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 is one of the best most incredible books I have ever read! How could this one man endure so much?! I am in awe. The book was very well written, the narrator was perfect for the story. I highly recommend this book!
This book was wonderful -- a gripping tale based on real characters and events. I really felt connected to Louie and could almost feel his pain.
The movie was good, but the book was (as is so often the case) much better. I really liked the additional understanding of him before the war and the troubles he faced after the war. The insights into events in post-war Japan was also very interesting.
I'd highly recommend for anyone interested in WWII, anyone interested in survival, and anyone just interested in a good story. My son just went through AF survival school and I recommended it to him as a great story of survival.
Fantastic listen. This is my first book that I have listened to trough audible. The quality was great and the story was captivating. If not for work and the little social life I have I would have listened to it straight through. I will be listening to this again very soon. I can't get every all the trials and tribulations these men went through. It's stories like this one that give me that much more pride to be part of the few within the greatest military in the world. The United States military.
Well - told by Hillenbrand, another great story. Edward Hermann is a long-time favorite actor. His voice was perfect for this narration. So professional but also so human like the story is. I couldn't stop listening!!
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