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
I read nothing that is popular.
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.
The story is short, and has a poetic quality. While the subject matter is about the horrors of war, the narration is quite calm and soothing. I'm not sure if the author intended it, but the whole story has a dreamy quality in the audiobook format.
I really enjoyed it.
16 million dead, 21 million wounded. The war to end all wars from the eyes of a veteran.
A horribly amazing book brought to life by an amazing narrator. Everyone should read this book once in their life.
"Death is not an adventure for those who stand face to face with it"
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