Unbroken

Unbroken

Audiobook CD - 2014
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In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane 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 sagas of the Second World War.

The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became 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 sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.

Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odyssey--also captured on film by director Angelina Jolie--is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds.

Praise for Unbroken

"This adaptation of Hillenbrand's adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man's hellish inhumanity to man."-- Booklist , STARRED

"This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work."-- SLJ

"This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers."-- Kirkus

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Listening Library, p2014.
ISBN: 9780553397116
0553397117
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-2014.

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janicehelliott
May 27, 2018

Totally remarkable...worth 10 stars!

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Clwebber
Apr 13, 2018

This is well written and inspiring in its way but it is heavy - This is a true story and the main character when through very difficult experiences, even torture. Not to be read unless you are in a good mindset.

Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

I listened...then relistened, and am now listening again.

The first time through, I listened during runs and hikes, then progressed to listening to it here, there, everywhere just so I could hear more. It is so well done, and so worth reading. If you are expecting a dry, dull narrative in age tinted black and white, you could not be more wrong. If the idea of sitting down to read non-fiction leaves you cold, opt for the audiobook narrated by the late Edward Herrmann. He was wonderful to listen to.

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jturpin58
Jan 25, 2017

This is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read. Mr. Zamperini was a world class Olympic athlete that spent his prime surviving unbelievable brutality as a prisoner of war in Japan. Colin Kaepernick should read this book.

A must read for students of history and a must listen-to for those fans of audiobooks, this story will inspire and entertain.

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DigitalDiva
Jan 27, 2015

What an incredible story of inner strength allowing Louis Zamperini to persevere through trial after trial with seemingly impossible odds. Laura Hillenbrand does her usual thorough research and tells the story so the reader understands the gravity of the numerous statistics quoted. Equally engaging is the narrator who tells the story.

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IV27HUjg
Jan 02, 2015

Excellent writer, amazing man & the fantastic reader Edward Herrmann. Sadly, Louis died as the movie was being completed and doubly sad & will be greatly missed is Herrmann, who died at the close of 2014. What a lose to the reader community.

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pragna
Dec 10, 2014

One of the best audio books I have heard. An awesome story elegantly read!

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becker
Nov 08, 2014

The Ultimate survival story. A bit long winded at times but quite fascinating.

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TrishH1
Oct 29, 2014

every American should read this!

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