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
"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)
I fell into this story. Completing the book in a week even with a busy schedule. The details of Louie's life was incredibly vivid and captivating. The book was well read with great respect given to the subject. I would recommend this book to anyone especially history enthusiasts.
Great narration, great organization of the story. One initial feeling I had was that I learned a lot about the main character's early life, like autobiographic-type info, it nearly seemed too specific. But in a few chapters, the book to be headlong into the meat of his war career. Old war stories are fascinating to me, and they humble me by reminding me how rough previous generations had it in the WW's. Unbroken is a crazy story that does an impeccable job of painting truly miraculous, awesome, terrifying landscapes for these Airborne crews. I often found my mouth agape in astonishment. Even still, many parts of the book seem almost boring because there's no way, just no way that it's possible for captured men to be beaten lifeless day after day for years on end.... that kind of thing seems Hollywood. I felt like it just drifted by my senses because it seems so rote and familiar. Well shame on Hollywood, because the men of this book lived that stuff in grossly real ways. Unbroken was gripping, such that I felt pulled back to the book even when I was too busy to hear more of it. Highly recommended.
This more than met my expectations. The narrator was superb. Just when it seemed the end was near the action picked up to the point it seemed impossible for any of the characters not to give up.
Mr. Herrmann was very clear and provided separation between characters
Several tense moments and cringing with the descriptions during flight and during POW encampment.
Just incredible. If you do not read this book before you die, see if Heaven has a library, check it out, find a comfy cloud, and read it cover to cover.
I loved the detail of every bit of the story of Louie Zamperini's life. Couldn't put the audible book down. It makes the trauma in my life look like a party. All I can do is smile and be thankful for my life and thankful for what God can do to a shattered and utterly broken human being. It's obvious God turned that man's pain into something very beautiful. I'm in awe! This is a must-read for all mankind. The movie doesn't hold a candle to the depth of emotion that's in the book.
Incredible! This book will not soon leave you!
Loved every minute of it! The detail was haunting but necessary. Loved
"It's a definitely must-read book"
An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!
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