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4.00001576826951 out of 54.00001576826951 out of 54.00001576826951 out of 54.00001576826951 out of 54.00001576826951 out of 5 4.00 (126,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Hillenbrand Narrator: Edward Herrman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On a spring afternoon in 1943, a US Army Air Forces bomber crash landed and disappeared into the Pacific Ocean, leaving only fragments of the plane visible on the surface, along with gasoline, oil and blood.

Then, a man appeared among the debris. It was the plane's bombardier, a young lieutenant, struggling to pull himself aboard a life raft. One of the most remarkable journeys of World War II was about to begin.

The bombardier was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a crafty and unapologetic hooligan, burglarizing houses, and leaving home to ride the rails. When he harnessed his energy into running, he discovered a dormant talent that took him all the way to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With the arrival of World War II, he became a pilot and began the journey that would lead him to his ill-fated flight and set him adrift at sea on a tiny life raft.

In the open ocean, Lt. Zamperini faced starvation, thirst, enemy aircraft and jumping sharks. Pushed to the limit of his considerable endurance, he met desperation with resourcefulness, brutality with defiance, hardship with brave determination. His very survival depended on his eroding resolve.

In Time's top book of 2010 and #1 New York Times bestseller, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand employs the same eye jeweler's eye for detail and vivid, rich narrative voice that she displayed in her acclaimed 2001 bestseller, Seabiscuit. Unbroken tells the extraordinary tale of a man's odyssey into extremity, and stands testament to the power of human resilience.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, December 2010
  • Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2012 ALA Notable Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Award for Nonfiction
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 RUSA Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2011 Christopher Award for Adult Books
  • A 2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee for Teen
  • A Library Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caroline | 2/14/2014

    " I agree with Jeanette. The book was too scattered and convoluted for the first dozen chapters, then it picked up "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/12/2014

    " Not a great book. Reads too long. Considering the subject that she is writing about, it feels like he was constantly trying to stretch a little bit of information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brandon Townley | 1/28/2014

    " Being the grandson of a POW, this book really opened my eyes at what the POW's had to endure. This is a generation of people who is no longer to tell these stories and glad that at least one was able to tell his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 1/28/2014

    " Absolutely amazing- definitely worth the read. "

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