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)
Unbelievable Heartbreaking Beautiful
I thought it was an amazing story all around. Some of it seemed like it might have been slightly "enhanced" but it didn't take away from the fact that these men endured unbelievable odds in service to their country.
I did cry, several times. This is a book that gives you a glimmer of what these men felt; their struggles, and their triumphs.
The perfect combination of an amazing, inspiring true-life story of Louis Zamperini, wonderful writing by Laura Hillenbrand that keeps you involved at all times, and perfect narration with warmth and gravitas by Edward Hermann. The best audiobook I've ever listened to; my new gold standard!
I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. Amazing story! Highly recommend.
Great writing! Great narration! Difficult to push pause. If you like this you will also like The Boys in the Boat
Yes. It was the kind of book that puts life in to perspective.
A moving account of an incredible mans life
I have started my second listen of this wonderful story. I consider myself a history buff of WWII but somehow I never knew this deeply moving story. What a life lesson of the power of Christ and forgiveness and human love.
The overwhelming power of human survival in the depths of despair ending with the triumph of love and forgiveness as the strongest weapon against those that do us harm.
The 40 plus days lost at sea
Great story. I looked at ordering this one for a couple of months....kept passing it up as I did not know if I would like it. SO glad I ordered this book.
After starting it I couldn't put it down and yes I wanted to finish it in one sitting. However, I listened to it over several days.
This was the best audio book I have ever listened too!
This is an incredible story of survival. It makes you think about your own will to live during unbearable events.
The narration is excellent and the story is so compelling. The character development is outstanding.
He was easy to listen to.
A fabulous story that you can't get out of your head.
If you're down, depressed and think your life is bad, listen to this book. What Louis Zamperini endured while lost at sea and in a Japanese POW camp during WWII is almost stranger than fiction. His struggles and demons following the war's end are not. Both show a man pushed to the breaking point, then finding freedom and a new mission for his life. You will laugh and cry listening to this, a triumph of the human spirit.
Edward Herrmann (as usual) does an amazing job as narrator.
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