A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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Product Number: Z100012405
Released: Nov 16, 2010
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ISBN: #9781415962763
Narrator/s: Edward Herrmann
Publisher: Books on Tape
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: 2014's Unbroken and the upcoming Unbroken: Path to Redemption. 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. Praise for Unbroken "Extraordinarily moving...? powerfully drawn survival epic."-The Wall Street Journal "[A] one-in-a-billion story...?esigned to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring."-New York "Staggering...?esmerizing...?illenbrand's writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don't dare take your eyes off the page."-People "A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life."-The Washington Post "Ambitious and powerful...? startling narrative and an inspirational book."-The New York Times Book Review "Marvelous...?iUnbroken is wonderful twice over, for the tale it tells and for the way it's told...? It manages maximum velocity with no loss of subtlety."-Newsweek "Moving and, yes, inspirational...?Laura] Hillenbrand's unforgettable book...?eserve[s] pride of place alongside the best works of literature that chart the complications and the hard-won triumphs of so-called ordinary Americans and their extraordinary time."-Maureen Corrigan, Fres

Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
Awards:2016-Young Adults-Finalist-Audies,
2013-New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Nov 16, 2010


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Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
Narrator(s): Edward Herrmann
Product Number DC057
Released: Nov 17, 2010
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Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
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Released: Dec 29, 2013
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"Both author Laura Hillenbrand and narrator Edward Herrmann share the muse for biography. Hillenbrand (SEABISCUIT) captures the particulars of a captured WWII bomber pilot's travails of surviving torture and deprivation beyond our abilities to imagine. Keeping in the background, Herrmann avoids upstaging this intimate memoir, loaded with enticing psychological detail. He modulates his voice to communicate emotion, reading the many moments of sadness with respect. Without resorting to the annoying convention of pauses before quotes or conjuring up comedic characters, he conveys multiple personalities and their quotations with subliminal ease. The writer and narrator integrate their talents to bring the life of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent, Olympic athlete, and decorated combat hero--into suspenseful reality. To the end, they keep the story engrossing. J.A.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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