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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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    Caribelle 06-16-16
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    "Worth every minute"

    This is a story of an incredible man who overcame every obstacle he faced and after it all, after finding God, was truly "unbroken".
    The details contained in this book were so perfectly described, I felt as if I were there experiencing every second of each character's life.
    Would recommend this book to everyone because it so perfectly depicts human nature and that with determination and faith, you can overcome anything.

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    G. Stach 06-15-16
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    "A great read"

    Though long and painful at times, this is a well written true story of one man's WW2 experience. Readers get an understanding of what the war was realy like and how it effected those involved afterwards.

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    Saddlemaker 06-12-16
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    "ALL should hear this!"

    This is an AWESOME moving story of human endurance, torture, and forgiveness! I have yet to see the movie, but this book should be heard or read to understand the full impact of what Louis endured.

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    "Absolutely riveting!"

    This is such a moving, emotional, informative, and inspiring story. I will listen again with my family!

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    Kimberly SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-12-16
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    "Deep character development"

    I like how Laura H writes in a way that helps you experience what the characters are feeling. At times this is quite painful. Fortunately, this story includes redemption so the finish is worth looking forward to. Enjoy!

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    E. Timm Irving, Texas 06-10-16
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    "Wow. Just wow."

    This is without a doubt one of the most amazing stories I have ever encountered.

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    "I've read it now 3 times!"

    One of the most incredible stories I've ever listened to. Trust me, it will resonate with you long after you are finished. The narrator was perfect. Hold on for the wildest most inspirational true story ever!

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    "Real Life Thriller"

    This book should be mandatory reading for every high-school senior. Understanding historical truths, contributes to future decisions.

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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Must read book!


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle and We Were Soldiers Once and Young


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Edward did an excellent job throughout the book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Overcoming the worst


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the movie yet and think I will enjoy it more because I experienced this book

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    Timpatty 06-08-16
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    The power of hate verses the power of humans to overcome and forgive through Jesus Christ is on display. A very moving and thought provoking life and a well written book.

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  • Iain
    11/9/15
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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
    3/21/15
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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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