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tom allen

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11570)
    Performance
    (7545)
    Story
    (7578)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "outstanding triumph over adversity"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    listening works for me and gives me a richer picture of a story like this


    What did you like best about this story?

    the development of the story spanned the entire lifetime progression of this real person. it allowed the reader/listener some feelings without overwhelming the story with any unrealistic perspectives relating to these unrealistic circumstances. my imagination was easily able to fit between the details in the story. it was discreetly graphic to a polite cautious unoffensive extent while still exposing horrific events. it was devoid of arrogance or ego and allowed the instinct to survive ring throughout.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    his wonderful voice contributed to letting the story come thru without being monotone and delivering a thrilling involvement for the reader/listener the full flavor of the author's story for our surviving hero.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was humbled with the endurance that person can be capable of surviving. I was sorrowed by the lasting physiological affects these experiences have on people then joyed by the redemption one acquires with maturity.


    Any additional comments?

    the motivations for and in war may never be completely understood. someday we may abandoned this as a human endeavor. the darkness of what evil resides within people under such circumstances goes beyond imagination.

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