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)
Learning about the extreme difficulties and horrors experienced by American troops held captive was an eye-opening experience. I saw the movie, but the book provided more detail.
Expertly researched and beautifully written. Unflinching but unsensational. I could not stop listening. Great narration as well. An incredible record of a mans life.
The last part is alright but overall is very interesting, it's nonfiction but it's as good as fiction. and has a lot of history stuff in it which is really cool for a '90s kid like me.
An incredible story of survival under the most unimaginable conditions. At first I almost thought it was fiction because the things that happened were beyond what you would think any human being could endure.
I liked the entire novel save for the very end. I didnt care for the religious undertones throughout the novel and in the end, the character gives "god" credit for his survival rather than accept his own strength and fortitude.
Good read! Excellent description of Zamparini's horrific experience! This should be mandatory reading for high school students and anyone considering enlistment in the military.
I found this book to be extremely inspirational especially the way Louis the protagonist bounced back.
A large portion of the book was devoted to describing his torture in POW camps by the Japanese. I appreciated learning about the details but felt this description took up too much content for my taste.
Nevertheless it's an inspirational story about a truly remarkable individual and how he managed to survive and overcame his limitations.
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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