What I’m Reading: Unbroken

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.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Unbroken”

  1. My daughter has chosen Louis Zamperini as the subject of her final paper for English class this year. This book is one of several books she read about him and his amazing life. Reading snippets of the book with her as she worked on her paper has inspired me to read this book, as well.

  2. My husband and I both read Louis book. I hope you read the info on the author. That was really interesting as she was not well all during the book writing.

  3. I just finished reading Unbroken not too long ago and found it very interesting. It is hard to imagine how someone could survive all of the torture.

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