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)
Very well done. Really enjoyed the entire book. And Louie should be an inspiration for everyone, his life was an amazing story.
Edward Herman's narration was beautifully captivating. This story puts you into the war. Made me laugh and cry and generally couldn't wait to listen to it every day!
Standing watch. Learning how to learn.
Incredible tale of strength versus adversity. you don't have to be a history or war buff to appreciate every chapter of this story. Will listen to it again.
I enjoyed learning about the history of the POW camps. At points in the book it seems the author gets stuck trying to get a point across and she keeps going over and over and over and over the same thing. I find myself thinking ok, I got it, they were starving to death...move on already.
The treatment of the POW's. The early childhood back story.
Dull, Clear, Monotone
Yes, just to see how much Hermann's reading distracted from the story
This is an exceptional story told with exceptional skill about an exceptional person. Louis "Louie" Zamperini's life is inspiring, but that's not all this book has to offer. It's also a commentary on the American immigration experience, a narrative on the WWII soldier and the impact of war on the individual, a horror story on the sufferings of a POW, and a cautionary tale of the impact on returning to normalcy. The author's personal story is also inspiring, making this a near perfect experience. I don't "gush" about anything, but I can't recommend this book highly enough.
War, combat, sports? Meh. This is a very well written book, with interesting characters and great historical detail. But I'm just not interested in the subjects. Not a criticism of the book. I should have known myself better and picked something else.
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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