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.
This is a wonderful audible book. It is the story of the strength, passion and commitment. Oh what it is to be an American!!
Louis Zamperini from hoodlum to hero and all the threads of his life that molded him.
It was a book I was anxious to get back to.
Yes, it is an uplifting story of an American hero.
Describing how he made it through the Japanese POW camp.
Louis Zamperini, of course.
War is Hell?
Very good read. The first part of the book was a bit draggy, but it got interesting when it got to the war part.
Inspiring, captivating, breathtaking
I'd compare it to Nelson Mandela's memoir, Long Walk to Freedom. Both of these men overcame adverse circumstances and mistreatment in captivity to become inspiring leaders.
Edward Hermmann is a fabulous professional. If he read an audible version of the phone book, I'd want to hear it. His reading has a very natural and unforced quality and yet it's completely captivating. This isn't the first book I've listened to him read and it is the same consistent high quality with everything I've heard or seen from him.
A life lived with enthusiasm and honor
Well, maybe in a few years as it's almost a 15 hr investment of my time but it taught me SO MUCH history I never learned in school!
Learning about all the people - Louie was amazing! AND, at first, I was wondering WHY I needed to know so much detail about him about his early life - but it was pinnacle to know this for the later part of his life.
Gosh, there were so many times I cried and I was SO moved!
I was given this book to read because I was at an extremely LOW point in my life and told I MUST READ THIS BOOK! ALL thru the book it was SO clear to me WHY she was SO right! Now, I look at my little problems in a whole new light!
Great writing and performance, but the most astounding thing about this work is that it is non-fiction. The statement about humanity is obvious, and well taken. It is the way the statement is made that is astounding. The author uses the outermost extremes of human behavior, good and bad ( or, maybe,breathtaking and horrifying ), sitting side by side, in the life of one man to say something about us. I had this on my ipod, and, at several points, stopped what I was doing and said, "No way" out loud. Don't pass this up, you will be doing your mind and your heart a big favor.
I can only trust that Hillenbrand did not exercise too much poetic license because many events stretched the limits of credibility. Zamperini must have good genes to have endured all that he went through and is still alive at age 95. Herrmann does a good job as narrator.
I couldn't because I became emotionally involved
Louie's unending perserverance for life
his narration style was as if he was a first hand witness during Louie's time
being shot at while fending off sharks and praying
everyone will be inspired one way or another