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)
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This book is a must read for all Americans. It truly is an insipring story of survival, resilience and redemption, as the title states. I carved out every minute I could to spend time with this book and find out what would happen to Louie next, how he might, or might not, survive, and what would become of his friends.
Hillenbrand expertly tells the stories of Louie's trials and tribulations during the war--the harrowing air battles, the friendships made and the lives that were lost.
Hermann's narration was, as always, excellent. The only reason for the rating of 4 instead of 5 is that he didn't prounounce Ephrata correctly and having to listen to him incorrectly say it over and over just about made be crazy. I was glad when Louie left training so I didn't have to hear "EFreta" instead of "eFRAYtah" any more.
While the redemption part of the story is the shortest part of the book, it is the most important and most inspiring.
Thank you, Louie Zamperini, for serving your country and allowing this story to be told.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
The story was, simply put, amazingly well told. The narration was perfect. I found the tale so moving that I have talked it up to a number of friends.
Really the only character of note is Zamperini - what an amazing person and amazing life.
I'm a big fan of Edward's readings. He reads Unbroken incredibly well and can be equally brilliant on children's stories like Geronimo Stilton... what a great reader.
Yes... this book is very moving. If this story doesn't move you then I suggest you check for paralysis.
Just get the book ... it's not a top Audible audiobook for no reason. I was, foolishly, reluctant but fell into the deep end in just a few minutes.
For this type of emotional story, I preferred the audio edition,because I was able to replay and reflect on the emotional issues..
The story " Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet" reflects on the treatment of Japanese in America."Unbroken" allows the reader to understand why the Japanese were not trusted.
The main character, Louis Zamperini has STRONG Character One can only admire his presistence and determination to encounter many degrading acts and was able to forgive his offenders.
No,I like to reflect on portions of a story. Therefore,I listened to it in several sessions.
" Unbroken" is a very interesting and emotional true story. I learned many facts and became aware of historial events that took place in this country and the world.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone! The reader had such a wonderful voice and I understood every word. The story was very captivating... it brought me in and kept me interested the whole time. I loved this book even though I'm not usually a reader of this type of story! It was Great!
I can't even give a book I might compare this to because it's the first book of it's kind that I've ever read. War stories aren't normally my cup of tea but this was amazing.
My favorite scene... so many favorites! I guess it would be when Louis spoke on the radio and people who knew his family recognized him and knew it was really him.
An incredible story of strength, determination, faith and family!
I felt like I was living through the war with Louie
Louie and his best friend - they were/are heros
It is a true story. It follows so many different trails, but the author does a wonderful job tying the details together. A random aside in one chapter becomes a key plot element in the next. Very well written. Intensely emotional. And inspiring story of the depths and heights of the human condition.
Definitely a book that will have you glued to every page with excitement, fear, and sadness.
For both fiction and nonfiction fans I highly recommend this book. I read mostly business and Tom Clancy books. My wife reads nora roberts and we both loved this book.
I liked that it is based on fact
It is a hard book to read because it is about the cruelty of the Japenase to pows.
This is certainly not all the book is about it is truly a great story about a 4min. ruunner and his life .
Fictional characters in narrative
The truehearted listener will enjoy this tale of a player keeping the faith so to speak.
On a human level a remarkable story; on a historical level gives insight into the treatment American POW's by Japanese.
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