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)
This story caused me to cry more than once throughout. And my nearly broke when their hardship on the ocean was over.... only to turn into something even worse. Incredible man with an incredible story that I'm so glad he recorded and shared!
Have found audiobooks to be a great way to pass time during long car road trips for work, and Audible makes it easy.
I thought the book and narration performance were outstanding. Really made me excited to see the movie, which (as happens in most cases) I felt didn't live up to the book. What a fascinating individual. Highly recommended.
The spunk of Louie and that his family loved and supported him through good and bad.
When he went to the Billy Graham tent meeting and decided to keep his promise to God that he had made on the lifeboat, received the peace of God, stopped drinking, stopped smoking and stopped having nightmares and flashbacks of his ordeal. It was another miracle in this man's life that showed him God wanted him for Himself.
When they had to fight off the sharks jumping in the lifeboat.
When his wife died.
I kept thinking, no one could live through this without the hand of God bringing him through it. And it made me wonder how different Louie could have possibly been from all the other POWS who did not live. For a reason only God knows, he was spared. He should have been dead a hundred times, but it never happened.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
A wonderful true story of a man who took life at its worst and always wound up on top of things. Well voiced by Mr. Herrmann. I looked on the internet and found out he just died in July 2014, They made a movie out of this book but I'm told they left the redemption part out of things so i'll wait to watch it on netflix. Highly recommended. Right now they are selling this book for under 4 dollars... unbelievable.
"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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