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