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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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    Cathy D. English 06-20-15
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    "Inspiring and uplifting!"

    A hard book to listen to but a wonderful example of God's amazing grace and the power of forgiveness!

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    J. Mayfield Planet Earth 06-20-15
    J. Mayfield Planet Earth 06-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent and historical."

    This brought back many memories for me. Excellent narration and factual. A story everyone should listen to. Times were very different then.

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    B.L. 06-19-15
    B.L. 06-19-15
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    "Moving and powerful"

    My gratitude to Ms. Hillenbrand cannot be adequately expressed. The depth and detail of this work has not only taught, but has allowed me to feel and imagine beyond anything I ever expected or experienced before. Researching on my own about this marvelous author, I find myself even more moved and indebted.

    Note, I will greatly miss Edward Herrmann.

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    Kristen 06-19-15
    Kristen 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing."

    This is the most amazing story of resilience. A must read/listen.
    Goosebumps. Tears. All the feels. So so so good.

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    Shannon Smith Raleigh, NC United States 06-19-15
    Shannon Smith Raleigh, NC United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging, Horrifying Story from Beginning to End"

    The story kept my attention throughout the book. It was eye opening. I had not heard much about the Pacific theatre of WWII.

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    "What an amazing story"
    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    I wouldn't imagine ever going through what these men went through. if you want to talk about courage, it's there, leadership, it's there, faith, it is there. Outstanding story telling. MUST READ.


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    lars 06-19-15
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    "Fantastic and horrifying!"

    A fantastic and horrifying story, that completely sucks you in, as if you were there!

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    Craig W. Mcsorley 06-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    This book and its subject matter was one of the best I have heard. Just finished it for the second time this year. Kept my attention the whole time.

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    Shay 06-18-15
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    "Amazing story!"

    This is one of the best books that I've heard in a while. It was such a beautiful story.

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    at times heartwarming ,shocking and ultimately triumphant it restored faith in the human spirit and it's relationship to God

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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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