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
Frank Mueller narrates this masterpiece with a cadence that translates the gravity of the stunned numbness the soldiers in 1917 must have been steeped in when facing such unimaginable horrors on a daily basis. Truly absorbing.
Historical, somber, and captivating. At times depressing, at times funny. Very interesting read and I recommend to anyone who has any interest in philosophy of war, historical fiction or WWI in general.
Did not start with Vietnam. The opening of AQotWF sounds like it could have been about Vietnam though. Well performed. A classic story of war from the private's perspective. Loss, death, fear, comradeship, injury, death, the anomie of a soldier in war on leave among civilians. Anyone anxious to send our soldiers off to ear would do it less lightly after reading this.
Well worth the time to listen to, even if you read it long ago.
Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever reach a time that the lessons from this book are irrelevant.
Lots of Death and Dismemeberment by difficult to follow. After awhile I stopped listening because it was the same theme over and over again.
Have a story line that is easier to follow
too much accent. Better diction
Disappointment. I enjoy war stories, but they need to have a theme to follow.
Yes, I use this in a classroom full of Pre-AP English II students and they really like the audio version. Some do read ahead of the audio, but most stay with it for the discussions that follow.
Kat of course, for me. He is the backbone and knowledge of the group, without Kat there is not story!
When the new recruits come and Baumer and his friends call them "infants" when they are little more than children themselves.
I would have, but presenting it to my classes, I ended up listening to the same 10-15 pages 5 times a day for several days. That last class got all the GOOD discussions, as I had discussed it all day long and could lead the discussion in the best directions by 7th period.
Frank Muller does a wonderful job of reading this book and with such inflection in his voice!
It doesn't take long to realise that you are listening to A painfully truthful and classic account of life in the trenches as experienced in WW1. The translation Is first class. I don't think I have ever come across such poignant descriptions of the common lot of the German soldier of that time. A gripping story. I will certainly listen again - it' a treasure and well-read.
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