This was by hardest the saddest book I've listened to.
Frank Muller was excellent at pronouncing the various names - he was an excellent narrator.
Paul was of course!
I got this book as one of the "Daily Deals" and was very satisfied. Like I said, Frank really gave this book depth. It was so sad, all of war, and Paul's story - although so very sad - was well told through Frank.
Although I read this novel many years ago, I have never listened to the audio version. The reader is first rate and I re-appreciated the book's lyrical richness in another dimension.
Several months ago, I began reading/listening to books about WWI in anticipation of the centenary of WWI. I started with Barbara Tuchman but discovered Max Hastings and Hew Strachan and quickly realized that I didn't know very much about the war that has and continues to shape our world. So, I read on and on and on (there are so many great new histories about the war and it's buildup) and it has been a fascinating re-education. My journey would not have been complete without All Quiet on the Western Front... simply the best anti-war novel ever.
I didn't know if I could stomach the story again but Frank Muller's narration enriched the experience and I'm glad I ventured into the horrors of troops on the Western Front.
I wouldn't even try to rename the book, this title is perfect.
I downloaded this book because my husband always talked about the movie he saw 20+ years ago as being fantastic. However, we had to stop listening. Boring mostly. But, also depressing.
Boring and depressing
Frank Muller is phenomenal. No complaints with the performance.
Someone said it was a classic. And, it was on the Daily Deal, so I only wasted 3 bucks.
Was really looking forward to reading this but found the audio quality was very poor...actually I think it was the narrator too, emphasizing some parts in a clear voice then switching to a whisper and the variance was just too much. I had to quickly turn up or down the sound to account for this difference.
First off, the performance would have to be immeasurably better. Secondly, I found no satisfaction in the narrative. The book wanders fairly aimlessly through a long arc of time. There are stretches that gloss over months, then stretches that linger monotonously on a few days. I could discern no reason nor rhythm to this. I would have hoped for more resolution, more point, some conclusion to the narrative. Overall, disappointing.
The performance is so bad it is completely distracting. The reading is flat and monotonous. There is no modulation in tone or fluctuation in emotion to correlate with the events of the book. Everything is read with an overbearing sense of gravitas with no regard to what is actually being described. I found that incredibly tedious.
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.
When her returned home and his world had changed.
I have and he is great.
The name is perfect.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Wonderful narration, easy to listen to. I think this would help any veteran who has suffered in war. The translation is masterful, poetic. As with any young soldiers, there are happy times of course. There is a kind of healing fun made in defiance of stuffed shirt officers, unqualified medics and whoever else appears on the scene. The story is so well written that I almost forgot which war this was. It seems universal. It should be a healing and eye-opening listen for many people.