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Unbroken Audiobook

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

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.....
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Whether your listening preferences usually point you to history tomes, adventure thrillers, or fiction with well-developed characters, Unbroken will hook you...and won’t let go. Laura Hillenbrand, previously of Seabiscuit fame, tells the fascinating story of Louis Zamperini – troubled youth, Olympic athlete, airman, and survivor – and you won’t believe how interested you’ll become in even the tiniest of details of his life. Much of that interest is thanks to narrator Edward Herrmann, who elevates this tremendous example of narrative nonfiction to masterful storytelling. — Diana D.

Publisher's Summary

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. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

©2010 Laura Hillenbrand; 2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. A better book than Seabiscuit, it manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. [Hillenbrand has] a jeweler’s eye for a detail that makes a story live." (Newsweek)

"A master class in narrative storytelling…Extraordinarily moving...A powerfully drawn survival epic." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Ambitious and powerful… Hillenbrand is intelligent and restrained, and wise enough to let the story unfold for itself. Her research is thorough, her writing crystalline. Unbroken is gripping in an almost cinematic way." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Best book I have ever read. Could not put it down. Had me in tears a few time

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    Lee H. Grafton 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great! Entertaining and inspiring. Loved the part about his time at sea on a raft. Great that he turned his life around with the help of Billy Graham.

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    "Incredible book!"

    What an incredible story. I highly recommend you read it! An amazing description of the lives of American pacific POWs in wwii.

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    Heather Berry 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    I loved everything about this book. The performance was so good that I had teary eyes sometimes and I also caught my self "having a conversation" with the narrator.

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    randall D. 06-01-15
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    A story of the struggle that occurred in the pacific theater of World War Two.

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    "Fantastic story"

    An excellent story of the endurance of the human spirit. This was a great book.

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    "Totally awestruck by so much heroism."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    After watching the movie "Unbroken" I thgought I'd get a few more details of Loui Zamperin's life. The book brought us into his highest highs and lowest lows. I have never been drawn into any book as I was with "Unbroken". So many hero's, that was brought on by the tragedies and cowardness of war. Mr. Zamperini is my hero, I could only hope to have as much drive, courage and compasion as he did.


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    "Great story, very well told."

    Really enjoyed this story. Much more detailed than the movie, I'm very happy to recommend.

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    Blueshorts801 Arabia 05-30-15
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    "Phenomenal performance of a phenomenal life"

    This book is moving, and is the undeniably powerful story of man and his will to live and his God who helped him accomplish it. Edward Herrmann is a remarkable narrator whose voice fits perfectly with such a noble story. The story can be very violent and almost excruciating to listen to because of the unfathomable torture the POWs had to endure. But it is all part of the story, and would not be as powerful without it.

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    "Stunning spirit"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Too many to mention without giving it away


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Well paced, well read throughout


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival with courage and dignity


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this story!

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    "It's a definitely must-read book"
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    An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!


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