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Janel’s #CBR4 Review 63 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

It took me a while, but I finally got a chance to read this book.  I was impressed how Hillenbrand’s book read like a fiction book even though it was non-fiction. I was captivated with this book and I think my nurses could tell as I would rush right back to the book as soon as my testing was over. The chapters about his time in the prison camp did drag a bit for me.  I was amazed how he dealt with his POW days when getting back home and how he had an interest in returning back to Japan.

I appreciate learning about a different front of World War II. It is clear that Hillenbrand’s seven years of research paid off in helping the reader experience the trials and joys that Louis did.  This book is definitely one that you should not miss out on.


Jelinas’ #CBR4 Review #22: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand


Unbroken is CRAZY. I can’t believe the crazy circumstances that Louis Zamperini had to survive, from a plane crash to a concentration camp and beyond. Survival. Resilience. Redemption. It’s all there.


Sophia’s #CBR4 Review #11 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I’m pretty sure I found my latest book through some random library kindle searching. I’ve read Seabiscuit, saw this was the same author, and thought it sounded pretty interesting. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010) by Laura Hillenbrand turned out to be even better than I expected. I couldn’t put it down and it continues to affect me even now that I’ve finished.

 I’ve always found history interesting, but I am more fascinated by the people involved and their personal stories than stories of political power and shifting allegiances. Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Louie Zamperini, son of an Italian immigrant, a precocious and difficult child, an Olympic runner, and an Army Air Force bombardier in World War II. When Louie’s plane crashes into the ocean during WWII, it marks the beginning of an astounding struggle for survival that was hard to read but impossible to stop reading about. Because Hillenbrand took the time to ground all of the main players in this novel, I really cared what happened to them. When I finally saw a break coming for Louie, I was so relieved, only to find him falling into even worse circumstances. Some of it is really hard to believe. I can imagine movie producers nixing this story as too far fetched.
Read the rest of my review here.

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