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)
The story is amazing despite revealing hardships and cruelties which are REALLY heartbreaking to learn. The narrator couldn't have been a more perfect choice and couldn't have done a more outstanding job!
At first I thought that the additional chapters from the movie run necessary but when the story ended I felt a sense of completion and was grateful for the additional time I had with Louie and the rest
For the most part I don't read prison/holocaust books. They almost never elevate me more than they bring me down. This book is that same. I understand it is supposed to be about overcoming adversity, and I suppose this book manages that. Sadly it did not elevate my soul. It did not make me feel better about being human. It mostly made me thirsty, hungry, and disappointed in mankind.
About the book it's self
It is a little hard to get started but past about chapter 10 it picks up.
It is a little choppy but that, I think, is do I part to the fact that is is non fiction and life is seldom smooth.
I'm not sure the reader is the best reader for this book, but it could have been worse they could have had Dick Hill read it.
If you like books like this I suppose it is the best of it's kind. It was not a compleat waste of time.
An incredible story that is hard to stop once you begin. It is surprising that I never heard of this story before this. It is incredible and redeeming. Worth every second of listening time. Now to see the movie. I give this my highest recommendation!
This story is magnificent and I'm sure will influence all readers as to the importance of attitude, faith & forgiveness have on the quality of our own lives. I had never heard of him until this book, & this story just shows how much one person can change the world. If there is one book to read, or listen to, this is it.
Top 40 Titan
Near the top
The Hiding Place - though no real comparison.
Louis' reunion with his family
I could not have handled this book in one sitting.
Perhaps the greatest example of human spirit I've ever read.
This was seriously the most awful story ever. The last half hour of a "happy ending" was not worth the other dozen of misery.
Save yourself the onset of depression and read something else...unless, of course, you're looking for a kick-me-down.
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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