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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption [Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe] [Englisch] [Audio CD]

Laura Hillenbrand , Edward Herrmann
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16. November 2010
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award

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 . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed 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 . . . 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
 
“A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”—The Washington Post
 
“Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Marvelous . . . Unbroken 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 . . . deserve[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, Fresh Air
 
“Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”Time

Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it.”—Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run


Produktinformation

  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: Random House Audio; Auflage: Unabridged (16. November 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0739319698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739319697
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 15,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.091.884 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Extraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed 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 . . . 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

“A meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.”—The Washington Post
 
“Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Marvelous . . . Unbroken 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 . . . deserve[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, Fresh Air
 
“Hillenbrand . . . tells [this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter’s pace.”Time
 
Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. . . . When it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match ‘the boy terror of Torrance,’ and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity. Hillenbrand has given us a new national treasure.”—Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
 
“Riveting . . . an exceptional portrait . . . So haunting and so beautifully written, those who fall under its spell will never again feel the same way about World War II and one of its previously unsung heroes.”—The Columbus Dispatch
 
“Magnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
“No other author of narrative nonfiction chooses her subjects with greater discrimination or renders them with more discipline and commitment. If storytelling were an Olympic event, [Hillenbrand would] medal for sure.”Salon

“A celebration of gargantuan fortitude . . . full of unforgettable characters, multi-hanky moments and wild turns . . . Hillenbrand is a muscular, dynamic storyteller.”The New York Times

“[A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.”Washingtonian

“Zamperini’s story is certainly one of the most remarkable survival tales ever recorded. What happened after that is equally remarkable.”—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair

“Irresistible . . . Hillenbrand demonstrates a dazzling ability—one Seabiscuit only hinted at—to make the tale leap off the page.”Elle

“A tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“An astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.”Entertainment Weekly

“Intense . . . You better hold onto the reins.”The Boston Globe

“Incredible . . . Zamperini’s life is one of courage, heroism, humility and unflagging endurance.”St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Hillenbrand has once again brought to life the true story of a forgotten hero, and reminded us how lucky we are to have her, one of our best writers of narrative history. You don’t have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book—you just have to love great storytelling.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, “A Sudden Illness,” won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in Thoroughbred racing. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen tortured diginity 23. Mai 2011
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The book is a very heart rendering read. Louie Zamperini's dreams are chattered through agonizing torture which he is forced to endure through his capture by the Japanese during WWII. He does not get rescued by any drummed up parade of soldiers. Not when he is stranded in the middle of the Pacific, not when he is taken prisoner by the Japanese and not while he is a POW. Why one human race can be so extreme cruel is beyond comprehension. Yet the book does not radiate hate or racism. The story does not provoke pity towards the protagonist or any other character of the book. I questioned myself: why am I reading this? It is because I had to know if he/they survive. I had to find out if they are taken out of the struggle to live. It was soothing to realize families really can stick together and believe. Throughout the book Louie knew and trusted his faith in his family and his family had faith in Louie.

Knowing that this novel is true was mind -boggling. If it was fiction it would seem that the author was exaggerating a story. It would probably be deemed that the protagonist should be named John Wayne and the whole episode was dreamed up in Hollywood. But exactly the opposite is true. The protagonist Louie Zamperini was not anything like Wayne he was like you and me (a mensch) and the setting was nothing close to Hollywood. I kept asking myself how much one human being can be made to suffer. I haven't felt so touched by a war novel since Irwin Shaw's "The Young Lions"; and that was fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A MUST READ BOOK 1. November 2013
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Strongly recommend. A must read book. An incredible story of WWll POWs how they managed to survive in rubber boat in the middle of Pacific ocean for over a month without food and water. Then to be captured by the Japanese. Sent to POWs camps in Japan. It was a shocking story how they survived the conditions and the kind of treatment in the camps. It's the WWll's untold story of the survival of POWs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Motivating 21. September 2013
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Very interesting and amazing biography. It makes you realize how little you had to go through compared to the victims of the second world war.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spitze! 19. September 2013
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Louis Zamperini ist ein junger talentierter Leichtathlet, der 1936 bei den Olympischen Spielen in Berlin teilnimmt. Noch zu jung, um in die große Weltspitze vorzudringen, will er dies 1940 erreichen. Doch dann kommt der 2.WK dazwischen und Zamperini geht zur amerikanischen Luftwaffe und wird mit Kameraden über dem Pazifik abgeschossen. Es beginnt eine jahrelange Odyssee...
Ein sachliches, packendes und emotionales Buch zugleich, welches eine wahre Geschichte verarbeitet und einen Teil des 2.WK beleuchtet, der Europäern eher unbekannt sein dürfte. Fünf Sterne von mir, da es ein Pageturner ist. Gleichzeitig bin ich auf die bevorstehende (9/13) Verfilmung gespannt, denn das Buch hat alles für einen Oscar-Kandidaten und Blockbuster...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspiring Story 17. August 2013
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"Unbroken" is the almost incredible story of Louis Zamperini, Olympian, Air Force Veteran, prisoner of war and inspirational speaker. Normally I tell a lot of the facts of a history or biography, but this book reads so much like a novel that I want you to have the thrill of suspense that I did.

To give you a few details, Zamperini grew up in California, became an Olympic runner who was expected to medal at the 1940 Tokyo Summer Olympics that were cancelled due to World War II. Joining the Army Air Force, Zamperini was shot down over the Pacific, floated in a raft for 47 days after which they were captured by Japanese. Author Laura Hillenbrand tells of the unspeakable cruelties inflicted on the prisoners until their liberation by Allied Forces. Upon return to the States Zamperini struggled from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until, well I better stop here.

Suffice it to say, "Unbroken" is a well written tale of courage that truly could not be broken. It tells a of a tragedy of war that is often overlooked, the sufferings of the POW. Whether you are student of World War II or just looking for an inspiration "Unbroken" is the choice for you.
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