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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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    Andy 07-24-15
    Andy 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Edward Herrmann makes this come alive"

    It's a great story; unbelievably gripping in places but, besides Zamp, Edward Herrmann is what moved this along.

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    Amazon Customer 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The most amazing story!!!"

    Nothing short of Amazing! Loved sharing this book with my husband. We listened in the car as we crossed the U.S.

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    Lacey 07-23-15
    Lacey 07-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    Great narration, I felt like someone was just telling me the story. Excellent writing that really made the WWII time period come to life for me.

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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 07-22-15
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 07-22-15 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version....I have seen the book...The book does have pictures of many of those mentioned in the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    ALL of it! I am not one to listen to or read a book about soldiers/ war etc. But I have to say, wow wow wow. The writing of the story was top notch, the reading was impeccable by the great Edward Herrmann...I had a hard time putting my Mp3 player down.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. Every book that I have listened to that Mr. Herrmann reads has been fabulous.


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

    Yes, it was...but alas...life goes on. I will most definitely listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    I checked out the print book from the library so my husband can read it...he is not an 'audio book kind of guy'...lol That is how much I was impressed by the story.

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    theycank 07-22-15
    theycank 07-22-15
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    "Touching story masterfully told."

    I was surprised at the full detail of this story. Loved getting so many people's perspective and Edward Herrmans masterful narration.

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    L. E. Rust 07-22-15
    L. E. Rust 07-22-15
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    "Great book good history"

    Great book, a lot of history about man's inhumanity to man. A must read for anyone who would like to know the atrocities of war

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    Daniel 07-22-15
    Daniel 07-22-15
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    "One of the best stories you'll ever hear!"

    Fantastic story from WWII that shows why America fought the Japanese, the intense will to survive for POWS and why dropping the atomic bombs saved many American and Japanese lives. Great history, but the greatest part of the book is how God is the real hero and how he can change and restore lives.

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    Josh 07-22-15
    Josh 07-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    Easily my favorite book of the year. Exceptional from start to finish. You'll share this with your kids.

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    Jon 07-21-15
    Jon 07-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    Should be required ready for every American, especially high school kids. A life well lived!

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    Prashant Patel 07-21-15
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    "Awesome way of narrating history!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the audio edition, with Edward Hermann's narration was really good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The description of the end of war - very vivid description that had me visualizing the pallets of food, candies, and magazines falling in rice paddies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fastest mile - the apparent nonchalance of Luis at the end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Luis' and Phil's ability to forgive Mac for eating all their provisions on the first night of their ordeal and his death.


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