Nine years "before the mast" on tiny Pacific island.
The story makes one feel really alive to all the wonders, and horrors, of life and war, and the reality of the strong spirit that keeps the vulnerable body alive.
The book brings to mind many a sea tale- from "Fatal Voyage: "The Sinking of the Indianapolis," to Ïslands of the Damned" to heroic - and doomed - voyages of discovery, although it is not fully any of these.
The narrator seems to have moments channeling Franklin Roosevelt, a central figure in the book's era. Mr. Herrmann has the calm voice needed to narrate such a deeply nerve-wracking tale, completely avoiding the hyperbolic and verbal exclamation point. It is as if he was telling his guests the story by his fireside.
In a ocean of horror, there is glory in survival.
Research made this book very satisfying; the lack of jingoism and hyperbole made it real.
I laughed, I cries, I yelled profanities, and in the end I was filled with joy. This is an incredible story and very well written. The narration was excellent. This is well worth the money or credit.
Didn't want to stop listening/ living this story. The visual emotion and experiences put into writing so perfectly that I was able to experience the anguish felt by these men and a new scenes of understanding for what our men endured has been brought to light.
Loved, heart wrenching, unbreakable
History in school was time, places, dates etc which irritated me because it wasn't presented personal. I've wondered all these years and this would be my first real insight on a part of time that took place with not just text but details that unfolded for many men.
I laughed, cried, screamed and cheered throughout entire listen. A history unfolded that I never had been fully aware of verbally only saw through my Grandfathers eyes it was a deeply emotional time.
Didn't want to turn it off and first thing in morning began listening until this audible was completed. Great narration!
Thank you so much for this audible.
Edward Herrmann gives a masterful performance. I really felt like I was there in the moment as it was happening--not just listening to a historical recounting of events that took almost 75 years ago. Laura Hillenbrand's writing makes all her stories come alive and the suspense is woven throughout.
Even though I knew the outcome of Louis Zamperini's story and a fair amount about WWII, Edward Herrmann's telling of Laura Hillenbrand's writing made me feel like I was living through it. It was sad, exciting, scary and suspenseful. I almost listened to it in one sitting.
It was amazing. I felt like I was listening to a contemporary war correspondent's narration of events as they happened.
The unbelievable true story of Louie Zamperinie was amazing. Hillenbrand did a fantastic job of piecing it together in such a way that you can picture each and every terrible and wonderful scene. Herrman did a good job of narrating the story, however he pronounced a few words strangely, distracting me of the rest of the sentence. He also reads slightly slow, but otherwise did a great job and has a nice strong voice. Overall a good book.
A man of incredible resilience and faith. His incredibly story has opened my eyes to the world of our beloved war veterans. We don't do enough to honor them. We could never do enough!
An absolute must read.
Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.
Yes. It would be tough. But I would do it. It's one of those books where you realize that there are real-life people who are like the heroes read about in fiction books. They take knock after knock and keep getting up. Louie was that guy. And his story is amazing.
One of the most memorable moments to me was on the life raft. The three men were trying to simply survive the elements. They got hit with one challenge after another and just when you think they cannot get any weaker or they'll die. They get attacked by sharks! The writing in this particular part gave me chills. When the sharks rubbed their backs along the bottom of the boat, I imagined how it would feel knowing the only thing separating you from this man-eating beast is a piece of vinyl.
It made me cry. A lot. It affected me. I had to take a break at one point. For days. I had to give myself a pep talk to get back to it. It was that moving.
The movie did not do Louie's life or this book justice.