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Unbroken Audiobook

Unbroken

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    12/09/2017
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    "great read"

    Great story. Gripping and affecting. Could hardly stop listening! Many interesting historical facts included too.

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    Adrian Hobart 05/08/2017
    Adrian Hobart 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story of overcoming despite circumstances"

    I normally read business type books, but I'd heard about this story. It didn't disappoint as I enjoyed it getting through hours at a time while traveling.

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    Ben 09/03/2017
    Ben 09/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Men are simply not made like this anymore. Amazing story which highlights the resilience of the war time man.

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    mhoops 25/02/2017
    mhoops 25/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book"

    Wow, if you think you have a hard life this book will soon change that. Really enjoyable from start to finish

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    Amazon Customer NZ 06/10/2016
    Amazon Customer NZ 06/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Most amazing story and brilliant narration!"

    This story left me gaping, mouth open, as I listened to the life of this awesome inspiring man. I couldn't believe how interesting his life was even before the war impacted it. This book was so good that I'm already grumpy that nothing else can be as good and I'm already sad not to hear the gorgeous voice of Mr Herman tomorrow...so happy I heard this story and the narration took it to an even higher level.

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    Amazon Customer 02/12/2015
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    "Amazing"

    Get this audio book, it is an experience that no one should miss out on

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    Jacqueline T. 28/06/2015
    Jacqueline T. 28/06/2015
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    "Inspiring"

    Extremely well written and thought provoking. Well read and nicely paced narration. Very much enjoyed

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    Tom Reilly Torquay, devon, England 02/06/2015
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    "Just breathtaking!!"

    To actually hear about events during world war 2 but not hear much about the Nazis and still be as shocked if not more by the things that happened just sums up how unbelievably moving this story is.

    A MUST READ!!!

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    Katie 17/05/2015
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    "repetitive"

    loved the start and end. The middle just went on and
    on ground hog day at another pow camp. Amazing story of survival - just skip some of the pow detail in the middle.

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    Sara 08/02/2015
    Sara 08/02/2015
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    "Amazing and Intriguing read 😊"

    I was unaware of this book was put on to it when I was listening to Serial podcasts.
    Loved listening to it in the car, at home when cooking and just relaxing. My children loved the story and always asked when I they were going to listen to this story. This story educated my family on the War and gave me a greater understanding to why my Grandparents were the people they were.
    Would suggest this book to everyone of all ages

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    15/07/17
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    "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
    8/06/17
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    "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
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lana
    13/07/15
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    "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
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    "My first audio book"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    14/02/15
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    South Wootton, United Kingdom
    24/08/17
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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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  • Amazon Customer
    22/03/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dom
    3/03/17
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    "Incredible"

    An incredible story about an incredible man covering a remarkable period during and after WW2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • oliver whittle
    16/12/16
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    "Very good I enjoyed it"

    It was an incredible story almost unbelievable a very good tale of survival and endurance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tvl
    6/11/16
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    "what a guy"

    ab amazing story of luck resilience and massive internal strength. I listened to book in 24 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Australia
    24/10/16
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    "Great story"

    Could not stop playing it. Although at times you kept wondering if it could get any worse for Louis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/06/16
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    "riveting"

    loved this book. story was addictive, listened at every opportunity!! was sorry it had to end

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  • Amazon Customer
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    1/05/16
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    "Epic"

    Great narration, great story. It holds the attention marvellously. One of the best tales I have ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    3/02/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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