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 don't have time to read the print versions. I love the audio version because allows me to immerse myself in the story, even if I am doing other things, like knitting or cleaning house.
The best moments were near the end when the planes were flying over the camps and dropping food to the prisoners. (I don't want to give away anything).
Wow, what can I say? Edward Herrmann is a winner all around. I think he could read mortgage paperwork and be interesting. What a joy to listen to a book told by not only a familiar voice, but one that is so commanding you can practically feel like you are in a movie.
I have never read a book that made me feel as many emotions as this one did. Sadness, fear, joy and sorrow. I also never read a book that literally made me cry. This was full of those moments, sometimes in the same page!
If you happened to watch the movie first, please try this version. The movie version was awful. The acting was subpar and the emotion just wasn't there. The writing in the book is superb and makes you feel like you are really there.
This story alone with so many difficult parts will bring everyone if you back to full circle if you allow it. I almost dropped to my knees. I had tears streaming down. Humanity. On every front.
I felt every word of this book. I feel like I know this man, I love this man, I want to meet this man. So well told. My heart broke over and over during this story. Yet, I felt his and others energy and will to live. I learned so much about WWII and how a will to live can survive through such hell. I'm proud of these men!
That it is a true story of an incredible man of honor and valour and GREATNESS!
I loved that it updates all the close people to Louis.
The horrors that Louis went through while in the prison camps and that he was able to stay alive through the unimaginable beatings and conditions! Triumph in the end!!!!!!!!
no I have not.
yes I laughed with Louis and saddened greatly at the continual harshness of the Japanese captors. (The Bird)
Would recommend this book to everyone!
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.
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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