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Unbroken Audiobook

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    LINDA 05-26-15
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    "The ultimate survival story"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    Yes, I found there were so many facts about WWII planes I would like to listen too again. The story was riveting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the story about a rambunctious boy, who turned into a man that was able to use what others saw as delinquency to his advantage to survive.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like Edward Hermann's voice. Soothing but made me want to listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried many times in the middle and end and I laughed a few times. My gut felt sick for the inhumanity of men and sadness for the women in war.


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    Nathan Huggins 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An Amazing Triumph"

    This is one of the most heartbreaking and redemptive stories I've ever heard. I highly recommend it.

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    Kayla 05-25-15
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    Thank you God, for well written tales of overcoming. This is a good one, folks, well worth your time. Do not settle with the movie, which is good, but lacking so much of this marvelous story.

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    S. Streiff-process Milwaukee WI 05-25-15
    S. Streiff-process Milwaukee WI 05-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Incredible"

    In the tradition of great story telling this story walks. The journey of this man's life is mind boggling. The grace with which the story is told is breathtaking. A fitting way to spend the Memorial Day weekend.

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    Cleopatra Centreville, VA United States 05-24-15
    Cleopatra Centreville, VA United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2013

    I can do ALL things through Christ, Who strengthens me.

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    Such a heart wrenching, heartwarming story of a man and how man's resilience end dedication to God can bring you through anything.

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    Susan 05-24-15
    Susan 05-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Intense"

    The emotional ride is intense. I can't even imagine surviving those conditions. Edward Herman was the perfect narrator. Well done.


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    Mark Heavener 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth Your Time!!"

    A story of grit, determination and mercy. This is a story you can listen to and lose yourself in.

    And believe that there is mercy for you no matter what.

    I listened to this story on the edge of my seat whilst recovering from major surgery. Trust me, and the others who have reviewed the audible book, it's a read, or a listen worth your time.

    Heads up: The shark stories are suspenseful. And there are incredible stories of sadness and evil.

    Best to you as you contemplate this life led.

    S. Heavener

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    Scott Fowler Petal, MS 05-24-15
    Scott Fowler Petal, MS 05-24-15
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    "Amazing!!!"

    I have always been a WWII history buff and I hold the Greatest Generation in the absolute highest regard. This story has only strengthened my feelings towards the men and womeen who brought this country through that national nightmare victorious over those who wished to destroy our country. I had never heard the life story of Mr. Zamperini before now, and I am so grateful and humbled by his service, sacrifice, and perseverence. He was and will forever be a national treasure!!!

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    Susan Denver, CO, United States 05-23-15
    Susan Denver, CO, United States 05-23-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Riveting!!!"

    I so enjoyed this book. Great story. Great writing. Great narration. I couldn't put it down!

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    Michael Smith Fort Mill, SC 05-23-15
    Michael Smith Fort Mill, SC 05-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazingly beautiful"

    This story of resilience, preserving, and love brought tears to my eyes several times. All the problems I've ever had seen so insignificant.

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  • Iain
    11/9/15
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    "Stunning spirit"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Too many to mention without giving it away


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Well paced, well read throughout


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival with courage and dignity


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this story!

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  • Renata Rissi Silva
    3/21/15
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    "It's a definitely must-read book"
    What did you like most about Unbroken?

    An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!


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