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)
This book has been by far my favorite that I have listened to since I started audio books. The story is amazing, but I enjoyed the narration very much as well. The two complimented each other to make this my favorite.
100% Absolutely Amazing
This book is in my top 3. Absolutely amazing, you will not be able to put it down. Highly, highly recommend!
Not a single boring moment, nothing to skip, every bit is thrilling. At the same time it makes you appreciate living today and not 60 years ago
Well, since this is a real story about war, this question is a bit odd and I won't answer it.
Laura Hillenbrand has delivered a stunning piece, with an engaging style of story-telling. She is free, yet disciplined, with her descriptions and vocabulary, painting a realistic portrait of Louis Zamperini without losing the epic quality of his life. This book makes me want to be a better person, and that's as good a recommendation as anyone can give.
Don't get me wrong. I adore a long read and savor details. However, Hillenbrand goes on and on when three or four examples would suffice. The beginning of the book feels excessively drawn out for the setting up of the overall themes and metaphors that dominate the rest of the story. That being said, this story is incredible--a must read. Hillenbrand's writing is solid, neither pandering to the low level, mass market nor over-reaching in a wanna be Pulitzer grubber's style. Although the writing is overly long in the beginning and after the war ends, the actual telling of the rest of the story is superb and believable. Thanks for the good read.
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