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)
The Hiding Place. Both center on WWII and the cruelty of the concentration camps, perpetrated in one case by the nazis, and the other by the Japanese. I learned so much. Made me so grateful for all I have.
The lead character louis zamperini
I cried on more than one occasion. Laughed and rejoiced as well.
When I find myself complaining about trivial things I remind myself of what I have and think about those who have gone before me and what they have suffered. This book opened my eyes more widely to this. It also taught me so much about Japan's involvement in WWII as well as what American soldiers experienced and survived. Made me ever so much more grateful.
This was a great story. The beginning is slow and there's probably a little overkill on his statistics in regards to running. However, if you can make it past that you're in for a good story.
I agree with the previous reviewers. I found myself sitting in the driveway finishing a chapter, cleaning out closets in order to keep listening... I listened over lunch instead of watching the news & even laid in bed with my iPhone on my pillow. It is a compelling, fascinating, engaging & enlightening story of survival, buy this book, you will be glad you did!
The moment the life of Luis Zamperine turned from hate to forgiveness and love.
It would have been so easy to keep absorbed by hate, but Louis turned it around into something good.
The books has 3 layers.
The story of how a man (Louis Zamperine) survives horrific circumstances.
The brutality of the Japanese during WII.
The way a man (Louis Zamperini) can turn soul destroying experiences into something good.
The entire book kept me listing from the first till the last sentence.
Probably the best book I have ever listened to.
Amazing story, great storytelling performance by the audio reader too. I had to listen to this book in several sessions, taking a few breaks.
Esse Quam Videri
Hard to imagine anyone survived what he did. Only by the grace of God! This book challenged my life tremendously.
Terrific story. Makes you realize the problems you're facing in your life are minuscule by comparison. My only complaint with the audiobook is that I think it was a couple hours too long and it could be very dreary and depressing for hours and hours.
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