Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
What’s it about? Unbroken is the inspiring true story of Louie Zamperini, a man who endured a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. As a kid growing up in California in the 1920s, Louie was a hellraiser who broke into houses, brawled, and ran away from home to ride the rails. But as a teenager Louie turned his life around by channelling his defiance into running, a talent which would take him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. The heart of the story, however, is Louie’s experiences while serving in the Pacific during World War II.
When World War II started Louie joined the Army Air Corps, becoming a bombardier. In 1943 Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean during a routine search mission over the Pacific. What happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you spellbound. Driven to the limits of endurance, Louie answers desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.
Is the narrator any good? Unbroken is read by Edward Herrmann, an award winning actor who has narrated a number of popular audio books. His performance here is brilliant.
The verdict? I’m not usually one for war stories, but this one caught my attention because of its high ratings and current status as a New York Times Best Seller. As luck would have it I stumbled across an audio book that ranks as one of my all-time favorites. Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit (a 2001 best seller which has six million books in print and became a hit movie), has produced a beautifully written and thoroughly researched book which captivates from start to finish. You won’t regret downloading this audio book.