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
Yes. Enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. Great story -- perfect narration.
The writing --
The book was very moving. I am hardly ever moved to tears, but listening to this account of the suffering of these soldiers was heartbreaking. Interspersed with the horrors were heartwarming scenes of humanity, generosity, comradeship, and love
The scene where Paul spends the night in a trench with the dying French soldier, whom Paul had wounded.
Narrator was great.
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Now this is one of the most power books I've ever read on the subject of war. Highly recommended for everyone I know. And anyone thinking about signing up for the military should read it for post haste.
Yes. All Germans in WW11 were not evil. Some were just people. Some followed little orders without realizing the horror of the big picture.
I like to read but listening is better.
I first read this book when I was 18. I'm 33 now and listening to it as an audio book I felt like I was reading it for the first time.
It's one of the most wonderfully written books of the last century. The language is beautiful and the translation loses nothing (or if something is lost it remains gorgeous and powerful).
It may take a while to get used to Muller's style of narration but once the reader does get adjusted he's perfect.
This should be required reading in public schools: once in middle school and again in high school. It should be one of the books we are most familiar with. When everyone is in the mood for war, this book should be remembered. There's a reason Hitler had it burned.
Absolutely - a harrowing but moving experience of World War I by a gifted novelist.
This was by hardest the saddest book I've listened to.
Frank Muller was excellent at pronouncing the various names - he was an excellent narrator.
Paul was of course!
I got this book as one of the "Daily Deals" and was very satisfied. Like I said, Frank really gave this book depth. It was so sad, all of war, and Paul's story - although so very sad - was well told through Frank.
Although I read this novel many years ago, I have never listened to the audio version. The reader is first rate and I re-appreciated the book's lyrical richness in another dimension.
Several months ago, I began reading/listening to books about WWI in anticipation of the centenary of WWI. I started with Barbara Tuchman but discovered Max Hastings and Hew Strachan and quickly realized that I didn't know very much about the war that has and continues to shape our world. So, I read on and on and on (there are so many great new histories about the war and it's buildup) and it has been a fascinating re-education. My journey would not have been complete without All Quiet on the Western Front... simply the best anti-war novel ever.
I didn't know if I could stomach the story again but Frank Muller's narration enriched the experience and I'm glad I ventured into the horrors of troops on the Western Front.
I wouldn't even try to rename the book, this title is perfect.
I downloaded this book because my husband always talked about the movie he saw 20+ years ago as being fantastic. However, we had to stop listening. Boring mostly. But, also depressing.
Boring and depressing
Frank Muller is phenomenal. No complaints with the performance.
Someone said it was a classic. And, it was on the Daily Deal, so I only wasted 3 bucks.
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.
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