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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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    Dana 07-18-15
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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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    A gripping, moving and thrilling novel! This story truly transports you into the lives and emotions of POWs.

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    Susan Main Beach, Australia 07-17-15
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    "no doubt a moving rendering of the madnes of war"

    I've read it before though, seen it on TV, talked about it with friends and family.
    At times (many of them) I wondered if I'd read this book before.
    please....no disrespect to those who endured stories like these.

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    "Great! Riveting!"

    We really loved this book. Now we are going to watch the movie! Go Louis!

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    "I had no idea!"

    I am not a history buff but Ms. Hillenbrand was able to keep me interested page after page! Great book and a must read for all!

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    sam 07-16-15
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    "Great combination of story and fact"

    Great combination of facts and story. I wanted to listen to it even when I didn't have time.

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    ed hamilton 07-16-15
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    "Horrible scars & God's healing!"

    The story was very compelling.
    There were many astonishing events.!
    Some descriptions were to horrific to endure and needed to be passed over.
    The final years of Louis showed a wonderful enduring transformed spirit.

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    D. Pearson Monterey, CA USA 07-16-15
    D. Pearson Monterey, CA USA 07-16-15 Member Since 2014

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    "So glad I read this over seeing the movie :-)"

    I had actually ordered this audio book several months before listening to it. In the interim, the movie had become available and I downloaded it only to have it sit on my hard drive. I decided on a whim (I had 2 days off in a row) to listen to the book. Boy was I glad that I listened to the book as it had me riveted! The descriptor words and lively [period-centric] use of certain terms allows one to really become immersed in the story. I actually found myself moved to tears for one part about halfway through the book.

    Do yourself a favor and buy this book. The narrator does a splendid job of keeping the listener entranced and the story seems to unfold at a naturally progressive rate that doesn't leave with you a feeling of hurried anticipation for the next scene. Its a wonderful listen and highlights a very moving story (among the thousands that there were) about one soldier's plight during the great war.

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    Terri 07-16-15
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    An extraordinary story of hope and courage.. Forgiveness in its truest form.

    I was completely moved.

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    Michael 07-15-15
    Michael 07-15-15
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    "This represents a life one should honor"

    I appreciate more then ever what our soldiers endure for the rest of us to have freedom. Also taught never relinquish your self to hatred and be who you can be whatever that is for each one of us.

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