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Publisher's Summary

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Motion Picture Artwork © Universal Studios 2014. All Rights Reserved.

The international number one best seller

In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louis Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War’s most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan’s prisoner-of-war camps.

Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini’s destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will …

Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O’ Connell.

©2011 Laura Hillenbrand (P)2010 Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Staggering.... mesmerizing.... Hillenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page" (People)
"One of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. Do yourself a favour and by the book" (Vanity Fair)

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Haven't read anything like this!!

Deep, engrossing, heart-wrenching, fascinating, motivating account of a person and time like never told before.

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Amazing listen! So absorbing! Truly 'unbroken'

Loved the book. It was a great story to listen to. Puts life in perspective.

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Courageous

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

Not read

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of the POWs' courageous endurance of the tortures imposed on them by the Japanese, the reality of the aftermath of this abuse and mans' capacity for forgiveness

Which scene was your favorite?

When the men were stranded in the doldrums in a life raft and Louis saw this amazing sky

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Transcendental

It was a beautiful experience. Now I'm going on the web after restraining myself with much difficulty, till I finished the audio book to see all the available information regarding the people and the events described in the story.

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exceptional! !

i couldnt stop listening. had me captivated!!! was so sad in some parts but really on the edge of your seat the whole way. i loved that it was a true story and how it included other bits of the war

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My first audio book

A terrific story that made long car trips seem short. Thoroughly enjoyable. I am now hooked on listening to books.

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  • MR A M INNES
  • 02-14-15

Best real life story I have read.

Absolutely fantastic. This story is so powerful. An excellent combination of joy, sadness and horror. But an awesome account of a man's struggle with everything that his life threw at him. What a man.

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  • David
  • 02-03-16

A true insight into the hidden reality of War.

What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

Beautifully written with an expert hand that has no need to use graphic violent descriptions to show the true horror.

What did you like best about this story?

It is so, so very human. No one in this book, given the circumstances they were in EVER set out to be a Hero. Their sole goal was to protect each other and survive.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

Brilliant! Unfortunately may narrators spoil a book for some listeners, Edward is not one of them.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just listened in quite awe to the life story of one man, who was blessed to be loved and befriended by so many exceptional people, whom to which we should not only show thanks but be truly inspired and grateful.

Any additional comments?

I WISH,WISH,WISH that this,and all the other truly humanising accounts of war were part of the curriculum in the teaching of history. It is only with these true visualisations that any lessons may been learnt.

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  • Paul
  • 12-04-17

good story bad title

epic tail about a gutsy kid but the title unbroken does not fit the ending. having not been able to cope with his demons post war he turned to drink and was 'saved' by religion. a better title would have been 'eventually broken'.

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  • gemma clare
  • 11-15-17

Sublime and heroic story

The best book I have ever owned. I could listen to it over and over again

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  • Robin
  • 11-06-17

excellent

great insight into a remarkable man. well read, interesting and enjoyable to listen to. a hard story well told

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  • ANDREW JOHN PLATT
  • 10-18-17

Uplifting

That a man can forgive after such cruelty by the Japanese is amazing.

Wattanabe was a monster.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-17

The best audiobook I've ever listened to.

This book is simply fantastic. Each of the main parts of the book would merit a book in it's own right and the combination of so many stories into one person's life is fascinating. I will listen to this book many times I'm sure. I thoroughly recommend it to all listeners.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-17

Inspirational

Excellent story. This book was interesting from the start. A fascinating account of a life previously unknown to me and of life in a Japanese POW camp.

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  • dom
  • 03-03-17

Incredible

An incredible story about an incredible man covering a remarkable period during and after WW2.

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  • oliver whittle
  • 12-16-16

Very good I enjoyed it

It was an incredible story almost unbelievable a very good tale of survival and endurance

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  • Shane
  • 02-14-18

A great Listen

I Couldn't stop listening! Truely an amazing read!
Amazing sufferings and amazing forgiveness.
essential read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-18

Incredibly powerful and moving

Unbroken, the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, is powerful and moving. Loui's life, his resilience, strength, character, and ultimately his salvation and forgiveness of his captors show God's faithfulness and intervention in the hardest of situations. Captivatingly written by Laura Hillenbrand, I felt like I was living the story, it transported me. Edward Herrmann narrates it with so much life, feeling, and emotion, you almost feel what Louis was feeling. Highly recommended, I've been telling everyone about this book.

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  • Eloise
  • 01-19-18

5 stars!

One of my favourite narrators reading one of the best stories of all time. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-17

Amazing

Why are you still reading the review!? Read the book! Great story great narrator fits the book perfectly. Amazing.

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  • Sonja
  • 10-15-17

Astonishing story of endurance and redemption

War stories are not my usual read but I was riveted and humbled by this one so perhaps I've found a new genre for me. very powerful and moving.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-17

great read

Great story. Gripping and affecting. Could hardly stop listening! Many interesting historical facts included too.

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  • Adrian
  • 08-05-17

Amazing story of overcoming despite circumstances

I normally read business type books, but I'd heard about this story. It didn't disappoint as I enjoyed it getting through hours at a time while traveling.

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  • Ben
  • 03-09-17

Amazing

Men are simply not made like this anymore. Amazing story which highlights the resilience of the war time man.

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  • mhoops
  • 02-25-17

Excellent book

Wow, if you think you have a hard life this book will soon change that. Really enjoyable from start to finish

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-16

Most amazing story and brilliant narration!

This story left me gaping, mouth open, as I listened to the life of this awesome inspiring man. I couldn't believe how interesting his life was even before the war impacted it. This book was so good that I'm already grumpy that nothing else can be as good and I'm already sad not to hear the gorgeous voice of Mr Herman tomorrow...so happy I heard this story and the narration took it to an even higher level.