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Unbroken Audiobook
Unbroken
Written by: 
Laura Hillenbrand
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
Unbroken Audiobook

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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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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    Steve Latham HOUSTON, TX, US 05-31-15
    Steve Latham HOUSTON, TX, US 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, very well told."

    Really enjoyed this story. Much more detailed than the movie, I'm very happy to recommend.

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    Blueshorts801 Arabia 05-30-15
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    "Phenomenal performance of a phenomenal life"

    This book is moving, and is the undeniably powerful story of man and his will to live and his God who helped him accomplish it. Edward Herrmann is a remarkable narrator whose voice fits perfectly with such a noble story. The story can be very violent and almost excruciating to listen to because of the unfathomable torture the POWs had to endure. But it is all part of the story, and would not be as powerful without it.

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    RealEstatePro 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Touching story"

    My father fought in WWII. I never understood his feelings about the Japanese. I do now

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    Michelle 05-29-15
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    "This is a touching and meaningful story"

    This story will take you on an emotional ride full of honor and respect. if you are a history enthusiasts, you should definatly take a look.

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    "Unbelievable account!"

    Even though I saw the movie, I was overwhelmed by the documentary description of cruelty and yet hopes of the prisoners of war.

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    jimknott 05-29-15
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    "A Must Read/Listen"

    Find inspiration in duty, survival, despair and ultimate personal victory...read this book. Louis Zamperini is a hero for the ages.

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    David Weikel Atlanta Georgia USA 05-29-15
    David Weikel Atlanta Georgia USA 05-29-15 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the best I've ever heard"

    Fantastic story highly recommended. Great narration added to the drama of the saga. I read this after the movie came out, but never saw the movie. If the movie followed this story, it must have been very poignant and moving. The author did a wonderful job putting the story together and it flowed perfectly. Well done.

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    Kathleen S Lynch 05-29-15
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    "Respect"

    I have a new found respect for "The Greatest Generation", especially of those who fought for freedom and were POWs. I will experience Memorial Days differently from now on.

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    Chris 05-28-15
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    "Wow..."

    An amazing and powerful story! It conjures happiness and joy, as well as dark pain and sadness... Ultimately showing us the true strength of the human spirit!

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    Brendan 05-28-15
    Brendan 05-28-15
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    "Powerful story"

    Listening to this audiobook really transformed the way I approach my day to day inconveniences which previously seemed to carry more weight.
    This story keeps you rooting against all odds, amid the worst punishments one could never begin to imagine.

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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
    3/21/15
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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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