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Unbroken Audiobook

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. 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.....
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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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    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 04-29-15
    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Presentation"

    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.

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    Jaike Sydney, NSW Australia 04-29-15
    Jaike Sydney, NSW Australia 04-29-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant"

    Expertly researched and beautifully written. Unflinching but unsensational. I could not stop listening. Great narration as well. An incredible record of a mans life.

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    Jason 04-29-15
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    "Really good book"

    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.

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    Paul HaworthUnited Kingdom 04-29-15
    Paul HaworthUnited Kingdom 04-29-15 Member Since 2004
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    "A bit too harrowing"

    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.

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    Pen Name 04-28-15
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    "good accept the ending"

    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.

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    Cosette J. Lucero Arvada, Colorado United States 04-28-15
    Cosette J. Lucero Arvada, Colorado United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting!"

    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.

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    P. Ard 04-28-15
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    "Beautiful story of resilience and forgiveness"

    This book was amazing. I cried and cheered for Louie as he was going through life! Beautifully written! Definitely 100 times better than the movie.

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    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 04-28-15
    Bob Kearneysville, WV United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspirational but excessive detail on torture"

    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.

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    Great story of perseverance and redemption. The survival at sea and the trauma of being tortured by the Japanese people made this an incredibly compelling story.

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    Gina 04-28-15
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    Loved the story and the narration. What an experience for any human being to survive. I will definitely look for other titles by this narrator.

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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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