The story of Louie Zamperini is a truly compelling and astonishing account of what World War II soldiers had to endure. However, Laura Hillenbrand's writing often feels textbookish, as if over-researched, and while Edward Hermann is an excellent narrator, this is a writing characteristic that even the best narrator cannot combat. Parts, too, of the recount seemed to drag on, specifically those pertaining to Louie's horrible punishments. I understand that their repetition served to enforce the prominence of the punishments and torture in Louie's and other soldiers' experiences, but as a reader I don't want to be feel like this information is being prolonged. That said, I would recommend this book for those seeking insight into the life of a World War II soldier, as Unbroken is rich in historical information with firsthand accounts.
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