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Unbroken

[a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption]
Hillenbrand, Laura (Audiobook CD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Then, on the ocean surface, the face of a young lieutenant appeared as he struggled to pull himself aboard a life raft. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War as told by the author of "Seabiscuit."
Authors: Hillenbrand, Laura
Title: Unbroken
[a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption]
[sound recording]
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2010
Edition: Library ed
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 57 min. each) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Hillenbrand
Notes: Subtitle from container
Unabridged
Compact discs. Digital copy
Summary: On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Then, on the ocean surface, the face of a young lieutenant appeared as he struggled to pull himself aboard a life raft. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War as told by the author of "Seabiscuit."
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-
ISBN: 9781415962749
141596274X
Branch Call Number: CD- 940.547252092 H651u
Performers: Read by Edward Herrmann.
Subject Headings: Zamperini, Louis, 1917- World War, 1939-1945 Prisoners and prisons, Japanese Prisoners of war United States Biography Prisoners of war Japan Biography World War, 1939-1945 Aerial operations, American World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Pacific Area United States. Army Air Forces. Heavy Bombardment Group, 307th Long-distance runners United States Biography
Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Long-distance runners
Publisher No: 7956-CD Books on Tape
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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Then, on the ocean surface, the face of a young lieutenant appeared as he struggled to pull himself aboard a life raft. So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. Then, on the ocean surface, the face of a young lieutenant appeared as he struggled to pull himself aboard a life raft. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War...


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Sep 25, 2014
  • beckyp21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing story of the human will to triumph over unimaginable odds and adversity. It is well researched and written and the narration is captivating. It is shocking how human beings can treat each other and inspiring as to the strength of the human spirit. This book shares a lesson of the strength of the human spirit but also provides invaluable history lessons of WWII that I don't ever recall learning before.

Sep 25, 2014
  • beckyp21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing story of the human will to triumph over unimaginable odds and adversity. It is well researched and written and the narration is captivating. It is shocking how human beings can treat each other and inspiring as to the strength of the human spirit. This book shares a lesson of the strength of the human spirit but also provides invaluable history lessons of WWII that I don't ever recall learning before.

Sep 24, 2014
  • JCLJulieT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love it! I finally got around to listening to this gem. It's well written and well read. It's kind of heart breaking and very heart warming. It's impossible, but true! I think everyone should read the book.

Sep 24, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If the universe was fair, if life was fair, then people wouldn't have to suffer major ordeals. Minor ordeals, maybe. But not the kind of 3 year long ordeal Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini had to suffer. That is what this book is about. It's a true story. To get an idea, when he was later asked which was the easiest part of his ordeal, he said it was the first 50 days. The first 50 days? During those 50 days his plane crashed into the sea. Then he was stranded on a small rubber life raft in the middle of the Pacific ocean, 2000 miles from the nearest land, surrounded by hungry sharks who kept jumping onto the side of the raft, jaws open, to try to grab and eat him. Did I mention he had neither food nor water? Oh, add to that, a fighter plane came by, guns a-blazing, trying to kill him, but missed; in doing so shot his raft full of 180 holes. Which he had to patch one by one while beating off the sharks with an oar. And that, he said, the first 50 days, was the easiest part of his 3 year long ordeal. This isn't a book that will make you feel good. But it is a book you should probably experience. A trial-by-fire test of the limits of a human being. Recommended.

Jul 24, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent story read by an excellent reader with a fantastic voice. Thank you so much, to both the reader and the author. I enjoyed this book very much.

Will be taking this on road trip with my WWII veteran Uncle (hopefully) July 23 - August 3, 2014

Jun 13, 2014
  • mbzach rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This man's life was incredible. As I read about Louis Zamperini's life, I thought there easily could have been a book written about him simply for being an Olympic Runner or a book about his survival when lost at sea for a record-breaking number of days or a separate book about his experiences as a POW in Japan during World War II--instead all of these experiences make up one incredible man's life story. This book deepened my appreciation for veterans and all they've been through to protect our freedom and way of life, and it taught me more about Japan's involvement in World War II. Great book.

Feb 21, 2014
  • LaurieLR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was excellent! Riveting, inspirational, haunting, moving.... I recommend this one.

Sep 07, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Listened to the audio version of this amazing book, narrated wonderfully and feelingly by Edward Herrmann (Grandfather Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls). Louis Zamperini, the subject of this book, has been through so much as a WWII airman and Japanese POW that his story is practically unbelievable. His strength of spirit shines through the book and his resilience is astonishing. I wish that there had been a little bit more about his forgiveness of his captors and about his life after his turning point. However, it may have been that the personality that helped Louie through such hardship was able to more easily redirect his anger and hatred than I believe mine would have in similar circumstances.

Jan 20, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilenbrand is a wonderful story teller - writer. Loved the story, kept me reading. Since WWII veterans are dying at a rapid pace I wish more people would read their stories. I've been reading this subject for years so it's encouraging that Hildenbrand added her voice. Remarkable life.

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Feb 02, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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