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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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    M. Lehi, UT, United States 05-16-15
    M. Lehi, UT, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well written."

    The story on its own is harrowing. The story teller helped to provide glimpses into the lives of the principal players on this horrific stage of reality.

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    kevin 05-15-15
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    "This book rates more than 5 stars."

    This book far exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this to everyone. The narrator did a great job! Thank you!

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    Jason A Spangler 05-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Best Audible Book I've Listened To"

    Griping story, and great naration. I was hooked from the beginning and on edge throughout.

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    Matthew C Zimmerman 05-15-15
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    "Best book I have listened to!"

    This story combined with the narrators skill is incredible! It is definitely worth listening to. There are couple moments of profanity so be careful around kids.

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    Leigh 05-14-15
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    "Made Me Cry"

    Narrator was great! Story was even better. Louie Zamperini will live on! Excellent! Would absolutely without a doubt recommend this.

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    Sean Calleja Lawton, OK, US 05-13-15
    Sean Calleja Lawton, OK, US 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Praise God and God bless our POWs"

    This story is an inspiration and a testament to the power of hope. The narrator draws the reader in beautifully and the images are very powerful. The Epilogue is the best part. This was an incredible story and I hope the movie doesn't ruin it or Hollywood remove Zamp's dedication to Christ.

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    Patricia Minger Alameda, CA USA 05-13-15
    Patricia Minger Alameda, CA USA 05-13-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    Superb. We never hear much about the Pacific POWs, this is compelling. I have no more to say. The end

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    Michael Kasprzak 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Highly recommend giving Unbroken a read or listen. There is so much more in the book then what you see in the movie.

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    Ismail 05-12-15
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    "Enjoyed it"

    Really enjoyed it.
    I just finished WWII book and this just came in the right time to add human side to history. Wonderful saga.

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    Carie 05-10-15
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    A remarkable story of an incredible man, his journey and his God told by a very capable storyteller and read by an engaging artist.

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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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