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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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    D. Clark Nashville, TN 02-23-16
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    "Think of Louis when you are having a day"

    A gripping, terrifying, and heartfelt story read by a wonderful man Edward Hermann (RIP). Made the miles melt away.

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    "An amazing story."

    It was a most riveting story & great historical information of the war. A most amazing life.



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    Robert 02-22-16
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    "I would recommend this book to anyone!"

    What a great American! If you want to learn about American history, and how the Japanese conducted themselves vs Americans in ww2 y p u need to read/listen to this book! it was a pleasure!

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    "Great story!"

    I decided to try Audible for my hour long commutes to work. Good choice. This was my 1st audio book. It was a great story, with a fantastic ending.

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    Dylan 02-22-16
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    "amazing. a must read for everyone"

    this is an amazing story, everyone should give it a go they'll be hooked by the first chapter.

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    Jeremy 02-21-16
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    "Best book of all time"

    Wow! What an incredible book. I've never felt so much like I was right there in person

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    Famp76 02-19-16
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    "An amazing and inspiring story of perseverance."

    Any problem we may face in life will always be minute compared to other people less fortunate. This book explains in great detail Louie's ordeal. And Edward Hermann's narrative is impeccable. He has a soft tone of voice that inspires listening and attention. I could've thought of no one else better fit to read this awesome story

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    Dennis Foley Hull, MA 02-18-16
    Dennis Foley Hull, MA 02-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "great narration of an amazing story"

    This is an amazing wonderfully written story. And any narration by Edward Hermann is automatically worth listening to

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    "Heartbreaking story of endurance and hope."

    loved it. A phenomenal story of mans strength of body and soul. Cruelty and forgiveness.

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    Håkan 02-17-16
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    "Incredible ordeal well told"

    I was hesitant on the subject matter, but a colleague recommended it warmly, and I am glad I bought it. The story is very well told, in a documentary fashion with very little dialogue, and the alternate bird's eye view on topics as well as the events around Zamporini and his family and brothers in arms made the story varied. Great reading by Edward Herrmann.

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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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