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)
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes different types of books. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who loves deep, deep love stories. This book is my new favorite book and I will listen to this book throughout the rest of my years because it gave me tremendous hope.
Great listening to Edward Hermann
Tell this inspirational story of a remarkable man
So well written and compelling
Incredible and unbelievable.
The human interest and amazing personal strength.
I find it enjoyable to just relax and listen to him read as I concentrate on the story.
I laughed out loud and became chocked up during some of the serious and unbelievable parts of the story.
I find it amazing that humans can be so cruel to other humans with the thought of improving their own self image. I guess that is what you get when you have a government out of control.
Fascinating, Sad and momorable
Louis, of course.
He brings out the reality of the story.
Yes, It was difficult to put down.
All I wanted do is to stay in the car so I can hear more of the story. It changed me in ways I could never describe. I will never think of my own troubles in the same way nor will I complain as much as I used to because now I know better.
Inspiring, amazing, well written
This book is an amazing tale of courage, will power, and decision making in the most inspirational way.
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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