Unbroken

  • by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 14 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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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- Iain

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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- Renata Rissi Silva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio