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)
A story about forgiveness and love for a family. How a great God can restore our mind after years of suffering and pain. It took me to a place that I had never heard about. Loved it!
The writing and the narration were top notch. This book kept me riveted throughout and wow what an amazing story. Highly recommend this to people of all ages.
Loved this so much more than I expected to. Amazing story with lots of historical details I didn't know. This is the most inspirational, encouraging book I've ever read. It is my new favorite in nonfiction and maybe overall favorite. Easy to listen to but hard to put down!
long book but each word is unreal that any human can experience and survive any of these circumstances! the greatest generation without a doubt. a must read!
This is an incredible story and I can recommend it enough. I have at least 3 friends that now have their nose in this book and cannot put it down. The narration is perfect for the book. While I read I switched back and forth doing more research and looking at photos of the superman etc. What could be better than a book that makes you want to learn more.
must listen for any wwii aficionado.. the author is a wordsmith, painting a brutal, vibrant portrait of torture & anguish.. and leaving room for redemption & forgiveness. literally cried through over half the book, both in heartbreak and soul lifting triumph. highest recommendation
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