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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption | [Laura Hillenbrand]

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

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. 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.....
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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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    Si Y 09-05-14
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    This book is simply superb. Through the horrible and fascinating story of one WWII survivor, the author has created a tribute to all veterans. The story is not only riveting but also educational and informative. For those of us who did not live through the war it is especially enlightening as to how terrible and heart-breaking a time it was for veterans and their families across the world.

    This book is so powerfully written that it may change any preconceived notions you had about WWII, Japan's role in the war and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I had never supported Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb until I read this book. The end justified the means.


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    matthew 09-04-14
    matthew 09-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have. This book captures you immediately and keeps you there. Roller coaster of emotion and gives a point of view of WWII rarely spoken of.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Emerging from the crash and surviving in the Pacific.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone of his voice matched the context well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly. I also felt sorry for him. I could not imagine being put in those situations.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book!!!

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    Goldchains 09-03-14
    Goldchains 09-03-14

    Mystery, suspense and edge of your seat listening is what I get out of Mark Greaney's writing with Jay Snyder narrating! Movies next?

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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    The fact that this is non fiction! The life of Louis Z. is truly unbelievable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    When the prisoners were finally rescued!


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    His voice is so narrative and perfect for this story of adventure, defeat and tribulation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Laura Hillenbrand is a great historical author and I will gladly sharpen my history knowledge with her books! Write more Laura!

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    Nancy Denver, CO, United States 09-03-14
    Nancy Denver, CO, United States 09-03-14
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    "Remarkable."

    The story is simply amazing, captivating and all consuming. How can any human endure such punishment? It shows how the will to live with a creative mind can overcome the unthinkable.

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    Timothy 08-29-14
    Timothy 08-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Story"
    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    This is incredible journey with amazing detail that is a tribute to the research effort of the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Louis Zamperini is a hero and will always be an inspiration to me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Truly inspired.


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    samantha anderson Twin Falls, Idaho 08-28-14
    samantha anderson Twin Falls, Idaho 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    YES! All ready did! Great story was afraid I missed something the first time.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good reading very intense... keeps one on edge


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cried my eyes out! I felt the pain in the camps and the joy of ending of the war. Such a good story!


    Any additional comments?

    I was more upset that I did not learn more about the pacific theater in school. I wonder why I learned everything from vets and books. I do wonder if the conflict in Iraq will be portrayed in the schools the same way. Just highlighting the "big" events.

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    crisis means danger and opportunity new york 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding story and presentation"
    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was born in 1945 and can remember when I was a kid standing on the street corners with my friends telling one tale of Japanese POW camp tortures (we made them up but they came pretty close to the truth) after another. I never knew where that came from at the time. Now I do. What this man and his fellows went through in the Pacific theater alone and after being captured is amazing and speaks to the strength and resilience of the people of the times. How they came out alive is amazing.

    My father was an Air Force captain (pilot) at the end of the war who spent time in Manila so the story hit closer to home to me for that reason as well.

    I cried many times during this book and can only applaud the writer for her attention to detail and historical and emotional mix.


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    andres_dandrea Venezuela 08-28-14
    andres_dandrea Venezuela 08-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Andres

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    When they were captured by japan's army


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, at the end when he forgave THE BIRD


    Any additional comments?

    Fucking loved it!

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    Deborah Brown 08-28-14
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    I found this book very intriguing... at times I laughed and at times I cried. It was a great story and would highly recommend this book to others. Amazed at what Louis Zamperini experienced in his lifetime and his spirit given all he had gone through. Amazing individual and a very well written book that keeps you wanting more.


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    Mark Hernando, MS, United States 08-25-14
    Mark Hernando, MS, United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the 2 best books I've read"
    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent true story


    Any additional comments?

    This and fearless are the 2 best books I've read in a long time.

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