This is a book I’d heard a bit about as I’d had some kids read this for their biography book report, but I have to admit, I ended up getting it mostly by chance as I was looking for something to listen to and this was available. Now, I’m pretty sure it’ll go down as one of my favorites of the year.
The book chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini–from his precocious childhood, to his astounding running career, to his harrowing months on a raft in the ocean, to his heartbreaking time as a POW, to his touching story of healing. While the story itself is captivating, the way Hillenbrand weaves pieces together and describes the events really does bring the story alive and make it one of the most engaging books I’ve ever read. Often, I get so wrapped up in my own world and problems that I forget how good I have it; hearing the stories here remind me of the many blessings in my life.
Rating: 5 stars