This book along with other like Born of the 4th of July should be required reading before enlisting. The story is memorable. This story is a sad but seemingly true sense of war, loss of life and hardships along the way. This story reminds us that we are all men who are dying. The differences between us and them become blured and the cause or meaning of the war become lost.
It never gets old. Third listen over the years to this story about school boys thrown into the horrors of trench warfare. Frank Muller has the perfect voice and cadence to add to this great story. A must listen.
This is a well read story. The action of the story is compelling and the descriptions of World War I are horrifying. The book moves along quickly and leaves you with the sense of disgust that is intended. One of the best pieces of literature that shows the horror and helplessness of war.
The excellent reading just flows, whereas reading this very sad material would have been hard to go through in print form.
Muller's reading is not overly dramatic.
The protagonist, Paul, is a sensitive, tender boy, turned into a hardened soldier. He also gives us a short glimpse to his life away from the front. The juxtaposition of these two extremes makes the reader feel more intensely the hardships of WW1.
I rank this audiobook as one of the best books ever told
The outburst from the main character to some civilians talking about how to win the war.
A soldier's story of the Western Front
It is a very depressing story but that is the point of its theme. That's what makes it so great. It's wonderfully written.
Audible listener who's grateful for 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.
Listening to the voice of Frank Muller narrate this book was intense. I felt like the book was alive, and I was privy to a private conversation with the narrator. I was quite amazed how much intimacy I felt to the character and the author.
So many, hard to list one. Many of the descriptive passages where the narrator yearns for home and his life restored.
This is a classic in the anti-war literature. It is not polemic, but reports in a matter-of-fact fashion what is happening to the main subject of the book, and also to his high school friends. The reading performance is very good. It does not put the reader at the center of the story, but helps the listener to stay interested.
Maybe "liking" is not the best choice of words for a story such as this. However, there are many impressive moments in this book.
Not sure, but I found the story of Paul's--the book's major subject--visit home on leave particularly well-conceived.
A bit too long for one setting
Recommended without any reservation whatsoever.
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.