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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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    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
    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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    Dorie Damisch 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    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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    "Wow"

    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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    "don't settle for movie, this is a must read"

    Although this is a somewhat difficult read due to the atrocities committed by the Japanese guards and the depths of depravity you see in human nature, this is a must read story. The great lengths and details the auther put into the book speak volumes of telling this terrific story.

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    Carmen Saldana 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great life-changing & inspiring story!"

    Great narrator!!! I was very invested in the story and It helped me understand WWII a little better! Hear it before watching the movie and have a tissue handy!

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    Mark 04-27-15
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    "Amazing and inspirational"

    loved this book! had a hard time putting it down. So inspirational. Well written. I liked the background information given on the people involved in Louie's life. Was easy to picture what was going on and get a very clear idea of what this anazing man went through.

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    Teresa United States 04-27-15
    Teresa United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read!"

    Even if you saw the movie, you did not get 30% of the real story and you are really missing out on what we really owe our military if you rely on the movie and accept it as the whole. Hollywood left out a significant part of this hero's story which is both heart wrenching and heart warming.

    The narration is seamless and brings the pictures full force to your mind! Take a moment of your time to thank a Veteran and mean it!

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    Roxysoxy 04-27-15
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    "A must read."

    Incredible story highlighting a widely unheard recollection of the conflict. The narration was flawless. Both accurately historical and awe inspiring.

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  • Iain
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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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