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 do, I have, I will! Just an interesting, compelling story told with an authentic voice.
the strength of the human spirit.....Where does it come from? The ability to survive the hopeless circumstance again and again.
I've wondered, since listening, why there is so much strength available to survive the direst of events, but - afterwards - self-destructive despair can defeat the survivor? It seems such a paradox, but happens again and again with today's veterans.
Absolutely! This book made me laugh and cry. I never thought I would enjoy a book about a war but I was wrong. I really liked this book because it kept me engaged the whole time. I found myself wanting to listen all the time. I have heard "stories" about POWs and their time in POW camps. This account was horrific but opened my eyes to another culture. Worth the listen!
I have no comparison.
Not that I'm aware of.
Yes. Something near & dear to my heart happened near the end of the book. I especially enjoyed hearing his struggle and victory.
This book made me laugh and cry. At times I listened in horror & disbelief. To think that someone, anyone could survive such an ordeal amazes me. One more example of God's awesome power!
So dramatic. At times it's hard to listen to the severity of the abuse, but it is worth it. It's history. The "resilience" and "redemption" part are so true. An amazing life.
To recount the events of the war.
His recovery after listening to Billy GrahamSt
Strength will be your Survivial
Really enjoyed this performance. Loved the story - had me from the first chapter and continued throughout.
Yes, very compelling story, well written.
Lost at sea.
Read as a documentary. Very factual and unemotional which left the reader to reach his own conclusions.
Yes! It is a stirring, true story that is told so well that the listener can visualize every word!
Very near the top.
Right up there with the very best.
Narration could have been better.
Just could not put it down.
I have already suggested this book to many friends and family. A real learning experience, well done, easy to listen to, and kept pulling me to it each time I had to do other things!
I compare this book favorably to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Unbroken is a lot shorter, of course, but no less informative of this era in world history. Unbroken is destined to be a classic.
He was easy to listen to, his delivery made sense, and was consistently good in every way, including consistent in his enunciation (proper) of names, certain "terms," etc. I compare this to The Rise and Fall in that the narrator mispronounced "coup de GRAS," for example, and pronounced some of Hitler's cronies' names, sometimes pronouncing them correctly, sometimes not, etc. Not saying that it is not a classic, but you cannot help notice when someone puts the "s" on the end of "GRAS." Back to Unbroken . . . Loved it. Plan another listen in the near future to pick up some of the details I may have missed first time around.
Not a thing.
Plan to listen to this more than once. Well worth it. Descriptive enough to replace the need to see this on t.v.!
Laura Hillenbrand knows how to deliver this true story in a way that gives details without overwhelming the listener with too much at once. The narrator does a good job pacing the reading to match the story, pausing only where is needed to let us absorb what we heard but otherwise quick enough that it always remains interesting ( too many other narrators pause too long after every phrase, drawing out mundane descriptions and making them boring to hear). The story itself is uplifting and moving.
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