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From the quintessential author of wartime Germany, A Time to Love and a Time to Die echoes the harrowing insights of his masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front.

After two years at the Russian front, Ernst Graeber finally receives three weeks' leave. But since leaves have been canceled before, he decides not to write his parents, fearing he would just raise their hopes. 

Then, when Graeber arrives home, he finds his house bombed to ruin and his parents nowhere in sight. Nobody knows if they are dead or alive. As his leave draws to a close, Graeber reaches out to Elisabeth, a childhood friend. Like him, she is imprisoned in a world she did not create. But in a time of war, love seems a world away. And sometimes, temporary comfort can lead to something unexpected and redeeming.

©1954 Erich Maria Remarque (P)2019 Recorded Books

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It’s a lot to take in.

Like many people, I find myself fascinated with war stories. Guy Sajer and Eugene Sledge have remained icons for their books; The Forgotten Soldier and With the Old Breed, but I must admit… hearing the stories of the losing side gives a morbid fascination with who/what they were fighting for, not the mindless thugs of the SS or the hell-bent followers of the Nazi Regime. There were regular people in the Wehrmacht, a concept I had a hard time understanding when I first got into history, but books like this really put it into reality. The pain described here is unreal and unreliable, it leaves the reader (or listener) a kind of fear that is very human. I couldn’t stop listening, and I’m glad I dedicated myself to buy this audible, especially by such a great narrator too.

I…hate the ending though. It was beautifully written, but nonetheless.

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Sorrow in Germany

No one quite captures German wartime sorrow like Erich Maria Remarque. The reader can feel the desolation, and also flicker of hope in the lives Ernst and Elisabet. Ernst on furlough from the Eastern front funds his parents are gone and former home gone. This is Germany in the midst of WWII air raids. While many authors can impersonate what it was like, Remarque makes it visceral. MacLeod Andrews is the ideal narrator for this work, capturing the pain and emptiness.

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Portrait of German wartime life

The story of one mans experiences on the Russian front and in homeland Germany on leave , told in simple unflinching language creates a gripping insight into the lives of ordinary German people during 1944 .