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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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    "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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    Anthony LoGuirato 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    This one will stick with me forever! Just a great great story about an amazing Man!!

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    Ko Barrett 07-03-15
    Ko Barrett 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Started slow but became riveting"

    Very well written. The twists this story takes are well worth a listen. Highly recommended.

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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    I was deeply moved by this story. The narrator did a great job expressing the books characters and engaging your emotions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis Zamperini was my favorite character in the story and his life changing experience during World War II.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Louis felt compelled to go back to Japan and talk to the Japanese soldiers that hurt him and he expressed love and forgiveness. There are so many details about this time period I had forgotten and wasn't aware of. It was written unabashedly honest in the treatment of our soldiers in Japan and the honesty of telling the story of one soldiers personal experience both during the war and after the war.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't help but be moved to to tears both out of sadnes and then later joy. It's extreme what Louis Zamperini experienced and to have victory in the end is inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could be useful in understanding history better.

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    What a riveting story... It was a truly remarkable journey to listen to the legacy that was this young man.

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    Jonathan 07-01-15
    Jonathan 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    Get this audio book. The book brought tears to my eyes it was that good.

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    Kindle Customer BROOKLYN, NY United States 07-01-15
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    "Serious, funny and interesting at the same time"

    I love this book. My husband and I listened to the book during our daily commute. It shows the seriousness of war and survival as a POW. Although some of this book may be fictional it's and eye-opener. My heart goes to soldiers and I have a new found respect for them. The sacrifices they make constantly for my freedom and how hard they fight to protect and keep us free. May God bless and keep them.

    In other words this book was so well written the story came to life right before my eyes causing me to relate. Love this book!

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    Chris Nowinowski 06-30-15
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    "Inspiring."

    This was one of the best books I have listened to and the story was inspiring. Gripping from start to finish.

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    "Great story!"

    Gripping, intense, and inspiring with excellent narration! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in history, and/or biographies.

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    "Wow. Just wow."

    What an incredible story and life! Truly moved me. The performance was also very well done. Would recommend to anyone.

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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
    3/21/15
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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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