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)
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is a wonderful book about an amazing man in unimaginable circumstances.
I'm a fan of books that promote traditional family values and offer uplifting messages.
This book came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. I was into it the whole way. I admire the subject for all he endured and the author for the pain-staking research, attention to detail, and the way the story was crafted and told. High marks all around!
I was moved to tears over and over again while listening to this story. I learned so many things about WWII that I never knew before.
Knowing nothing about the book before I read it, I was quite interested by how the main character was so entwined in history. Not only does this book give a story, but also history snippets along with it. Definitely a book filled with amazing facts and triumphs.
Edward Herrman's voice never tired me and , in my opinion, his interpretations of the dialogue were fitting. I highly suggest listening.
What an amazing story! The rider has crafted not only a biography but it historical stamp of World War II in the Asian theater. I found myself horrified and astonished that the details survived for the retelling. Ultimately it's uplifting. However the journey to that point is very emotional and disturbing. You'll have to read it for yourself and find your own words. Terrific book go read it.
This is a story about many war heroes, not just about one. I found this story to be very touching and moving on many levels. this is a must read for any history buff.
You will be drawn into the intense story and the heartbreaking reality that war is unkind, and then into the light and belief that God, love and grace can conquer and heal.
No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account
Too many to mention without giving it away
Well paced, well read throughout
Survival with courage and dignity
Listen to this story!
"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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