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Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive By Laura Hillenbrand,

  • Title: Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
  • Author: Laura Hillenbrand
  • ISBN: 9780385742511
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The 1 New York Times bestseller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes than 100 black and white photos, as well as exclusive content, In Conversation, with Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini.On a May afternoon in 1The 1 New York Times bestseller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes than 100 black and white photos, as well as exclusive content, In Conversation, with Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini.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 In this captivating young adult edition of her award winning 1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome Lavishly illustrated with than one hundred photographs and featuring an exclusive interview with Zamperini, Unbroken will introduce a new generation to one of history s most thrilling survival epics.
    Unbroken An Olympian s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive The New York Times bestseller which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie has now been adapted by the author for young adults Beautifully illustrated throughout this riveting

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    1. am i the only one who finds the concept of this young adult edition offensive it s not like young adults are deterred from reading the story because it s out of their age group they re capable of reading adult fiction the thought of dumbing something down for a slightly younger target audience kind of irritates me hopefully i m not alone on this

    2. Most amazing biography I ve read for years READ THIS BOOK I read an adaptation for young adults I don t know how it s different from the original The writing style is very good straight forward, plain, and quite compelling.Going through one harrowing experience after another with sharks and prison guards, Louie comes through unbroken Now, the secular version would marvel at the resilience of the human spirit through all this But I found the last 2 chpaters or so powerful than all the sensationa [...]

    3. view spoiler Rating 4.5 hide spoiler All I see he thought, is a dead body breathing.I ll be honest with you, when I first walked into this book I wasn t expecting to take anything out of it or be interested in the story But after reading this story it s opened my eyes to so much that has happened Of course everyone is aware of the Holocaust aspect of World War 2, but there was so much going on Japan was brutal, and though it s clear that this is no longer held against them I feel it was an impo [...]

    4. What an incredible story I m so glad Hillenbrand doesn t end with Louis rescue, but shows the lasting trauma of being a POW and Louis path to forgiveness and peace It s nice to have closure on all the side characters too, especially Phil and the Bird One thing that surprised me was how little dialogue she chose to use I understand not wanting to recreate conversations because they wouldn t be accurate, but I guess I expected to hear of Louis voice looking back on his experiences Maybe that s so [...]

    5. UNBROKEN AN OLYMPIAN S JOURNEY FROM AIRMAN TO CASTAWAY TO CAPTIVE by Laura Hillenbrand is part of trend toward young adult adaptations of popular adult works Based on the award winning novel, UNBROKEN A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION, the book traces the real world experiences of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who becomes a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II Both the original nonfiction narrative and the adaptation chronicle Zamperini s life by highligh [...]

    6. My husband read the adult version of this book and was inspired by what this man endured and how he overcame enormous struggles, but he also had to take small emotional breaks because the detailed depravity ate at him and he would find himself stewing in anger, which would take days to cool down Because I m hypersensitive about violence and other things he advised against my reading it, but he was sad he couldn t share the transformation to enlightenment, so when I saw that a young adult version [...]

    7. Wow This is a remarkable story Louie Zamperini was dealt a lot of horrific cards in his life I don t think I have ever been so inspired by someone as I have been by this man I often think about the trials I have in my life and I hope to one day handle them with the same strength This book was a very hard read because of the horrible things they went through but it is also one of inspiration It will awe and inspire you.

    8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is a heartbreaking true story that is amazingly written and really reaches the reader The craft and change of the character during the book makes you feel like you are really there The very awe I experienced reading this story is enough for me to give it 5 stars I had emotions about what the character should do by the end of the book Anyone who likes amazing war or survival stories or any nonfiction will love this book.

    9. We did this as a read aloud with the kids and they absolutely loved hearing Louie s story There were a few words or sentences I skipped for young ears but overall loved reading this with my boys and talking about Louie s life.

    10. Despite reading this book piecemeal as I coached two teams, taught classes, mentored a student teacher and tried to be a good mom and wife, I will name it as one of the best non fiction books I have ever read I really did start it 3 1 2 MONTHS ago Every time I was able to sit down and read, I got hooked and re hooked It took so long because September January with the exception of Christmas break are the craziest months of each year of my life Anyway, Louie Zamperini s story was compelling to say [...]

    11. If I had not known Louis Zamperini s story was real, I would have thought Hollywood stretched too far when I first watched the movie version of Unbroken The miracles that kept Louis alive were what intrigued me in reading Laura Hillenbrand s novel Her retelling of Louis life, both as an athlete and solider, kept me captivated from page one Sometimes her writing did not resonate with me and the wording seemed off, but I wonder if this is because I read the young adult adaptation Nevertheless, I d [...]

    12. Louis Zamperini was a kid that was always getting himself into trouble, but that all stoped the minute he was introduced to track by his brother Pete After that he was all about track all the time He was so good he ended up going to the olympics He was training for another olympics when he was drafted as a bomber for World War Two His bomber plane became one of the most respected for it s amazing missions One of which he came back with nearly six hundred bullet holes in his plane, but one missio [...]

    13. Unbroken An Olympian s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive is the true story of Louis Zamperini and his experiences in World War II This is a young adult adaptation of the original book Zamperini competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin Germany, and then became a bombardier in the Airforce His plane was shot down and he was a castaway for 47 days with two other men before landing on Marshall Island and becoming a prisoner of war for two and half years until the end of the war This story gi [...]

    14. I love Louie s strength and his story While difficult to grapple with at times, I believe this story is one that should be read by all It teaches touching lessons about forgiveness and resilience I was captivated by this book and it was an honor to be able to pair it with The Odyssey and share it with my freshmen They love it too

    15. I think this book was good because of the action I thought that Louie would die in the plane crash I was surprised that Louie changed through his years as he joined the military But after the plane crash when he was being held captive, the Japanese didn t really Treat them fairly the Japanese beat them For no reason But at one point when they were being attacked by the B 29 s, they pulled P.O.W.s out of their cells and beat them sometimes they even faked drills and locked their cells and burned [...]

    16. I started reading this when I was subbing for a HS English class that was reading it, and I was so intrigued by the story that I got it out of the library to finish it.

    17. Eh, I enjoyed some parts, but on the whole, this book was really boring, and a complete drag.Review to come soon

    18. Great outstanding book I however could not finish it Being the wife of an Airman, the torture broke my heart

    19. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, Unbroken will most definitely move you Louis Zamperini, son of Italian immigrants, grew up in Torrance, California He was a very mischievous boy, smoking at the age of 5 and drinking by age 8 with a penchant for stealing In an effort to keep him out of trouble and give him something to focus on, his older brother, Pete, whom he idolized, started to train him He discovered that he enjoyed running, and his dream was to run in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 He was the [...]

    20. Matt Laguzza3 26 15 Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand Characters Louie Zamperini Russell Allen Phillips Phil MacMutsuhiro Watanabe The bird Pete ZamperiniLieutenant William HarrisJohn Fitzgerald SUMMARY Louie Zamperini is an American Olympian who ended up being a POW Prisoner of War in WWll Louie and his family immigrated from Italy to a town in California called Torrance Louie was a boy that always got in trouble and stole things He started drinking liquor and smoking at a very young age Louie s life [...]

    21. This book was fabulous It was very eventful and profound In the beginning, Louie Zamperini was a young, troublemaker of a boy He stole food and money from the people in his small town When the thievery continued, his older brother, Pete, decided Louie needed something to focus on Pete, being a great runner, saw immense running potential in Louie He started to make Louie do workouts and run for miles Louie began to get faster He began to win races, and by a lot Not only did he win, he began to br [...]

    22. Unbroken is a biographical story of survival and willpower, telling the incredible journey of Olympic athlete turned B 24 navigator, Louie Zamperini, after his bomber crashes, leaving only him and two other survivors in the middle of the ocean The book starts off telling of Louie s mischievous and defiant childhood before he became a great athlete, and telling us of his emergence as a great runner His mentality and actions affected him later, after he was drafted, and affected the outcome of his [...]

    23. This was an amazing story Louie s life deserves the spotlight it received in this book and in the movie by the same title The writing style is rapturous and new Hillenbrand stands out from other authors by stint of an omnipotent viewpoint that still manages to surprise the reader and allow him or her to understand how the characters saw the world The details included how close Louie was to crashing several times before his infamous wreck, the pranks he played on his crew mates, the words written [...]

    24. NON FICTIONI absolutely loved this book Although it was non fiction, the way it was written and the story told, it read like a novel It follows the life of Olympian Louie Zamperini through his childhood to the Olympics, and then through his military training and service until he is shot down over the Pacific It then chronicles his experiences on a life raft, in multiple Japanese POW camps, and finally his transition once he returned home Despite its length, the time period it covered, and its we [...]

    25. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is a historic non fiction book set in World War Two In the years leading up to the war, troublemaker turned into runner Louis Zamperini is smashing records left and right After a good run in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Louis heads home to southern California to train for the 1940 Olympics Soon though, Pearl Harbour is bombarded by Japanese bombers, dragging the United States into the center of World War Two Watching and hearing the constant buzz of war planes above [...]

    26. For those of you who have been hiding under your rocks, this book is the biography of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian turned WWII soldier who survived a plane crash and torture starvation in a Japanese POW camp It s one of those books that I wish didn t exist though, because a human being had to live through that, and real life is often crueler than fiction The book does a good job of telling Zamperini s story I can tell the author has done exhaustive research I felt like his courage, doubts, trium [...]

    27. I ve read the original book twice, and reading this adapted version to my son was a great experience I ve read many books about WWII, from non fiction histories to memoirs Unbroken is by far my favorite.I recommend reading this to your child Zack is 12 because the subject matter by its very nature is grim Additionally, there are SO many opportunities to have discussions about the history, about the military then and now both myself and my husband are veterans , and about human nature I value the [...]

    28. I love that Laura Hillenbrand and Louis Zamperini collaborated on this story with younger readers in mind The original will still be waiting for readers when they are ready for it it is tough reading, even if you think you are mentally prepared Part of their teamwork in this new volume is an interview with Zamperini that I am glad is widely available because it is pure Louie Zamperini And I love that Mr Zamperini lived a long, energetic life well after World War II His bravery and experiences sh [...]

    29. This is an amazing and fascinating non fiction novel With never a dull moment, Louie Zamperini s adventurous story kept my attention from beginning to end Just when you think things couldn t possibly get any worse for him, they do It s hard to believe he actually survived drifting on a life raft in the Pacific ocean for 47 days and then being tortured and humiliated as a POW I highly recommend this to anyone It is well researched and very informative, giving me insight into a life of a POW that [...]

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