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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erich Maria Remarque Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ravic is a German doctor and refugee living in Paris in 1939. Despite a law banning him from performing surgery, he has been treating some of the city’s most elite citizens for two years on the behalf of two less-than-skillful French physicians.

Forbidden to return to his own country and dodging the everyday dangers of jail and deportation, Ravic manages to hang on, all the while searching for the Nazi who tortured him back in Germany. And though he’s given up on the possibility of love, life has a curious way of taking a turn for the romantic, even during the worst of times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great writer…Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s amazing to hear a novel read in the tone of the era about which it was written—shadowy and haltingly, as if an enemy might be listening. Ralph Cosham illuminates Remarque’s masterpiece…He projects the sounds and the threats of the imminent war with his sophisticated reading. An excellent production.”


  • “Cosham’s reading is outstanding. His voice runs the full gamut of emotions as Ravic falls in love; faces life-and-death situations in the operating room, often repairing botched abortions; and contemplates the possibility of revenge for the torture he endured at the hands of the Gestapo.” 


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meg | 2/17/2014

    " well it was such a beautiful book.The way Remarque writes is unique,so fluid and moving. But i don't recommand it to people who don't like a realistic way of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria Marinas | 2/14/2014

    " EMR manages, once again, to deliver a superb, claustrophobic account of the subject. In this case, the year before the outbreak of WW2. An in-depth study of life in Paris at the time, focussing on the diversity of emigrants of the time and the diverse outcome in their lives. Coming from different backgrounds and going to different futures, they are all linked by the present situation. The main character is complete, deep and powerful. With a good dosage of black humour, I particularly enjoyed the stories immigrants of the hotel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lidia Linyucheva | 2/5/2014

    " One of the greatest books I've ever read. Harsh, tender and definitely moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 2/5/2014

    " Ravic, the superb surgeon, is also haunted by torture, and lives a life disconnected from emotion until he meets a woman, who brings him alive again. But emotion and caring result in his arrest and deportation because, you see, he is a German surgeon, a refugee (today he would be called an illegal alien) fleeing from oppression in his native Germany and only illegally performing surgeries in France. He is a man without a country or a home whose situation appears more and more hopeless since he has no "papers or visas". His fragility and vulnerability are clearly portrayed. He contemplates the meaning of life, and of love as almost an observer. The writing at these times is so poetic! Here is a talented refugee who must rely on so many to keep him alive. This was written about 1939 and it was published in 1945, so the author was writing about almost recent events. I think I am babbling because words almost fail me in describing the impact of reading this book. You live, breathe and are sucked into the atmosphere of 1939 Paris from the view of the least of its citizens. "

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About the Author
Author Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque (1898–1970) was born in Osnabrück, Germany, of French ancestry. He studied at the University of Münster but had to enlist in the German army at the age of eighteen. He fought on the Western Front and was wounded several times. He began his writing career as a journalist. Fame came with his first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), which sold more than a million copies in its first year. He left Germany in 1932 because of Nazism, came to the United States in 1939, and became a US citizen in 1947.