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Unbroken Audiobook

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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    "Life!"

    Never lose hope! Thank you Hillenbrand and Zamperini! I find myself saying, if Zamperini could I could!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arion Smith 11-16-15
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    I have listened to this story three times in less than one year. The story of Louis's courage amidst unbeatable odds will stay with me all my days. Also, the narrator, Edward Herman, soon became as important as the story itself.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-13-15
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Details Overwhelm, Bore You, at times"

    I cannot deny that this is a good story. Well written and well narrated. But some of the details go beyond what is needed for a good story. They do not add much to the amazing feat of Zamperini's survival. But it is still worth spending the credit and time to listen.

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    Tye Hardison Albuquerque, New Mexico United States 11-12-15
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    "great story of personal integrity and redemption."

    not many could survive and later thrive after an ordeal like this. WWII was the the worst of humanity and brought out the best of humanity to stop it.

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    Mr. Mustard 11-12-15
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    Struggle, torture, survival and redemption. Pretty decent but nothing new. By the end I was glad it was over.

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    "Incredible!"

    The story of this man's life is extraordinary and the book is incredibly well written. Edward Hermann presented it impeccably. Brava and bravo!!!

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    Amazing inspiring story! Absolutely worth while ! I loved it and couldn't believe how interesting it was. Would heartily recommend

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    CGG0211 Los Angeles, CA United States 11-07-15
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    "Amazing Story"

    I enjoyed this book immensely, my favorite audio book so far. Louis Zamperini became part of my life for 2 weeks and I felt a void when his story was finished. Highly recommend!

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    JustMe 11-05-15
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    "What a story!!!"

    I am a huge fan of true stories. This book was captivating and gave me a new understanding of what it must've been like. Towards the end of the book I got a little choked up I must admit. This will have to go down as one of my all-time favorite stories. I wonder if the movie is as good… Usually not.

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    RickL 11-03-15
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    "Astounding roller coaster story."

    Loved it. Truly amazing story that needs retold so generations can truly understand the immense trauma suffered by the Pacific POWs of WW2.

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