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Unbroken Audiobook

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

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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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    Jon 07-21-15
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    Should be required ready for every American, especially high school kids. A life well lived!

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    Prashant Patel 07-21-15
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    "Awesome way of narrating history!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the audio edition, with Edward Hermann's narration was really good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The description of the end of war - very vivid description that had me visualizing the pallets of food, candies, and magazines falling in rice paddies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fastest mile - the apparent nonchalance of Luis at the end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Luis' and Phil's ability to forgive Mac for eating all their provisions on the first night of their ordeal and his death.


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    Lynn Seto Panama City Beach, FL 07-21-15
    Lynn Seto Panama City Beach, FL 07-21-15
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    "I loved it"

    It was a very emotional and moving story that I enjoyed very much. I highly recommend it!

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    "Inspirational"

    I learned a great deal from this book. Especially about the treatment of the P.O.Ws that were held by the Japanese. Of course Louie's sorry is very hear reverting, but I was glad that the author chose to include the other heroes as well as Louie. Bey Well written and presented.

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    Bradley Flood Ballina, NSW, Australia 07-20-15
    Bradley Flood Ballina, NSW, Australia 07-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Hey I'm Brad and Audio books are awesome!

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    "What and amazing story and so well written and performed."

    Highly recommended. This is a true story that every man and woman should hear. Very touching and sobering. Brought me to tears a few times to be honest.
    Very well performed too.

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    Dallin 07-20-15
    Dallin 07-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Book"

    Amazing story, well performed, and well written. I could not set my phone down throughout the whole book. I hung on every word. This is a must read/listen:)

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    Carol 07-20-15
    Carol 07-20-15
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    overall amazing his story and the way it was written and spoken was truley a unbelievible story

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    Christopher Amundson iowa United States 07-19-15
    Christopher Amundson iowa United States 07-19-15
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    "Great story!"

    Great story but really long. Amazing journey of an amazing man and a crazy war

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    Sunny S 07-19-15
    Sunny S 07-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing courage and fortitude"

    The story was very well written and riveting. Many amazing facts from the war included.

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    Dana 07-18-15
    Dana 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I've ever "read"!!!"

    Wow. The film did this book zero justice. 12 hours later and I didn't want it to be over. Tears streaming down my face... What a remarkable story. What a remarkable man. What a remarkable God. Just incredible. This book has given me a whole new appreciation for our men and women in uniform. I can't say enough great things about Unbroken.

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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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  • Renata Rissi Silva
    3/21/15
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    "It's a definitely must-read book"
    What did you like most about Unbroken?

    An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!


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