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)
This audio book caught me from the first sentence. This has never happened to me before, though I have listened to a few of Edward Hermann's narrations and many other great audio books. He has the ability to not take over the book, but deliver it with the proper emotions and feelings for the subject. This book was fantastic, never lagging.
I could not stop listening to this powerful, heartbreaking story. The experience and suffering was so powerful. It would be hard to believe if it were fiction, the fact that it is true made me stretch my imagination and realm of what humans can inflict on others and how someone can tolerate and then thrive under continually brutal circumstances.
A remarkable story, incredibly well written and performed. Not to be missed.
The vanquish over pure evil - experiencing gut-wrenching horrors to tears of joy.
When McArthur and Harris were seen together, I shed tears. The death of the duck is a scene I would like to forget, but never will.
Whenever I feel sorry for myself, I will think of his flea-bitten, maggot-infested body and his toils in filth - no better cure.
This is a fabulous book. Beautifully written with perfect timing in all areas: comedy, tragedy, suspense, pathos. I listen to books as I walk to work and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue. The story is unforgettable and deeply moving. Laura Hillenbrand should be justly proud of an amazing achievement. This is truly a must read for everyone.
This was tough to listen to at times, but very engaging. I felt like I was there...it made history come alive for me. When I finished the book, I did a little more research and thought about the experience. To me, that is the true sign of a good book - the impact it has AFTER you have read the final page.
Knowing it was/is a true story.
The days spent in the water with nothing to eat, talking about food. Talking, talking and talking....men don't talk. Or do they?
No, there was too much to think about.
I've heard other books by Edward Herrmann....good choice. It really made me think of how horrible war is, how cruel humans are and how loving God is.
This was the best ever. Well writen. An amazing story, which is so good that one has to remind yourself that this is a true story.
From the first word to the last.
He read the story well, but without taking anything from the reader, this book and story is extra ordinary.
It grips you by the throat and pulls you along as if floating helplessly on a sea current.
I hope someone is making a movie out of this. If made well it can be bigger than Titanic and Ben Hur.
Inspiring, eye-opening, and fascinating!
The writing was one of my favorite aspects of this book. The way the story was told was top-notch. The actual story was inspirational and also informative. I was hooked in the first five minutes and crying and laughing for Louis in the first hour. Absolutely wonderful- a life-changing read.
He was perfect! Emotional when necessary but not overly so. He did a wonderful job.
Absolutely! I did my best!!
Everyone should read this; everything from the statistics to the actual story were things that no one on earth should go without hearing.
This book is very descriptive, heart wrenching and good. I enjoyed it and have now started having dreams of what it must have been like for these men.
What I learned from his experience.
The Hiding Place
Just his experience after he got home. It seemed like he hit rock bottom then and understood God's plan for him and walked away from all the hate. You think you don't make a difference to anyone.
I have a hard time picking these kinds of stories because it really hurts to know the terrible things that people had to go through, but I know there is something for me to learn and appreciate.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content