My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
No, that statement has no connection with defecation. Its what the soldiers say when a comrade dies. If you were stuck in the horrors of war, just what would you do to "escape". Maybe have a joke like this to put some sort of band-aid on the open and festering wound of the reality that your in.
All Quiet on the Western Front follows a soldier that comes to realize war changes a man. The soldiers believe that the only way to cope with the realities of war is to endure it by simply avoiding thinking about it rather than reminiscing on the inhumane/numerous deaths and horrible conditions of trench warfare. Also they need to avoid thinking about the mindless/emotionless animal they have become.
A quote from when the main protagonist is in the hospital and his descriptions and experiences there sums up a good portion of the book.
"A hospital alone, shows what war really is"
I would say that it is hard for me to focus sometimes and the narrator plays an important part ....Frank Muller.brings life into the characters etc. But I simply did not care for this story line I guess
Of course one book doesn't mean the author has terrible skills. This bookwasn't for me that's all.
Someone else may possibly really enjoy this book. It just wasn't right for me.
Sadness I guess.
I just want to stress that I am only one person and if a book doesn't grab me in the first or second chapter, plus the narrator such as Scott Brick or Frank Muller are genius ....they bring the book alive as if you are there.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
"All Quiet on the Western Front" is one of those required high school books. I missed the mandate by transferring schools between my freshman and sophomore years, and I ended up repeating freshman English because of logistics in the school district. So, I missed this one - along with Les Misarables and several others.
When it came time for my sophomore to read this one, I couldn't offer any insight. My son tried reading it, and just could not engage. I suggested getting the book on Audible, so he could read along with the audio narration.
It worked, and he did very well with this book. We did the same with Les Miserables, and we're waiting for that.
Since he'd listened to the book, and it was less than 7 hours, I decided to find out why it was required reading.
I am a US Army veteran, and the feeling of place, comradeship, and - bitterly - the sense of futility, were as horrifying for a WWI German veteran as they were for a soldier 50 years later. The weapons, the food, and the place were different - but the feeling was the same.
The narration was definitely worth the listen, for my teenager and for me.
I enjoy non-fiction history books. Audible is allowing me to catch up on all those classics I should have read before but never got around to. I have a long commute to work and audio books make the drive go so much faster.
This book addresses issues that are represented in every international conflict. How soldiers deal with the horrors and depravity of war are the same in Afghanistan now as they were in WWI. While listening to this book is not necessarily "fun," it is very thought-provoking and helps me understand the stories I hear now from friends and relatives who have deployed to the Middle East.
I know many folks are reading the books being written now by returning heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. I regard "All Quiet" as a primer on how soldiers learn to deal with war.
Depressing. powerful. personal.
I don't want to spoil it but the moments with his comrades specifically the depressing loss over time. I think you can predict that some one is going to die.
The first bombardment in the story. it was not his first but the detail made the scene more terrifying.
All is quiet on the western front of course.
Say something about yourself!
I think the synopsis gives a fine explanation of the book itself as far as what it is about, so I will touch on the emotional impact this book had on me.
I had to read this in my 8th grade history class, now I don't know if I wasn't mature enough then, or I skimmed too much of this book, but I did not get nearly the depth out of this book as I did as an adult and in audio format.
This is one of those books that when it is finished you need to sit in silence for a while just to absorb everything. It is deep, powerful and moving. It certainly gave me a whole new perspective of veterans, especially those who were on the front lines and I maybe grasped a bit better why some come back and do not wish to speak of their time.
Yes. Everyone should read this before going to war or before sending anyone off to war.
It reinforced my earlier observation that war is a contrivance of old rich men to send young poor men to protect the interest of the former at the expense of the latter. War is the worse way to solve problems. WWI was called 'the great war'...it should have been called 'the great waste'.
The narrator has an appealing voice and he tells a story with passion.
The most memorable moment is when one of the main character's friend dies.
His voice and passion for story telling
no extreme reaction.
Tell us about yourself!
Futility of war
The night before he had to return to his unit after leave. After what he had already experienced, it would have been difficult to do.
He did a fantastic job. Told the story the way it needed to be told.
Yes. It took a bit of time to get back into the mood after interruptions
It could have been about almost anyone in almost any war. Just an ordinary guy in a hellish situation. I could almost imagine i was there, just one of the guys. No glory, just the war and trying to get through it.
told from a common soldier's viewpoint by an actual German foot soldier from the WWI front lines.
Frank Muller is a top-tier narrator.