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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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    Story was great and well written. Performance was good for this story. Only I wasn't terribly attached to the subject matter - which is a personal assessment not to be considered for your judgement. This is why my overall rating is 4 stars rather than 5.

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    The story was a combination of Pearl Harbour, Bridge Over the River Kwai and Life of Pi, so it felt like I'd heard it before. Still I enjoyed it.

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    I had both audible and kindle version of this book so I would read and listen. Great story and narrated very very well.

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    This book was fantastic! Gripping! I don't want to even see the movie because I know it will never compare.

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    This was a fabulously written book. Triumph and hope are at its core but it saddens me how the US govt disregarded our own. Every American should read this and never forget!!!

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    unbroken was a perfect title. I have no words to describe how I am honored to presently serve in the military as this man

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    Phenomenal, inspiring, real!! At first I looked star e description and didn't want to get into it. So it say in my queue till I was ready to listen. So thankful I finally got around to learn about Louie. Thank you!

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    "Most riveting story I have yet heard on WWII!"

    A most awesome narration!! Loved it all the way to the end! Must read for anyone interested in the lives and deaths of those who fight for our freedom

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