things about this book. I have not seen the movie, but I plan to once it is out on DVD, but I know it cannot be more than a pale shadow of this wonderful book.