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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption | [Laura Hillenbrand]

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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    Me Redmond, WA United States 05-16-12
    Me Redmond, WA United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The Pacific Side"
    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Philip as he was a hero as well.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One man's struggle to overcome unthinkable odds.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lot about the Pacific side of WWII, but in a personal way.

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    jen happy valley, OR, United States 05-15-12
    jen happy valley, OR, United States 05-15-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a good book however the details of the story was sorta long in chapters. Very long. Listening to the guy read it to me was time consuming and slow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    no comment


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Louis Zaperini, prankster!


    Did Unbroken inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The main character who the book was about is a very facinating character in which i found out is still alive living in california.

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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 05-15-12
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 05-15-12 Member Since 2008

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    "A Triumph!"

    Laura Hillenbrand tell this story of human triumph that will make your heart soar.
    Why do some people survive against all odds while others crumble at the slightest hard times? In this lovely true story you get to know this bigger than life man from infant to elderly man and marvel at the gift the lord gave in at birth. As a child it seem as if this gift was from the devil himself until he harnessed the power it gave him.

    Do treat yourself to a book that will give you reason to cheer. I was worried that it would be too sad of a story to finish but I was so wrong.

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    K. Holt 05-14-12
    K. Holt 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't want to stop listening .... captivating"
    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    A very well written story. Great character development.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Edward Herrmann is very easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


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    Tina Anoka, MN, United States 05-11-12
    Tina Anoka, MN, United States 05-11-12
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    "not normally my genre but I loved it"

    I generally don't enjoy history stories because they never grab my attention but this one had me hooked! I listened to the whole thing in a matter of 2 days. Seriously, fantastic.

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    Marcy Fairfield, CT, United States 05-07-12
    Marcy Fairfield, CT, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Harrowing and Fascinating"

    The strength and integrity of Louis Zamporini shines through every minute of this story that is expertly told both by author and narrator. I am not generally a World War II buff, but this story reached me and I simultaneously wanted to reach the end and never wanted to. This is a story I will never forget. I recommend this to just about anyone.

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    Dennis United States 05-07-12
    Dennis United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic book. Performance is exceptional"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    I loved the performance, kept me on the edge of my seat (literally, I was listening in my car) as the actors transported me to WW2 .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The time on the life raft was chilling and inspirational


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    Jaclyn St.Andrews, MB, Canada 05-06-12
    Jaclyn St.Andrews, MB, Canada 05-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "incredible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An outstanding, moving, incredulous story. I had not known the horror of the Japanese POW camps, nor had I imagined that someone could live through them. What an inspiring story.


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    Amy Kansas city, MO, United States 05-02-12
    Amy Kansas city, MO, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!"
    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the BEST book I have ever read or listened to! You will not regret this purchase!


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    Leslie Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Leslie Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I enjoyed the style of writing and the detail that was just enough to make me feel a part of the story. The tedium of Louis Zamperini's exhausting trials were portrayed through words and length and description.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    There were so many. Not wanting to ruin the story for another reader, suffice it to say I most remember the moments when through all calamity, misery or pain, Louis Zamperini showed the strength of character that amazes and inspires me to rise to greater heights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say or it would ruin the story for another.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, there were so many that made me reflect on my life's trials and how I handle them and how much we can actually get through and not only survive but thrive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was long and exhausting but only because I felt like I had to suffer along with Mr. Zamperini and so wanted to get him out! It is our trials more than our triumphs that help us to grow. He was a giant of a person and proved it throughout the rest of his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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