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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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    Joyce Sandusky McDonough, GA USA 11-17-14
    Joyce Sandusky McDonough, GA USA 11-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book -- beautiful writing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. Great story -- perfect narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing --


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    CJB Cortlandt Manor, NY United States 10-26-14
    CJB Cortlandt Manor, NY United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best anti-war book I ever 'read'."
    What did you love best about All Quiet on the Western Front?

    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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Paul spends the night in a trench with the dying French soldier, whom Paul had wounded.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    War sucks.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was great.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "There is no Glory in War, only Death"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 09-29-14
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 09-29-14
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    "classic story from the other team"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. All Germans in WW11 were not evil. Some were just people. Some followed little orders without realizing the horror of the big picture.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frank Muller?

    yes


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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 09-17-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2011

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Beautiful and Tragic: Required Reading"

    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.

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    H. Segal Ithaca 09-10-14
    H. Segal Ithaca 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A Classic Novel - Beautifully Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - a harrowing but moving experience of World War I by a gifted novelist.


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    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 08-28-14
    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Frank Muller is excellent"
    Where does All Quiet on the Western Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was by hardest the saddest book I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Quiet on the Western Front?

    Frank Muller was excellent at pronouncing the various names - he was an excellent narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Paul was of course!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Barbara Portland, OR 08-26-14
    Barbara Portland, OR 08-26-14
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    "Audio version highlights the lyrical"
    What made the experience of listening to All Quiet on the Western Front the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare All Quiet on the Western Front to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could rename All Quiet on the Western Front, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't even try to rename the book, this title is perfect.


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    Karla 08-25-14
    Karla 08-25-14
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    "So boring and depressing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Erich Maria Remarque’s story?

    Boring and depressing


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Frank Muller is phenomenal. No complaints with the performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Someone said it was a classic. And, it was on the Daily Deal, so I only wasted 3 bucks.


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    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-07-12
    wayne Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Audio quality is awful"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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