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Getrieben von den Hetzreden ihres Lehrers Kantorek melden sich Paul Bäumer und seine Klassenkameraden freiwillig für den Kriegsdienst. In den Schützengräben der Westfront erleben sie hautnah und brutal die Sinnlosigkeit und das Grauen des Krieges.

Die Lesung von August Diehl öffnet uns Augen und Ohren, wenn sie ungekürzt und in bestechender Einfachheit alles einer Stimme überlässt - einzigartig ergreifend und immer wieder hochgelobt.

©2005 Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch Köln (P)2005 Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg/ Der Hörverlag

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Ungekürzt, erschütternd, absolut hörenswert!
-- Hörzu

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Really good book, story, and opportunity to improve your German, if you're not a native speaker. Heartrending portrait of the physical and spiritual desolation of the Great War.

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a must read

everyone should read this.
everday problems seem small when you imagine had you been part of this.
i cried a lot. thank you to all who did not return.

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  • 08-23-20

Nice to learn German with and good narration

I was looking for something more challenging and less boring than the standard dialogues in my German course book. A colleague recommended this book to me. I generally don’t like war related stuff, but the colleague insisted :D Just finished listening to it and like it very much. The narration is clear, at a good speed and pleasant to listen to. Can’t rate the story 5 star, because I can’t understand everything, yet :D From what I could understand, I can imagine why it was banned during the war... It’s interesting to hear about the live at the German side.

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  • 02-26-22

Excellent Narration

Really easy to listen to, particularly if you're a non-native speaker. Good pace, read clearly.

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  • 11-24-19

Im Westen nichts neues

Very well read. Ideal for learners of German. Can see why the Nazis banned it - it describes the conditions of war so accurately.

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  • 10-10-19

Powerful, mesemerising

Having read this book ages ago, and now listening to it with August Diehl's excellent interpretation of the text, I am astounded at how the gripping this seminal text of 20th century literature is. Quite contrary to expectations this is one of the best purchases I have made and helps one to understand not only the First World War in all its horror, but helps one to understand the seismic events that have shaped our world today. Superb.