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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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Great story; amazing life.

After the opening chapter I was hooked. Well written & a heart wrenching story of survival. The very best & worst of human nature.

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Absolutely brilliant

A gripping and compelling book. Absolutely brilliantly written, and we'll worth a read or listen.

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Inspiring

Gut wrenching & inspirational! Highly recommend! War crimes must never be forgotten. Amazing what Louis endured, survived & still lived a fulfilling life!

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This is an outstanding story of true human endeavour in terms of what a person is capable of surviving and what that does to them as a result as well as the horrible truth of what we as humans are capable of doing to other humans.

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Emotionally excellent!!

I've never been more moved by a book. Thank you for telling this amazingly emotional and powerful story.

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love it

I loved every bit of it... didn't want to stop listening. Great story, and great narrator.

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best tale I have heard to date

tho my library is still growing, of the 30 book I have now this is my favorite

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Amazing story of survival

I don’t often like war stories but this book was brilliant. The story needs to be heard to be believed. I love the history waved in in an interesting way. I also loved the writers ability to tell the story without over glorifying the actions of people. Ten out of ten for me. Thanks a lot

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Incredible book.

This was an excellent book and the narrator is interesting, true story that is insane

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Emotionally exhausting | Will stay with me.

Well and thoroughly written. Solid narrator. I almost had to take a break from listening as it was such a difficult account to digest. I learned a lot, in several respects. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely worth a read/listen.

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  • 02-10-2020

Superb

Amazing story of war and human spirit, forgiveness. Read by a narator that is equally good.

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  • 17-09-2020

Exceptional.

Exceptional. Kept the whole family engrossed for hours. An incredible story, told in a very descriptive way!

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  • Hayley
  • 16-10-2018

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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  • Nini
  • 18-03-2018

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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  • Phani Raj
  • 20-01-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2017

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
  • 08-06-2017

Courageous

Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

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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
  • 13-09-2016

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
  • 13-07-2015

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
  • 18-05-2015

My first audio book

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

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  • Jessica
  • 03-02-2016

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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  • MR A M INNES
  • 14-02-2015

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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  • P. Ridley
  • 12-07-2020

Incredible and moving true story.

Louis Zamperini's story really gripped me from start to finish. , This is an amazing true story. What the POW's endured in the Japanese prisoner of war camps makes you shudder and will make you cry. Everyone who self pitties themselves and who feels they are hard done by, or moans because their intenet rconnection dropped or some other perthetic trivial issue has ruined their day should read this to put their lives in perspective and get out there be happy and grateful they don't have to go through what these soldiers did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2020

A must listen

Incredible true account of a Ww2 Soldier One of the best I’ve listened too/ read 🤙🤙

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  • Sigrin
  • 02-08-2018

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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  • SLEn
  • 21-10-2020

Amazing!

An absolutely incredible story which was also well written and delivered. I wanted to listen at every moment possible. Historically educational, psychologically interesting and hopeful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2020

An incredible ( but true ) story

Quite simply the best audiobook I have listened to in recent years. The horrors endured and overcome as both an aircraftman and later as a Prisoner of War are both unimaginable and inspirational. A remarkable life, brilliantly told and narrated in a great audiobook. Anyone with any interest in the history of modern warfare and it’s intersection with the lives of our parents and grandparents generation will be fascinated and moved by this exceptional book.

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  • Richard K.
  • 10-04-2020

Fantastic MUST read book.

Amazing life story of Louis Zamperini. Amazing man a must read for every person on the planet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2020

Exceptional!

This may be the best book I've ever read/listened to. I really enjoyed the pace and narration of the book, but the real joy was the story itself. At parts during this book, I had to stop myself from crying at work, whilst listening to it! Highly recommend.

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  • #earlylearning🤓📚
  • 06-11-2019

Inspiring true survival story

Very inspiring true survival story- during the air force, the longest time on a small dingy- just getting by on his wits. Uncovers his survival in the evil prison camps in Japan, the lasting mental damage until he find a way of getting lasting peace...

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