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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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    Paul 11-21-15
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    made me tear up several times at the incredible power of the human spirit and the faith of a man developed in dire circumstances forgotten for a time and recalled to remembrance through the efforts of a loving spouse and an inspired minister. a wonderful story of family love and Devotion.

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    A marvelous story of one man's journey to find peace and extend that peace to others. If someone needs a tuneup about history, life and forgiveness, then this is the book

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    "An amazing story of a hero"

    I have seen the movie but now to hear the book is outstanding. Enjoyed every part of it.

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    "Life!"

    Never lose hope! Thank you Hillenbrand and Zamperini! I find myself saying, if Zamperini could I could!

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    Arion Smith 11-16-15
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    I have listened to this story three times in less than one year. The story of Louis's courage amidst unbeatable odds will stay with me all my days. Also, the narrator, Edward Herman, soon became as important as the story itself.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-13-15
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Details Overwhelm, Bore You, at times"

    I cannot deny that this is a good story. Well written and well narrated. But some of the details go beyond what is needed for a good story. They do not add much to the amazing feat of Zamperini's survival. But it is still worth spending the credit and time to listen.

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    Caroline S. Hardison Albuquerque, New Mexico United States 11-12-15
    Caroline S. Hardison Albuquerque, New Mexico United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "great story of personal integrity and redemption."

    not many could survive and later thrive after an ordeal like this. WWII was the the worst of humanity and brought out the best of humanity to stop it.

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    Timothy W. 11-12-15
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    "Pretty Tiring"

    Struggle, torture, survival and redemption. Pretty decent but nothing new. By the end I was glad it was over.

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    "Incredible!"

    The story of this man's life is extraordinary and the book is incredibly well written. Edward Hermann presented it impeccably. Brava and bravo!!!

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    Amazing inspiring story! Absolutely worth while ! I loved it and couldn't believe how interesting it was. Would heartily recommend

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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
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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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