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
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.
Insightful and touching story of the experience in the trenches. The humanity of the vividly drawn characters is extraordinarily moving. Highly recommended.
A heartbreaking account of the first world war by a German veteran.
Simply written with no bravado or glorification of war.
This should be required reading by any young person wanting to join their nation's military.
Frank Muller did a wonderful job of bringing this book to life.
This is one of the most powerful classic war novels ever written. World War I is often forgotten, which is a shame. Thankfully, the war has gotten a little more attention with the 100th anniversary. The horror and difficulty of the trenches is almost unimaginable. This book does an amazing job capturing that horror and the mind of a young soldier. Notably, this is written from the perspective of a German soldier, giving a somewhat different perspective than Americans are usually used to hearing. This book was also written before World War II, the terrible sequel to the first world war. As an interesting historical side note, the author was hated by the Nazi's for this book. The author ultimately fled to America, but his sister was caught by the Nazis and executed simply for being a relative.
This is an amazing piece of literature. The prose and performance are excellent- more than once I was moved to tears. This story is timeless and tells of the horrors of war and what man is capable of.
What an awesome account that captures the violence and heartbreaking realities of high intensity conflict. No glamor, no heroics, just blood, shattered bone, and senseless deaths of young men of all nations. We never learn.
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