I just finished up the audio book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I was quick to put myself on the waiting list to read this book when I saw that it was about WWII. I am still a history buff.
It was a good book. Some people might not like it some will. I liked it because I am a history buff and I appreciated knowing facts that went along with the story. I appreciated knowing how many people died in Japanese POW camps and what they died from. I appreciated knowing statics and war facts beyond the original story of Louis Zamperini.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, 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.”
I am always a big fan of books with strong characters that fight to live through conditions that were meant to break them. I read them and always wonder, could I do that? At what point would I break? Like Holocaust books I find myself a little disgusted with myself I have a reading appreciation of such books. I’d never want to say I enjoyed reading/listening to them as the book wouldn’t be here if someone didn’t truly live through that. Anyway…no matter how I say it, I’ll say this. The book was well worth my time.
Amazon readers say 4.8 stars. I’m going with 4.5. I am off to start a new book. This one was highly recommended, The Girl on the Train. I hope it lives up to the hype.