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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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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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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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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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inspirational and important not to forget the horr

narrator captures the emotion of an inspirational tales of fortune the horrors of war and hope of Christianity

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Incredible story.

This is the most incredible story I have ever heard, written brilliantly by Hillenbrand.

superb!

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Sublime and heroic story

The best book I have ever owned. I could listen to it over and over again

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excellent

great insight into a remarkable man. well read, interesting and enjoyable to listen to. a hard story well told

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Uplifting

That a man can forgive after such cruelty by the Japanese is amazing.

Wattanabe was a monster.

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The best audiobook I've ever listened to.

This book is simply fantastic. Each of the main parts of the book would merit a book in it's own right and the combination of so many stories into one person's life is fascinating. I will listen to this book many times I'm sure. I thoroughly recommend it to all listeners.

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Inspirational

Excellent story. This book was interesting from the start. A fascinating account of a life previously unknown to me and of life in a Japanese POW camp.

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  • Hayley
  • 16-10-18

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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  • 18-03-18

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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  • Raj
  • 20-01-18

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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  • 15-07-17

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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  • Sheelagh
  • 08-06-17

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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  • Vishrut
  • 13-09-16

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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  • Lana
  • 13-07-15

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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  • Sydney guy
  • 18-05-15

My first audio book

A terrific story that made long car trips seem short. Thoroughly enjoyable. I am now hooked on listening to books.