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The Road Back

By: Erich Maria Remarque
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
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Summary

The sequel to the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back is a classic novel of the slow return of peace to Europe in the years following World War I. 

After four grueling years, the Great War has finally ended. Now Ernst and the few men left from his company cannot help wondering what will become of them. The town they departed as eager young men seems colder, their homes smaller, the reasons their comrades had to die even more inexplicable. For Ernst and his friends, the road back to peace is more treacherous than they ever imagined. Suffering food shortages, political unrest, and a broken heart, Ernst undergoes a crisis that teaches him what there is to live for - and what he has that no one can ever take away.

©1958 Erich Maria Remarque (P)2018 Recorded Books

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"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Good listening. Well written

Shame about the American accent as the book was written by a German. Enjoyed the book though

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Brilliant

Although often characterised as the poor cousin of the (superior) All Quiet on the Western Front, I personally found this to be the better book of the two; it is beautifully descriptive and moving. It could only have been written by someone who (clearly) had first hand experience of the events of the time.

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  • BARRY
  • 20-02-19

Great Successor to All Quiet on the Western Front

If you admired Remarque's masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, you'll be captivated by this as well. The author's perspective could only come from one who experienced the Great War himself. His language is simple, poetic, authentic, and a great tribute to all who suffered, both during the war and when they returned home.

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  • J.Brock
  • 06-03-20

A Stunning Follow Up

Going on, it's hard to wonder how anyone is going to be able to match the great Frank Muller's narration of "All Quiet on the Western Front." And to start, the narrator is a bit creaky. But once he gets going, he builds. Now comparing one to Muller isn't applicable, and not fair. But Graham Halstead makes this his own. It's the story of heartbreak following the Great War. Of lives shattered, trying to rebuild what was lost. The road back it is in every way. What a wonderful story and most pleasant surprise.

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  • Laurent Hasson
  • 23-08-19

eh

voice recording didn't add much to any immersion and only helped me go through the book faster. the story isn't really my type but the imagery is very detailed and vivid throughout.

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  • Jeremy
  • 11-08-23

A great sequel to All Quite On The Western Front.

This book follows the characters from the battlefields of France to the turmoil at home. if you liked the first book this one is worth the read!

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  • Greg Strader
  • 14-02-23

A weary view from a solders returning back home

A must read for anyone that loves classic novels that are a true test of time

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  • Kaysee
  • 27-01-23

Great addition to the previous book

I really enjoy this author use of words and description of events.
This book isn't fully like the first one, but the aftermath of war and the road home again.
It gives a glimpse of PTSD, family life adjustment, and struggles for rights as a vet.

I really enjoyed the performance and overall story.

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  • Gary Pforr
  • 10-01-23

Brilliantly Written Tale of Post War Tragedy

While the setting of the story was during very dark times in Germany at the end of WWI, the author's writing style was both poetic and compelling. As a veteran of the trenches. Remarque remarkably described and explained the total and permanent deterioration of the psyche of the story's characters. As a war veteran, his writing helped me to better understand the unfortunate rift that still exists between many veterans and non-veterans. Lastly, as a follow-up to his earlier and better known novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front', Remarque again presents compelling evidence as why there is absolutely nothing redeeming about war. Regrettably, mankind will likely never set the final nail into that coffin. In regard to narration, I initially felt that Graham Halstead's voice and reading style were inappropriate for this particular novel. But his clear annunciation and reading pace quickly grew on me and contributed greatly to the impact the writer hoped to convey.

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  • Daniel Wilcox
  • 24-08-22

Tragic, , brutal realism, sequel to All Quiet

The sorrowful recounting of German soldiers coming home at the end of the Great War. Brief vivid stark stories showing they have lost not only a million dead comrades, but all hope, idealism, and civilized behavior, how the war has brutalized them, made them cynical, and lost.

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  • James P Gagliardi DDS
  • 29-05-22

underated

I don't know why more ppl don't know about this book compared to the previous one.

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  • J
  • 13-11-21

Great listen. Great book

This book picks up where All Quiet leaves off. It's a sad and touching account of a group of young German men upon returning home after the war.

Same beautiful and stark language as AQOTWF, but not quite the epic that novel is.

Still a worthwhile listen. Leaves your with a sense of both hope and despair in humanity

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