The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Motion Picture Artwork © Universal Studios 2014. All Rights Reserved.
The international number one best seller
In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louis Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan’s prisoner-of-war camps.
Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini’s destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will …
Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O’ Connell.
©2011 Laura Hillenbrand (P)2010 Random House LLC
"Staggering.... mesmerizing.... Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page" (People)
"One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book" (Vanity Fair)
It was a beautiful experience. Now I'm going on the web after restraining myself with much difficulty, till I finished the audio book to see all the available information regarding the people and the events described in the story.
i couldnt stop listening. had me captivated!!! was so sad in some parts but really on the edge of your seat the whole way. i loved that it was a true story and how it included other bits of the war
"Best real life story I have read."
Absolutely fantastic. This story is so powerful. An excellent combination of joy, sadness and horror. But an awesome account of a man's struggle with everything that his life threw at him. What a man.
"what a guy"
ab amazing story of luck resilience and massive internal strength. I listened to book in 24 hours.
Could not stop playing it. Although at times you kept wondering if it could get any worse for Louis.
loved this book. story was addictive, listened at every opportunity!! was sorry it had to end
Great narration, great story. It holds the attention marvellously. One of the best tales I have ever heard.
"A true insight into the hidden reality of War."
Beautifully written with an expert hand that has no need to use graphic violent descriptions to show the true horror.
It is so, so very human. No one in this book, given the circumstances they were in EVER set out to be a Hero. Their sole goal was to protect each other and survive.
Brilliant! Unfortunately may narrators spoil a book for some listeners, Edward is not one of them.
I just listened in quite awe to the life story of one man, who was blessed to be loved and befriended by so many exceptional people, whom to which we should not only show thanks but be truly inspired and grateful.
I WISH,WISH,WISH that this,and all the other truly humanising accounts of war were part of the curriculum in the teaching of history. It is only with these true visualisations that any lessons may been learnt.
Really easy listening from start to finish. Gripped from the first chapter. Felt like crying half way through thinking things couldn't get any worse.....then they did!
The part when they were on the raft was gripping, heart breaking, uplifting and truly inspirational
This man went to hell and not quite back so many times in his life. To have survived all that he did shows amazing determination and strength of character.
I 'm not much of a reader but once I had started this book on Audio I couldn't stop listening to it. The story gripped me and I spent many a hour listening to it. The later stages of the story filled me up. fantastic book and story very highly recommended.!!!
although hyped so much by other readers, this story is told exceptionally well by the reader, bringing this testiment to the human spirit alive
"Captivating to the end, well written and well read"
Not only is the story very inspirational and deeply reflective about life but also it is very well written and read.
Nothing in life history is wasted if well lived through. God is able to make good sense out of what may seem a most horrible experience and what may seem a total failure in my live. At the end God makes all the ends meet to bring integrity and serenity. This story reminded me of it and inspired me to continue.
Very well read and pleasant voice to listen to.
Yes. It made me cry, laugh and reflective.
I can only recommend this (audio) book to anybody who thinks about life seriously.
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