This is a classic, often taught in school. Somehow I never read it back then, though I had heard of it often. The story is compelling, even if depressing. The reality of the life of soldier in the trenches in WW I is very much brought to life.
Heart-rending, passionate, gritty
Paul, through whose eyes the whole story unfolds
Muller brings character and depth to this work. He makes it as believable as if he were there
I read nothing that is popular.
I was looking to see if the library had this book on audio, and to my disappointment, they didn't have it. How can they not have the classics? I was really happy that Audible had this title because it's been on my list to read for a very long time.
Listening to the late Frank Muller's voice is a gift to itself because any listener knows that he had a special gift of bringing books alive. Although, I was delighted to hear Muller's voice again, there were a lot of silent pauses in between paragraphs and chapters. It became somewhat distracting to listen to the story, but his voice brings back lots of memories of books in my inventory.
Recorded Books should release this book in the public domain for all to listen to because All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic and there is no generation gap for superb writing.
yes, telling the friend that this tells what war is really like on our young men and women and previews the lives of soldiers who come home.
the schoolteacher who goads the young men to enlist. It reminds me of chickenhawks that pound thier chest with other peoples lives (i.e. Dick Cheney)
The scene where Paul goes home on leave and has a respite from the war.
The main character Paul because of his ability to communicate the reality of war yet portray it as really a battle of leaders, fought by ordinary men who's lives are likely the same on both sides.
Frank Muller deserves some kind of award for this- he took a true classic and made it absolutely REAL . The performance, story and direction are the best I've heard.
A beautifully written, first person account of a 19 year old German soldier's harrowing experience of World War I. Fighting on the Front Line, the horrors of treatment in the numerous hospitals, the sense of loss and dissasociation experienced on leave and the deep sense of comradeship shared by these young men, the novel gives one a full sense of how war destroys a person long before their life is lost.
A classic story of a man, humanity, and war. The front seat in the minds of a soldier through his transition from civilian towar machine
I put this book off long enough. It is the timeless story of the infantryman fighting in the Great War. The emotion and personalities of the Infantry haven't changed in one hundred years for sure. I was never in the German Army in WWI but had already met the guys he served with because it was spot on.
This book takes you to the front lines of WWI like none other. The descriptions are rich with detail and emotion.
Yes, but not because the writing or narration grip you. I would recommend it to have the reader/listener confront the realities of war and question deeply our leaders who would so callously lead us into battle from the safety of their palaces.
Dry and boring, but resonant.
There was a moment that nearly drew tears, and that was the description of chemical warfare and witnessing comrades suffer and die in terrible ways.
Firstly a single line that struck me from this book. "We are just young boys, instead of exploring & enjoying everything that this world has to offer, instead we are sent to utterly destroy it."
This book lays out the utter futility of war. In language that is direct, concise, and eloquent, it slowly unravels all its bleak layers. Through one German soldier's narration, we witness an entire generation of young men -- lost in the inhumane reality and callousness of years in the trenches, unable to understand the war, but relentlessly facing random injury and death. Though still boys, really, they are forced into an initiation into adulthood that involves total immersion into mud, rats, lice, hunger, fear and death -- with virtually no respite. They no longer connect with their families of origin and hold no expectations for any future. They are young enough to long for motherly comfort but old enough to hide their vulnerability behind false strength and bravado.
Nothing is left to the imagination. They starve, hide, kill, observes inept officers and pathetic prisoners of war, buries comrades, visits home, and witnesses the uneven quality of medical care available.