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)
It tied the history of world war 2 in the Pacific theater into a gripping and unforgettable true story!
I went through all the emotions during the course of this audio book.
This story certainly reminds us of the extreme cruelty of war, and the inflictions raised on our fellow humans. It also shows the kindness even our adversary's can show.
Vivid descriptions of characters and events. Very involving. Each chapter had twists and turns. Unpredictable.
I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and circumstances that anti-semetism, War and Nazi era brought upon peoples.
Narrator did excellent job of injecting true emotion into the story
Louie of course. Amazing that this one individual could have such a profound impact on our society and that he could chronicle his life in such detail.
The emotion of the words and the inflections on the communication of events and thought processes of protaganists. It was almost as good as being there.
for the most part yes.
One of the best books I have ever read. Again, it is amazing that Laura Hillibrand found this story and did such an excellent job of communicating the events of 20 years in such detail
the listening is just perfect. he reads with the perfect grace and inflections
we all know so ,many world war 2 stories but how many really feel what the lives of the POW camps were like and the endurance levels some of our guys actually have. just unreal
The history intertwined with the personal story of Louie Z was remarkably well done.
the experience on the raft
beautifully read...great intonation
I learned so much.
Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.
One of my favorite books ever. Read the hardcover & then listened to the audiobook. The writer paints a picture of what this American hero went through in such vivid detail you can picture the events & places and happenings as if you were there. Great book about a great man with an unbelievable story.
This is powerful book. I would put it at the top of any list!!!
Eating the sharks
It made me do both. The history and emotion of the story will pull you everywhere!
I had to keep reminding myself that the events in this book actually happened.... Unbroken is an incredible story of survival, perseverance and forgiveness.
Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. I had my father read it and he became enraptured and read the entire book while he was in hospital for heart surgery. This is such a beautiful and ghastly story, and it shows a human's ability to survive over all else. This book touched my heart.
Of course the main character, Louis Zamperini, who endured like many of his fellow POW, more than the human body and spirit can take. I loved him for his endurance, and his resilience, and his fight for survival even though there were many times that survival seemed unattainable. He is a true American Hero.
Again, Louie was wonderful, but the narrator gave a great performance. I also liked Pete, Louie's older brother, and all of the inmates that Louie spent time with. The narration was the perfect tone. I listened to it at 2.0 and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
I would simply make it the same as the perfect title of the book, 'Unbroken.'
This book is hard to get through at times. It's amazing the cruelty that one person can inflict upon another. However it is worth the read and it's inspiring and it gives hope to people who might not think they can get through the worst possible situation. I also learned a lot more about the Pacific during WWII. Educational and alluring, this was definitely one of the best pieces of non-fiction I've ever read. I recommend this to anyone who needs inspiration, and also, everyone should give Mr. Zamperini the respect he deserves by reading this book.
I loved hearing about all the heros in that era who, despite being in the most dire of circumstances, had the fighting spirit to not give up. I also discovered more reasons to be proud of this Country and our Military. Very inspirational and at times heartbreaking.
I most liked Louie Zamporini! Hearing about his childhood then learning about all the phases of his life, it made me realize how powerful God has made some of us. He is an amazing person and true American Hero. His ability to be strong despite all that he went through was quite inspirational.
This is the first time I've listened to Edward Herrmann's performance. I really enjoyed it!!
A life so amazing that Hollywood writer's wouldn't have had the creativity to pen!
There was so much about WWII that I never knew until I read this book. I loved the lesson and the human story!
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