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)
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone! The reader had such a wonderful voice and I understood every word. The story was very captivating... it brought me in and kept me interested the whole time. I loved this book even though I'm not usually a reader of this type of story! It was Great!
I can't even give a book I might compare this to because it's the first book of it's kind that I've ever read. War stories aren't normally my cup of tea but this was amazing.
My favorite scene... so many favorites! I guess it would be when Louis spoke on the radio and people who knew his family recognized him and knew it was really him.
An incredible story of strength, determination, faith and family!
I felt like I was living through the war with Louie
Louie and his best friend - they were/are heros
It is a true story. It follows so many different trails, but the author does a wonderful job tying the details together. A random aside in one chapter becomes a key plot element in the next. Very well written. Intensely emotional. And inspiring story of the depths and heights of the human condition.
Definitely a book that will have you glued to every page with excitement, fear, and sadness.
For both fiction and nonfiction fans I highly recommend this book. I read mostly business and Tom Clancy books. My wife reads nora roberts and we both loved this book.
I liked that it is based on fact
It is a hard book to read because it is about the cruelty of the Japenase to pows.
This is certainly not all the book is about it is truly a great story about a 4min. ruunner and his life .
Fictional characters in narrative
The truehearted listener will enjoy this tale of a player keeping the faith so to speak.
On a human level a remarkable story; on a historical level gives insight into the treatment American POW's by Japanese.
This book touches your heart and everytime you want to break down, there's hope. This is an amazing book of resiliency, brotherhood, and spirit. Louis Zamperini expemplifies human strength and character.
The narration of the story tunes in to the emotion that is carried throughout. Beautiful.
I cried several times, but the part that overtook me was when Zamperini returned to the United States, returned to his family and home yet didn't quite belong. The emotional terror that he continued to experience broke my heart.
Live life smell the roses and rejoice.
Incredible inspiring fantastic
Mr. Louis Zamparini
A truly fantastic book that if you have anyone in the military you should listen to it and remember the sacrifices that are made.
Absolutely enthralling book
Louis Zamprini, of course!
So amazed when they were rescued from the sea, only to be thrown in the POW camp, which was worse...who knew?
More than one man should ever have to bear
Edward Hermann was a genius and a fantastic pick for this book. I found myself sitting in my car, determined to find out the fate of Zamprini...only to have to wait until I was driving again. Just when I thought he couldn't handle any more, more was thrown at him, and he kept surviving! Amazing!
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