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Unbroken Audiobook
Unbroken
Written by: 
Laura Hillenbrand
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
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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    Bakins 06-26-15
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    "Loved this book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story and narration was fabulous! Very engaging. It is one of those books I could have listened to from start to finish in a single session.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The scene in the ocean with the rations.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voice, inflection and emotion poured into the reading. Excellent.


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

    The raft scene and the redemption in there.


    Any additional comments?

    You WILL love this book!

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    anthony s. jones 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story!"

    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.

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    milkywaystyle 06-25-15
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    "Spectacular"
    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    100% Absolutely Amazing


    Any additional comments?

    This book is in my top 3. Absolutely amazing, you will not be able to put it down. Highly, highly recommend!

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    Emily 06-24-15
    Emily 06-24-15
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    "Life Changing"

    Unbroken is quite possibly the best book I've ever read, and as an English teacher, I've read a lot of books.

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    Jan Krcmar 06-23-15
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    "Absolutely incredible listen."
    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, since this is a real story about war, this question is a bit odd and I won't answer it.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    See above.


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    C. Nice 06-22-15
    C. Nice 06-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Two day drive book"

    Excellent true story. Well written and read. A good two day drive book. Better than the movie.

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    Danielle 06-22-15
    Danielle 06-22-15
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    "Inspiring Read!"

    Great inspiring story. Lot's of action. Incredible detail! Really neat read! Anyone can enjoy it!

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    Trevor 06-22-15
    Trevor 06-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story told by a great author!"

    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.

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    Rebecca J 06-21-15
    Rebecca J 06-21-15
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    "Wow..."

    How anybody survived the conditions Louis Zamperini did is beyond me, but clearly not beyond the provisional Hand of God Almighty.

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    Weston Martin 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredibly inspiring"

    This book is incredibly inspiring! Its a story that all should hear. Well written. Great narrator. Loved it.

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  • Iain
    11/9/15
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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