Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the inscrutable world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.
©1958 Erich Maria Remarque (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
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'.
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
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.
I would place it in the top 10% of the 15 audio books I've read this year so far
Paul the narrator of the story
When Paul is for many hours in a bomb crater with an allied soldier he had to kill. The thoughts he expresses and the emotions he goes through tells you the mental horrors of war, especially the trench war of WW1
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.
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.
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.
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