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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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    Kris Maruna 07-09-15
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    Fantastic listen. This is my first book that I have listened to trough audible. The quality was great and the story was captivating. If not for work and the little social life I have I would have listened to it straight through. I will be listening to this again very soon. I can't get every all the trials and tribulations these men went through. It's stories like this one that give me that much more pride to be part of the few within the greatest military in the world. The United States military.

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    Susan 07-09-15
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    "Religious moral"

    Loved the beginning, middle too long, end spoiled it for me but if you are religious you will like it.

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    Chad 07-08-15
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    "Greatest!"

    Absolutely amazing everything that he went through and still came out positive on the other side.

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    Leilani 07-08-15
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    "loved it"

    very emotional and makes you feel you are there... I also watched the movie which I also enjoyed thoroughly.

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    Larry Burris 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read"

    Captivating! Story was not only entertaining but educational. The narration was top notch and enjoyable. I would highly recommend!

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    Susan 07-07-15
    Susan 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible and wonderful story."

    Well - told by Hillenbrand, another great story. Edward Hermann is a long-time favorite actor. His voice was perfect for this narration. So professional but also so human like the story is. I couldn't stop listening!!

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    Jennifer Block 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome!"

    This was an amazing story. I had a hard time getting away from this book and would recommend it to anyone.

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    SamPaasch 07-07-15
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    Not only is it a wonderful story, it is read beautifully and will make you feel like you are in the past with them. Warning it is a tear jerker

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    Julye Clark 07-05-15
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    Louie is the ultimate example of the Bible verse - I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.

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    "Most entertaining and educational"

    Somewhat of a student of the Wars of our fathers this was a great story and I thank Ms Hillenbrand for a well written slice of history

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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!

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  • Renata Rissi Silva
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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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