Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: November 16, 2010
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a non-fiction fan.
- You enjoy true hero stories.
From Goodreads.com: "On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, 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.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit."
My Two Cents:
"Unbroken" is the story of Louie Zamperini, who is at various times in his life an Olympic runner, a warrior, and a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II. It's amazing that one man could have been through so many different things and still be alive to tell about it. It's a story of bravery and resilience. It's an absolutely amazing story that showcases one of the most fascinating lives that I've read about in a very long time. This book reads like a movie! If you're looking for a book that will have you reading with your mouth open in disbelief, this book is for you.
It is so hard to believe that one person really could have gone through so much. "Unbroken" starts when Louie was young. He was a troublemaker with a natural talent for running and trained so hard that he was able to make it to the Olympics. Then World War II happens and he is swept up into the war. I loved following Louie's adventure so much. This is one of those books where you just get totally drawn into the story.
Hillenbrand does a fantastic job of bringing Louie's story to life. Drawing on letters and journals, there is a lot of good detail about Louie and many of the other people who appear in this book. Hillenbrand pulls it all together and turns the book into something really special. I definitely would love to read more by Hillenbrand in the future.
I listened to this book on audiobook, which was a fantastic choice if I do say so myself. I love listening to audiobooks that are totally engaging. I really wanted to keep listening to more and more just because the whole story is so amazing. The narrator was really good!