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)
Narration was perfect. Never wanted to stop listening. Each character held our interest including the horrific " bird". The strength of each of the Zamparini family members was phenomenal.
One of the best World War II stories I have ever heard The resilience of man has always been a great interest for me this book is a culmination of that interest
I have been going back and forth on reading this for a while. I'm so glad I finally did. It is truly an inspirational story of one man's struggle to overcome impossible to imagine brutality. The author tells the story in an unvarnished manner. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in World War II, or history, or simply the wonders of the human spirit.
This ranks pretty high. An engaging and remarkable true story. A fantastic and riveting performance by the late Edward Herrmann. I will certainly listen to anything this artist has performed.
Louis Zamperini. What a scrapper.
His humanity. The dignity he lent to the performance, particularly when dealing with the difficulty of the conditions in the POW camps. Remarkable.
So many moments, but the one that moved me most was Louis reading the names on the wall when first captured by the Japanese. Heart wrenching.
A stunning combination of great story, good writing and an eloquent and engaging performance. A great audio book.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I did see the movie, but it did not ruin the story for me. There is so much more in the book than the movie could capture. Hard to believe how Louis and other POW's survived the torture, starvation and loss of dignity. The reader was perfect!
I usually read when I go to bed at night. Definitely not recommended for this book. Many sleepless nights. Now that I finally finished it, I look forward to a good night's sleep.
"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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