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Unbroken Audiobook

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

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Whether your listening preferences usually point you to history tomes, adventure thrillers, or fiction with well-developed characters, Unbroken will hook you...and won’t let go. Laura Hillenbrand, previously of Seabiscuit fame, tells the fascinating story of Louis Zamperini – troubled youth, Olympic athlete, airman, and survivor – and you won’t believe how interested you’ll become in even the tiniest of details of his life. Much of that interest is thanks to narrator Edward Herrmann, who elevates this tremendous example of narrative nonfiction to masterful storytelling. — Diana D.

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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    Terry 08-05-15
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    "Better than the movie"

    I enjoyed thd book and it tells the rest of the story. war is hell, coming home is never the end, judt a new beginning.

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    Morris C Christensen 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Their greatness is in my DNA..."

    I am named after my Father's older brother... Who flew torpedoe bombers over the Pacific during this same time.... He went down and was never found... This book was alive to me... my grandmother's emotions ... to ....my uncle's plane's malfunction and crash.... So well written I could feel their lives......

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    MD 08-04-15
    MD 08-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great"

    A really good inspirational book to get you through difficult times. Great book for anytime.

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    dallas busse 08-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "this book is by far the best"

    after listening to this book I wish they never would've made the movie....the movie is a complete disaster compared to the book. this book made me feel as if I was right next to Louie Zamperini through everything he experienced.
    A MUST READ

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    Edmund Morgan RALEIGH, NC, US 08-04-15
    Edmund Morgan RALEIGH, NC, US 08-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thrilling"

    A great story of survival.and redemption. Even though it's history, you still find yourself wondering how and if the POWs will survive.

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    N. Hawryluk 08-03-15
    N. Hawryluk 08-03-15 Member Since 2016

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    "If This Book Was Fiction, I'd Think It Was Unrealistic"

    This nonfiction book reads like a George R.R. Martin novel- but the events of this guy's life are actually so incredible that if it were fiction I'd think it was ridiculously unrealistic. With this in mind I'm very interested to see how the movie turned out. Audible narrator perfectly navigates the constantly shifting tapestry of Zamperini's experiences. Can't say enough about the writing. I never wanted to put it down. Must-read.

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    Bolie 08-02-15
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    "One of the best reads ever"

    I liked every aspect of this book. A skillful telling of a fantastic story. I really enjoyed the performance from Edward. Unlike "sniper" the presenter had no fake accents, no fake intonation, just a pure reading. Well done. I'll read this again! Thank you Laura. I have to find out about sea biscuit now. Which was right up there with flying to Neptune until now.

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    K. Hurt San Diego, CA United States 08-02-15
    K. Hurt San Diego, CA United States 08-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling true story and wonderful performance."

    This story seemed to have no page that I would edit out to make it shorter. Every line was a treasure but caused me to cringe at times. Not suitable for kids because of occasional language. Might not be considered a story with a happy ending for non-Christians. The USA is a great country as one nation under God. I hope and pray that it persists but my heart is saddened by recent events that would disavow any Devine hand in our greatness. I am curious how a non-Christian feels about this book,

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    Sara 08-02-15
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    "Incredible and Inspiring"

    Louis' story is an incredible one, skilfully told by Hillenbrand, who wrote in such a way as to keep me thoroughly interested and wondering what comes next. It was inspirational as well as informative. This is one story that I would likely read again in the future.

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    S. Tinkler 08-01-15
    S. Tinkler 08-01-15

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    "Peace Found after a Life of Hardship"

    Well written and well narrated story. I see why it would make a good movie. The man's life is very inspirational. He endured all manner of cruelties developed by the Japanese during WWII. And he did break. But then he became unbroken again. Read this and take heed. We are on the brink of repeating this history.

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    "Stunning spirit"
    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    No, but I would be interested in listening to his own account


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Too many to mention without giving it away


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Well paced, well read throughout


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival with courage and dignity


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this story!

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  • Renata Rissi Silva
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    "It's a definitely must-read book"
    What did you like most about Unbroken?

    An extremely interesting, involving and touching story. No doubt, one of the best I’ve heard!


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