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 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.
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.
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.
Yes, I have. Every book that I have listened to that Mr. Herrmann reads has been fabulous.
Yes, it was...but alas...life goes on. I will most definitely listen to this book again.
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.
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.
I have not read the print version but the audio edition, with Edward Hermann's narration was really good.
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.
The fastest mile - the apparent nonchalance of Luis at the end.
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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