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)
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Everything about this audible book was excellent and it was difficult to put it down.
Having not seen the movie I was intrigued by the constantly evolving story and couldn't believe that this was non-fiction. The life of Louie is truly remarkable. The story is well told and addictive. This book will not disappoint.
I love reading history, Isabel & Ferdinand, Columbus, or Mary Queen of Scots - fascinating, rich lives woven into a tension filled narrative
I think not - because it is a 'heavy' story until Louis comes to know Jesus. He had an arduous experience, and its not one I would want to revisit very often.
When Louis stands in front of The Bird, and takes the beatings over and over and over again. Of course, this is not a representation of Jesus, Louis was not even a believer yet. And yet, it is a visual and emotional account of a man standing and receiving blows and beatings that he did not deserve. A profound visual of the Cross.
When Louis is reconnected to his family - I could see his little mother beaming with delight that her little boy was home.
It is a very sobering reminder of mans' blindness to his personal sin before surrendering to truth. It is a visceral reminder of the truth of the unredeemed, untouched heart.
I loved the book. It was just difficult to read, yet I was on edge, wanting to read and finish it.
Unbroken is one of the most compelling audio books I have listened to. As the daughter of a WWll veteran who suffered from PTSD long before this trauma-based affliction had a name, I was deeply moved by the depth and heart wrenching truth of Laura Hillenbrand's novel read with such clarity by Edward Herrmann.
I learned so much about history through the life of this inspiring man. As a Christian, the story of his conversion and how it helped him overcome the horrors of war, was moving.
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