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 great story of survival.and redemption. Even though it's history, you still find yourself wondering how and if the POWs will survive.
This nonfiction book reads like a George R.R. Martin novel- but the events of this guy's life are actually so incredible that if it were fiction I'd think it was ridiculously unrealistic. With this in mind I'm very interested to see how the movie turned out. Audible narrator perfectly navigates the constantly shifting tapestry of Zamperini's experiences. Can't say enough about the writing. I never wanted to put it down. Must-read.
I liked every aspect of this book. A skillful telling of a fantastic story. I really enjoyed the performance from Edward. Unlike "sniper" the presenter had no fake accents, no fake intonation, just a pure reading. Well done. I'll read this again! Thank you Laura. I have to find out about sea biscuit now. Which was right up there with flying to Neptune until now.
This story seemed to have no page that I would edit out to make it shorter. Every line was a treasure but caused me to cringe at times. Not suitable for kids because of occasional language. Might not be considered a story with a happy ending for non-Christians. The USA is a great country as one nation under God. I hope and pray that it persists but my heart is saddened by recent events that would disavow any Devine hand in our greatness. I am curious how a non-Christian feels about this book,
Louis' story is an incredible one, skilfully told by Hillenbrand, who wrote in such a way as to keep me thoroughly interested and wondering what comes next. It was inspirational as well as informative. This is one story that I would likely read again in the future.
Well written and well narrated story. I see why it would make a good movie. The man's life is very inspirational. He endured all manner of cruelties developed by the Japanese during WWII. And he did break. But then he became unbroken again. Read this and take heed. We are on the brink of repeating this history.
Yes, because it is a real story, war is a horrific thing. It needs to be remembered & ANZAC Day, Veteran's Day Armistice Day become too festive (IMO). Books like this tell it like it was. There is no romanticizing of the ideals, it was awful, it should never be repeated, but it will be.
Honest, sometimes brutal.
Yes when the subject met his tormentor again
Don't buy this expecting a romantic war epic. It is hard work, but well worth listening to.
An absolutely splendid story of mankind, from youth through the most horrid wartime conditions...his Journey is quite remarkable and worth your time...enjoy
No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account
Too many to mention without giving it away
Well paced, well read throughout
Survival with courage and dignity
Listen to this story!
"It's a definitely must-read book"
An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!
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