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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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    appreciated the descriptions of the lives of the POWs and their courage in the face of death.

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    This book is amazingly detailed and inspiring! A must read/listen! Listened to it while traveling across the country. We couldn't stop listening!

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    "So good I read it twice."

    Every chapter had me enthralled. This book is perfect for the WWII reader and the sports fan.

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    William F. Whitaker 07-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Astonishingly Honest"

    Hillenbrand is an excellent writer, her research so extensive and her descriptive qualities amazing. Additionally, Hermann's narration is gripping. I listened to the entire story, stopping only to eat and sleep.

    The reality of mans inhumanity to man, along with mans ability to rise above seemingly impossible odds is awe inspiring! I am grateful for the power of prayer and faith that became so life changing for all the youth he served and others lives he touched.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of American and those who have, and are served by our military.

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    Aaron 07-30-15
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    Absolutely amazing. Every part of this story, book, an production is absolutely amazing. Horrifying, incredible, sobering, and amazing. Especially amazing are the ending and the epilogue. Wow.

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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Very good suspense


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Time on the ocean


    Any additional comments?

    Great book that helped me understand the brutal conditions our POWs endured.

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    Joseph Donnellan 07-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Superb story, very well narrated. Inspiring to the core. Uplifting - if you are looking for something to lift your spirits in dark times this could be your ticket; it was mine.

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    D. Allen Conroe, TX 07-29-15
    D. Allen Conroe, TX 07-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible"

    This book was all I hoped it would be and I found myself hoping it wouldn't end.

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    J. Cadet Mesa, AZ 07-27-15
    J. Cadet Mesa, AZ 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting and intense!!"

    Very well-written. I especially enjoyed how they took you from childhood, to joining the military, to returning home. A complete story!

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    "A very moving story!!"

    This was a very moving story that taught you about life, trials, perseverance, tragedy and forgiveness. After listening to this book I really need to see the movie. Thanks again for what I have learned from this experience.

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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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