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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • sberg
  • Owatonna, MN United States
  • 02-07-16

Inspirational

Read this book years ago. Listening once again. Great message and reminder of sacrifice of others and what can be overcome!

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Make sure you are ready for this incredible story.

I saw the movie first, by chance then was recommended the book by a book club. It was an unbelievably moving experience listening to the endeavors of this incredible man. His story is an inspiration and a lesson to us all about the true depths of ones character and just how far we are capable of going, even in the darkest of times.

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Best book I havevevervread.

It inspired me, broke my heart, and made me believe in the power of God.

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tenacity on display. both Louis and the listener

this story gets difficult at times. torture scenes are lengthy and frequent. point was established with one or two less inclusions.

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  • M
  • 02-05-16

Amazing storyline

I simply loved it as this was my 1st audiobook! Best narration and made it easy to listen for 14 hr.

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Incredible

Unbroken is hands down the best audio book I have ever heard. Well worth the time and purchase.

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Amazing

Amazing example of what the human mind can endure and conquer! The trials of life make us who we are. It seems like as I grow older I unfortunately see less Louie's in this world!

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  • David
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 01-29-16

A Real Hero

If you read only one book about heroes make it this book. This is one of the most incredible stories I ever read. It is very well written and read.

I recommend this book to all who like true survival stories.

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  • david
  • houlton, wi, United States
  • 01-28-16

Riveting!

Long book, but I couldn't stop listening to this riveting saga. If you are into war stories, this has to be on your must read list. If you are interested in a testimony of human endurance and perseverance, this is your book too.

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Speechless

I'm absolutely at a loss of words. What a tragic, but beautiful story. It was very moving! So inspirational! The story was so well detailed, that I felt as if I could see it all! The narrator did great! I'm amazed at the horrendous streaks of bad luck Louis endured, but he still managed to rise above...Way above. wow. I wish the world had more people like him. What an angel. Kudos to the author for bringing his life experiences to vivid life. I would read anything you write. Beautiful talent!