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)
Inspirational and moving true story beautifully narrated by Edward Hermann. A must for all who think they can't survive an awful situation.
This is an almost unbelievable story of an individual's strength and perseverance. Some of the story was so intense it was difficult to listen to. In the end, the story is completely inspirational
Since both of my grandfather was involved in WWII. They had shared their stories to me and to everyone in the family.. When one of my grandfather passed away, my cousin had found out that that grandfather who passed away first was involved with Pearl Harbor in his Navy years. I know that there is a movie that been made which I haven't seen yet. But, I want to read the novel so that I can see and feel about this soldier who suffered a lot in his past. And I had figured out that this is why my grandfather didn't share the stress that he had gone through.. Also, I want to hear more about the survivor and how he able to survive and get his freedom that he deserves.
The story is gripping and amazing. I couldn't stop listening. The narration was very good. I didn't think I would like it, but I really loved it.
This book captured me from the start and carried my attention through its end. Very well done.
What was endured by this man and so many others humbles me and feeds the pride of a noble generation. well written..engaging..
The descriptive events, history, and perspectives enrich my knowledge of the period while providing an unexpectedly rich literary experience.
The narration was wonderful. the explicit details in which the author wrote the story was amazing. some of the details made you feel like you were right there in the story with them I don't know if I would want to see the movie after the picture the book left in my mind.
"It's a definitely must-read book"
An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!
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