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All Quiet on the Western Front | [Erich Maria Remarque]

All Quiet on the Western Front

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 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.
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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

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    Ernest Newton, NJ, United States 06-26-15
    Ernest Newton, NJ, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic unfortunately still relevant"

    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.

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    Curtis 06-15-15
    Curtis 06-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic"

    Great story. So many things that can't be expressed on film. I am glad I listened even though I'd watched the movie.

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    patricia 06-13-15
    patricia 06-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hard Story to Follow"
    What disappointed you about All Quiet on the Western Front?

    Lots of Death and Dismemeberment by difficult to follow. After awhile I stopped listening because it was the same theme over and over again.


    What could Erich Maria Remarque have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a story line that is easier to follow


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    too much accent. Better diction


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I enjoy war stories, but they need to have a theme to follow.


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    Sandra 06-08-15
    Sandra 06-08-15
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    "Powerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Quiet on the Western Front to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kat of course, for me. He is the backbone and knowledge of the group, without Kat there is not story!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the new recruits come and Baumer and his friends call them "infants" when they are little more than children themselves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Muller does a wonderful job of reading this book and with such inflection in his voice!

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    reidnc 06-06-15
    reidnc 06-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The immeasurable costs of war"

    Good production. The costs of war and tyranny are immeasurable. Compelling
    perspective on life in the trenches during WWI.

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    Pamela 06-05-15
    Pamela 06-05-15
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    "A Remarkable and Unique Document"

    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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    A.J. Million 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great imagery, brought together by narrator"

    Incredibly powerful imagery throughout the book. The narrator's delivery make the story all the more powerful

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    Jon 05-18-15
    Jon 05-18-15
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    "Should have listened to this sooner!"

    The title to this famous book put me off but I thought it was excellent and a very good translation.

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    C T Ross 05-16-15
    C T Ross 05-16-15 Member Since 2002
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    "I'm surprised by all the great ratings"

    I had just finished Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends when I started this. I thought I might hear a similarly good story from a German perspective but honestly, I was bored. I guess the writing was good and this is a historically significant book, but as far as entertainment value for me, it's average at best. There are a few decent scenes and interesting concepts, but there are many better books. I don’t recommend as entertainment, but would recommend if you're studying this era or the stress of war.

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    Joshua Pack FPO, AE USA 05-16-15
    Joshua Pack FPO, AE USA 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless view into the world of a soldier at war"
    Any additional comments?

    This book should be mandatory reading for Congress before they can vote on a declaration of war. Powerful.

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