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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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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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    Famp76 02-19-16
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    "An amazing and inspiring story of perseverance."

    Any problem we may face in life will always be minute compared to other people less fortunate. This book explains in great detail Louie's ordeal. And Edward Hermann's narrative is impeccable. He has a soft tone of voice that inspires listening and attention. I could've thought of no one else better fit to read this awesome story

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    Dennis Foley Hull, MA 02-18-16
    Dennis Foley Hull, MA 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great narration of an amazing story"

    This is an amazing wonderfully written story. And any narration by Edward Hermann is automatically worth listening to

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    Patty 02-18-16
    Patty 02-18-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Heartbreaking story of endurance and hope."

    loved it. A phenomenal story of mans strength of body and soul. Cruelty and forgiveness.

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    Håkan 02-17-16
    Håkan 02-17-16
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    "Incredible ordeal well told"

    I was hesitant on the subject matter, but a colleague recommended it warmly, and I am glad I bought it. The story is very well told, in a documentary fashion with very little dialogue, and the alternate bird's eye view on topics as well as the events around Zamporini and his family and brothers in arms made the story varied. Great reading by Edward Herrmann.

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    Matthew G. 02-17-16
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    "Outstanding!"

    Excellent story about the human will, not different from thousands of others but still amazing. Edward Hermann does of course an excellent reading.

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    Michael Rhodes Rock Hill, SC 02-15-16
    Michael Rhodes Rock Hill, SC 02-15-16
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    "One of the best books ever."

    Loved it. wishing for more. Superb work. sorry it is over. left left me hungry for more.

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    William C 02-15-16
    William C 02-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A beautiful story, wonderfully told"

    I love that Edward Herrmann narrated this terrific story. I didn't want to stop listening. It was full of perseverance and heart. I have recommended several times already and everyone who has read it or listened to it, has loved it.

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    raancdhyel 02-14-16
    raancdhyel 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Appreciated by All Except Ignorants"

    If you're a sad, self-righteous, ignorant bandwagon-jumper who loves the sensationalism of today's media-driven society and can't bring themselves to appreciate or accept that people like this existed and ended up contributing so much to their country, community, and the positive aspects of American society (independent of any religious affiliation), then you may not like this book. There is well-earned and thoroughly justified reason why the majority (outliers acknowledged) of the members of The Greatest Generation were just that - members of The Greatest Generation.
    For any person (not just American) who can understand and appreciate how one person's story of enduring, dealing with, and ultimately overcoming the incredible challenges of survival and hardship experienced and finally triumphed over by Louis Zamperini, and how that person's accurately told story can be so indicative of such a large segment of their generation, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this book.
    My heart goes out to those trifle few who lack the ability to see the powerful nature of this book. I pity their existence and earnestly hope their effect on society is absolutely minimal and localized. To all others, enjoy! (you very likely will - just look at the number of reviews and the average rating... It's hard to argue with that - no matter how 'good' of a 'critic' you might be.

    If you're on the fence, just get the book, you most-likely won't regret it. (unless you fall in the unfortunate and lost-cause group described above).

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    Daniel J. McGough 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    This is one of the best books I've ever read. I hope you will take the time to read it yourself.

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    jose 02-13-16
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    "Extremely interesting read"

    Great account of the strength and durability of a man's spirit. Test after test, and he remained unbroken.

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