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)
Incredible and unbelievable.
The human interest and amazing personal strength.
I find it enjoyable to just relax and listen to him read as I concentrate on the story.
I laughed out loud and became chocked up during some of the serious and unbelievable parts of the story.
I find it amazing that humans can be so cruel to other humans with the thought of improving their own self image. I guess that is what you get when you have a government out of control.
Fascinating, Sad and momorable
Louis, of course.
He brings out the reality of the story.
Yes, It was difficult to put down.
All I wanted do is to stay in the car so I can hear more of the story. It changed me in ways I could never describe. I will never think of my own troubles in the same way nor will I complain as much as I used to because now I know better.
Inspiring, amazing, well written
This book is an amazing tale of courage, will power, and decision making in the most inspirational way.
I am very new to audio book as of last year 2014. I really have been missing out. I travel a lot so it's perfect for me.
Passionate, suspenseful, and dramatic
Louis is obviously my favorite because it is written from his account.
There are points his voice makes it really feel like he's the one that was there. You almost forget he's reading a book to you.
Well someone already has. Called it Unbroken. I have not seen it yet but look forward to it.
You could also call it "The American Spirit" or "The war behind enemy lines"
****Spoiler alert**** Overall great story. The part where he spent 3 years in POW camps drags on. But that being said it is very important that part of the story is told as so many men died there. And it was a long time for someone to endure that.
The horrors of WWII illustrate why our freedom is our mostly costly treasure. Time fades the real truth of the evil that rang in world war and the need for confronting evil to remove its wings, it's ability to prosper. May we never forget the courage and bravery of those who serve our country.
This was an excellent telling of Louie Zamperini's life. What a remarkable life he lead. He was a testimony of overcoming terrible trials and then finding forgiveness through Christ.
I saw the movie before reading (listening) the book. I must say that the book is so much better.
Very heartbreaking story that reminds us how cruel war can be and how strong man can be. Hats off to Louis and all the POWs that suffered. Very well written story and I really enjoyed the narrator.
This book leaves you wondering about the evils mankind is capable of. The narration can be described as "matter of fact" and the "story" like a work of fiction... honestly the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the feeling it left behind and the questions I'm still asking myself.
Truth be told, this book is extraordinarily well written and the narration is spot on. A total recommend.
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