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
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.
"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.
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
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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.
I loved that this story was about so much more than war. This is about the human experience. It has been one of the most moving books I have ever read/listened to.
The variation of mini stories, from almost cute tales of boyhood to the trauma of a devastating war.
The voices are done perfectly...
I almost cried, and did plenty of laughing. It has left me feeling almost melancholy and hoping for so much more.
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