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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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    Sean Dotson 05-23-15
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    "LOVE. THIS. BOOK!!"

    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.

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    chad 05-23-15
    chad 05-23-15
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    "Great book"

    Great story line and also based on the life of a Real AAF Bombardier. I was hooked from start to finish.

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    John W. 05-22-15
    John W. 05-22-15
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    "Amazing Book"

    It made me laugh. It made me cry. Narrator is top notch. I highly recommend this book!

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    Suzanne Simpson 05-22-15
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    "GREAT!!! GREAT!!!"

    An amazing recollection and truly inspiring! I would recommend this to all especially those in uniform!

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    Toby D. Farman Newton, MA USA 05-22-15
    Toby D. Farman Newton, MA USA 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible story of unbelievable endurance"

    Great listening to Edward Hermann
    Tell this inspirational story of a remarkable man
    So well written and compelling
    Highly recommend

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    Michael R Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US 05-22-15
    Michael R Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US 05-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "heart wrenching yet uplifting."
    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible and unbelievable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human interest and amazing personal strength.


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

    I find it enjoyable to just relax and listen to him read as I concentrate on the story.


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

    I laughed out loud and became chocked up during some of the serious and unbelievable parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 05-21-15
    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 05-21-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fascinating"
    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Sad and momorable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis, of course.


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

    He brings out the reality of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, It was difficult to put down.


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    Geoff rains 05-21-15
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    "Amazing story "

    For me the beginning was slow but interest in the book increased fairly quickly. I would recommend.

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    JVD 05-20-15
    JVD 05-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Moving and breathtaking"

    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.

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    MM 05-20-15
    MM 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Book"
    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, amazing, well written


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an amazing tale of courage, will power, and decision making in the most inspirational way.

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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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