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Unbroken

Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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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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Absolutely brilliant, inspiring and fascinating!

Just do yourself a favour, regardless of what you usually like to read or listen to.... get this book, it’ll make you antisocial and you’ll never forget it, just awesome x

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God..

I loved it, beautiful story...Impossible is nothing with God, if he wants you alive for a reason, he would take you through hell and high waters and be with you..

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sigrin
  • 08-02-18

Outstanding true story


What an amazing humble man Louis Zamperini was.
We hear a lot of true stories and fictional works based on the Second World War in Europe, but few from the Pacific side.

Edward Hermann was a great narrator and reminded me of the voice behind those Disney movies of real life animal adventures I watched as a child.
I am not a great lover of an American narrator, but his accent was so soft and gentle, no twang or nasal inflection, to spoil this remarkable account of history.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-11-19

A Truly Great Story

The story of a man who was pushed to his limit repeatedly but didn't give up. He, along with many others in the same situation, show extreme resilience, faith and heart. inspirational.

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  • 05-10-19

Riveting

An amazing roller-coaster of events which had me gripped from start to finish.

I likeed the narrator too.

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  • davstim
  • 03-25-19

An absolute must read

I read this on the back of Endurance (Shackleton’s story). I didn’t think anything could eclipse Endurance but this did, but in different ways. The images within this story have stayed with me and led an interest into Zamperini’s life and the horrors of the war. The brutal reality of his experience coupled with his determination for survival make this book hard to put down. The narrator is matched perfectly too.

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  • m a kingsbury
  • 01-26-19

Interesting

Informative and educational but felt more like a diary or documentary which did little to engage the reader

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-19

wasteful war

portrays how ugly and costly war is on the personality of combatants. Demonstrates the power of forgiveness.

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  • Visa Debit
  • 01-17-19

Fantastic

What a fantastic true story this is!!
Absolutely amazing!

This book really took me into my imagination!!

Thinking of how hard it must have been for a prisoner of war!!

This book is just amazing !!

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  • Rogan
  • 01-08-19

Wow!

An amazing story of the human spirit. Teary eyed and deepest respect for a lost generation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Emotionally excellent!!

I've never been more moved by a book. Thank you for telling this amazingly emotional and powerful story.

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  • Ian R
  • 04-17-19

love it

I loved every bit of it... didn't want to stop listening. Great story, and great narrator.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-05-19

best tale I have heard to date

tho my library is still growing, of the 30 book I have now this is my favorite

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  • ecologist
  • 11-02-18

Amazing story of survival

I don’t often like war stories but this book was brilliant. The story needs to be heard to be believed. I love the history waved in in an interesting way. I also loved the writers ability to tell the story without over glorifying the actions of people. Ten out of ten for me. Thanks a lot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-18

Incredible book.

This was an excellent book and the narrator is interesting, true story that is insane

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  • Matthew Parr
  • 06-28-18

Emotionally exhausting | Will stay with me.

Well and thoroughly written. Solid narrator. I almost had to take a break from listening as it was such a difficult account to digest. I learned a lot, in several respects.

Not for the faint hearted, but definitely worth a read/listen.

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  • Shane
  • 02-14-18

A great Listen, recommended!

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

Outstanding...

Quite simply one of the best stories I’ve ever listened to. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated...

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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.