Unbroken (the Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

Version: Unabridged
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Narrator: Edward Herrmann
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Educational, Autobiography
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: November 2014
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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Overview

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

Reviews (3)

Written by Gina Kerns on July 25th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Book! It inspired me as a teacher to never underestimate the possibilities in the future for a challenging student.

Written by Bob Klug on July 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good book for a long car ride or other activity five hours plus.

Written by marci wendling on July 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had already read the book but wanted something my high school son and I could listen to together on a road trip. Unbroken was a great choice!

Author Details

Author Details

Hillenbrand, Laura

Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor for "Equus" magazine since 1989. Her work has also appeared in "American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf "and "Sport Digest" and many other publications. Her 1998 "American Heritage" article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing, the highest award for Thoroughbred racing. She is currently serving as a consultant on a Universal Studios movie based on this book. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Laura lives in Washin