Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand
Read by Edward Herrmann

13.93 Hours 11/16/2010 unabridged
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In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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. Made into an award-winning Oscar-nominated film in 2014 by director Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by author Laura Hillenbrand.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A 2012 Audie Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction Narration

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Book Award for Nonfiction

Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, December 2010

Winner of the 2011 Christopher Award for Adult Books

Winner of the 2012 ALA Notable Book Award for Nonfiction

A 2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee for Teen

A 2012 RUSA Notable Book for Nonfiction

A Library Journal bestseller

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.

Made into an award-winning Oscar-nominated film in 2014 by director Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by author Laura Hillenbrand.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A celebration of gargantuan fortitude . . . full of unforgettable characters, multi-hanky moments and wild turns . . . Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller. The New York Times
“[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel. Washingtonian
No other author of narrative nonfiction chooses her subjects with greater discrimination or renders them with more discipline and commitment. If storytelling were an Olympic event, [Hillenbrand would] medal for sure. Salon
Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times. The Dallas Morning News  
Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. . . . When it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match ‘the boy terror of Torrance,’ and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity. Hillenbrand has given us a new national treasure. Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
Riveting . . . an exceptional portrait . . . So haunting and so beautifully written, those who fall under its spell will never again feel the same way about World War II and one of its previously unsung heroes. The Columbus Dispatch
“Zamperini’s story is certainly one of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. What happened after that is equally remarkable. Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair
Irresistible . . . Hillenbrand demonstrates a dazzling ability—one Seabiscuit only hinted at—to make the tale leap off the page. Elle
“Incredible . . . Zamperini’s life is one of courage, heroism, humility and unflagging endurance. St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling. Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
“Intense . . . You better hold onto the reins. The Boston Globe
“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity. Entertainment Weekly
“A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed. O: The Oprah Magazine
Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace. Time
Moving and, yes, inspirational . . . [Laura] Hillenbrand’s unforgettable book . . . deserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
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
[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring. New York
A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life. The Washington Post  
Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic. The Wall Street Journal  
Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book. The New York Times Book Review  
Marvelous . . . Unbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it’s told. . . . It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety. Newsweek
“Monumental…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
“A tale of triumph and redemption…astonishingly detailed research.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A powerfully drawn survival epic…Extraordinarily moving.” Wall Street Journal
“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.” Entertainment Weekly
“Powerful…Her research is thorough, her writing…crystalline. Unbroken is gripping in an almost cinematic way.” New York Times Book Review
“Hillenbrand’s triumph is that in telling Louie’s story, she tells the stories of thousands whose suffering has been mostly forgotten. She restores to our collective memory this tale of heroism, cruelty, life, death, joy, suffering, remorselessness, and redemption.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Hillenbrand’s] skills are as polished as ever, and…this book has an impossible-to-put-down quality that one commonly associates with good thrillers.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Marilee 9/13/2017
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Great book

Love love loved this book. I cried several times . This is an outstanding book and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book makes you really thank the men who fought in WW II ..
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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A must read!

I loved this book. First person, cultural, and historical narratives make this moving and totally fascinating. Other biographical or historical accounts I’ve read have tended to drag, but Unbroken reads like a novel – but a novel with history and context that only make you more amazed by the story. Its a heartbreaking story of perseverance and redemption, but wonderfully written. The narration is great as well – serious without being somber and very well-paced. Audio only enhances the experience in this case. I can see why this was a bestseller – well deserved!
by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Beautuiful Story Had To Belivie its Ture

This book is amazing that it is all true !!! What a story and you know what they say truth is stranger than fiction. The Narration is first rate and I for you can't wait to see the movie !!

Author

Author Bio: Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers Seabiscuit: An American Legend and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Seabiscuit was a multi-award winner, made more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including for best picture. Unbroken was also made into a movie that garnered three Oscar nominations and won multiple other film awards.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English