This is powerful book. I would put it at the top of any list!!!
Eating the sharks
It made me do both. The history and emotion of the story will pull you everywhere!
I had to keep reminding myself that the events in this book actually happened.... Unbroken is an incredible story of survival, perseverance and forgiveness.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. I had my father read it and he became enraptured and read the entire book while he was in hospital for heart surgery. This is such a beautiful and ghastly story, and it shows a human's ability to survive over all else. This book touched my heart.
Of course the main character, Louis Zamperini, who endured like many of his fellow POW, more than the human body and spirit can take. I loved him for his endurance, and his resilience, and his fight for survival even though there were many times that survival seemed unattainable. He is a true American Hero.
Again, Louie was wonderful, but the narrator gave a great performance. I also liked Pete, Louie's older brother, and all of the inmates that Louie spent time with. The narration was the perfect tone. I listened to it at 2.0 and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
I would simply make it the same as the perfect title of the book, 'Unbroken.'
This book is hard to get through at times. It's amazing the cruelty that one person can inflict upon another. However it is worth the read and it's inspiring and it gives hope to people who might not think they can get through the worst possible situation. I also learned a lot more about the Pacific during WWII. Educational and alluring, this was definitely one of the best pieces of non-fiction I've ever read. I recommend this to anyone who needs inspiration, and also, everyone should give Mr. Zamperini the respect he deserves by reading this book.
I loved hearing about all the heros in that era who, despite being in the most dire of circumstances, had the fighting spirit to not give up. I also discovered more reasons to be proud of this Country and our Military. Very inspirational and at times heartbreaking.
I most liked Louie Zamporini! Hearing about his childhood then learning about all the phases of his life, it made me realize how powerful God has made some of us. He is an amazing person and true American Hero. His ability to be strong despite all that he went through was quite inspirational.
This is the first time I've listened to Edward Herrmann's performance. I really enjoyed it!!
A life so amazing that Hollywood writer's wouldn't have had the creativity to pen!
There was so much about WWII that I never knew until I read this book. I loved the lesson and the human story!
Some people can read history with it's harsh reality & be ok with it, like my husband but what can I say I'm a wimp.
It felt like 75% prison & 25% triumph & redemption.
No but he did a good job.
I guess it is always worthwhile to learn history but there was so much suffering of our military heroes that I just felt sad. It truly pained me to read about so much suffering. Please understand that I am so grateful for their sacrifice but the cruelty and inhumanity is difficult to fathom. An ugly reality that I can only take in small doses. Everyone did a good job it's just an ugly subject.
Absolutely a would listen. This is actually my second reading of the book, the first was in print. This is a story that simply doesn't get old. It is gripping, compelling and emotional for anyone and everyone. The only problem is that there are reports that they will be making a movie, which will inevitably lessen the experience for those who have not read the book.
BUY, BUY, BUY
Please, Zamp is the ONLY character
The whole book is moving. There is not a single moment where you do not find yourself attached in some form or another to one of the descriptions provided by Hillenbrand. She is an excellent author.
This story is so incredible you have to hear it twice just to take it all in
I can't say without spoiling the book.
Fantastic, his voice, pace and poise were perfect for this book -- I am going to buy all histories narrated by Edward Herrmann -- he's the best non-fiction narrator I've ever listened to.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
....but I could not stop. I did not know it had so much human suffering or I would not have purchased this book. Nonetheless, it was a heartrending story of the power of the human spirit to persevere in spite of overwhelming adversity. I deal with drama, uncertainty, anxiety, everyday as a business owner so I don't ordinarily seek 14 nonstop hours of it in my leisure time. I could not go to sleep at a reasonable hour because I could not stop listening in hopes of the protagonist getting a moment of relief from his suffering. It never comes. The first few hours and the last hour of 14 total hours offered some emotional leveling but everything in the middle was a knuckle grabbing steady level of human pain and suffering. I need a good comedy audiobook to "read" after "Unbroken". Having said that, it was an outstanding story, narrated perfectly. I always saw the Nazi's as the biggest villains of WWII because of the exposure given to the the atrocities of the Holocaust. This was an eye opener as to the suffering the Japanese inflicted on American POW's in the Pacific POW camps. If you like the tension of the opening 5 minutes of the "Indiana Jones" movies, then prepare for about 12 hours of it after the first 2 intro hours and prepare to cringe over the human angst of being hunted by sharks in a raft as a castaway for nearly two months and then being beaten, starved and tortured in a Japanese POW camp for years. Alas, it has a heartwarming ending that nourishes your soul and gives us hope that we can overcome the darkest parts of the human spirit by allowing the brightest parts of our soul to power us to lasting joy.
Good character development and enjoyed the hisotical data. It helped me realize the inhumanity that man can do to one another. It also helped me understand when I was a child, and relatives/family friends that had been prisoners of war acted the way they did- such as refusing to eat oriental food (especially rice). I never understood how a person could refuse to eat something as simple as rice, or how people developed such sterotypes and disgust for another human or ethnicity
I think I liked best the ability to understand how peoples character is formed by their past experiences.
I was amazed with how long and the ability of the characters to stay alive in such adversity. I did find it hard to believe that the only one in the raft that was able to solve any problems was the great Zamparini. I wondered how realistic that was- It seemed somewhat skewed.
too long but did hold my interest. I listened on a trip with my 19 year old son and he was unable to stop listening. It was comical how if any type of disturbance occured during our listen, we had to reverse and listen to the area again.
Well worth the time and money. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and as I said before if you can enjoy a book and learn as well, it is time well spent.