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)
Yes, I found there were so many facts about WWII planes I would like to listen too again. The story was riveting.
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.
I like Edward Hermann's voice. Soothing but made me want to listen.
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.
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.
I can do ALL things through Christ, Who strengthens me.
Such a heart wrenching, heartwarming story of a man and how man's resilience end dedication to God can bring you through anything.
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.
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!!!
This story of resilience, preserving, and love brought tears to my eyes several times. All the problems I've ever had seen so insignificant.
No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account
Too many to mention without giving it away
Well paced, well read throughout
Survival with courage and dignity
Listen to this story!
"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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