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)
it was hard to read what pow went thru.let alone having to live thru it.wow.
The story flowed well and was interesting. The things these men endured were so horrendous . It was a good book I'd recommend it. Now that I'm finished I'll watch the movie and see if it measures up.
This audiobook was absolutely amazing. This is not the typical genre I would "read" but I cannot imagine not having experienced it. It is heartbreaking, yet important and simply heroic. I was transported back to this time in history and at time found myself getting emotional listening to this. Please don't pass this one up.
I drive a lot so might as well make good use of that time.
Very interesting. It really opened my eyes to the war in the pacific. At times seemed to drag but at the end was worth it.
This book is amazing. Wow! What a renewed respect I have for or service men and women. I am glad that I listened to it add I don't think I could have made it through. It made me laugh and brought me to tears. Thank you for this incredible story of redemption!
I've spent a lot of time over the years, learning about WWII. However, it has been mainly focused on Europe. Not only did I learn some history, it was an emotional roller-coaster!
The unbelievable things these men experienced...
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