For the last three days I have been enraptured by the story of Lewis Zamporini. I am so glad that I downloaded it. I was worried at first that it would be too heavy for me as WW2 stories can be, I didn't want to be a blubbering mess in the car. The readers voice was superb and somehow kept it light enough that I felt continually inspired. This book is so well written, I just loved it. I felt it gave me a message that was deep, heartfelt and awakening. It's a must read!!!!!!
I cannot remember why I downloaded this audiobook as it not of my normal genres but I am glad I did. I am in disbelief at what a determined human being can endure and in disgust and completely shocked in regards to what some people can impose on others. You read and study about wars in school but you never learn about the true journey and unbelievable encounters of our soldiers. This book follows the life story of Olympian and WWII soldier, Louis Zamperini from his childhood clear through his very old age. We follow Zamperini through his years as a soldier including his crash and astonishing survival on an inflated raft through the Pacific. We get to encounter the moments of his capture by the Japanese and his outlandish days in the POW camps. We get a glimpse of the physical, mental and emotional tortures he suffered and the glorious redemption of Christ's forgiveness years later when he was facing the moment of truly losing it all.
I am not much into war stories but other than the detailed snippets of battles and such in the beginning, this book had me enthralled until the end. Truly eye opening and at times, heart wrenching.
I highly recommend this book for Junior High and up. Hoping someday this book will become a reading requirement in our school systems so our youth can gain a more real life understanding of war and its affects on our soldiers.
The story is very compelling, and the narrator makes it come to life! Loved the flow of the book, and the author did a great job of adding detail without bogging down the flow of the story.
The details Laura includes in the book, based on historical research, are extremely well written and masterful. This is a must read but be warned it can be disturbing. When you can read a book that moves you like this does it is worth the discomfort! GREAT JOB LAURA!! Gary