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Unbroken Audiobook

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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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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    Narration 5/5
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    Memorable scene: drifting in a raft in the middle of the ocean. God bless!

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    William Brown New Zealand 05-03-15
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    Great story of a true hero. I could not stop listening.
    Amazing how he keep going through it all all

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    "Required reading if you are an American."

    This book should be required reading in high school social studies class. I believe too much of our history has been erased causing future generations not to respect what our troupes went through in times of war.

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    "Life changing!"

    Have even more respect for our service men and women and a stronger faith from listening to this book. I loved it and am stunned by how evil people can be. satan can not over power the love of Christ!

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    "Powerful, humbling, inspiring."

    Illustrates the power of the human spirit to endure and the power of God given to man to forgive. Inspiring!

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    "Awesome story of personal struggle & victory!"

    This book should be read by everybody. When we are going through great trails and tribulations in our lives, we can look to a book like this to know that we can endure much much more than we think.
    Never never never give up!

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    Remembering his promise. He was able to live again. Faith and resilience uncompromised. Excellent narrator.

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    I couldn't not listening because it was so amazing. Great story and wonderful voice!! Unbroken is so inspiring and heart breaking. Enjoyed it very much!

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    Sean C. Smith Milwaukee, WI 05-01-15
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    Excellent all around. The narrator did a fantastic job. The story is in much more detail than the movie. I can't fathom what Zamparini and the other Pacific POWs went through but the narrator does his best.

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    "Most Incredible book you will ever listen to."

    this book is inspirational and amazing. a total must read. should be first on everyone's must read list.

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