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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Graves Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Jensen | 2/17/2014

    " Loved it. I love the tone of his writing--that dry, crackling wit. Granted, it would have been rather less confusing if I had a solid understanding of the differences in terms like battalion, regiment, platoon, company, division, etc. My personal military knowledge is rather lacking, so I was a little unclear exactly how many men were involved with each different grouping. And I was too lazy to look up each word as it appeared in the book, so it's my own darn fault. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " God I fucking love Robert Graves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Howard | 2/6/2014

    " Very nicely written, but he was a poet/writer anyway, so what do you expect? His details of army life with the Royal Welch Fussiliers during WWI was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, the middle chapters especially, but yawned a lot when he wrote about how he and his wife became ardent socialists but complained about how they didnt have enough to make ends meet after the war. Graves seemed like the kind of fellow you'd enjoy a cup of coffee or a pint of beer with one time, while on vacation, but he would bore you to death if you knew him on a daily basis. However, for an intellectual, he seemed to be one helluva soldier! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Darlington | 2/3/2014

    " It's one of those books where people say they couldn't put it down, that was absolutely true. I was riveted from start to finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/24/2014

    " I was a little disappointed by this book. Graves went through a lot of detail about his childhood, education, and his circle of poetry friends when all I really wanted to hear about was trench warfare/WWI. I never got a good sense of what he did in the war itself, other than ramblings about the different divisions of the British military. He would say things like "I was sent to comand so & so" but he didn't go into detail of what this actually entailed. All in all, the book didn't meet my expectations, but because it is considered a classic of WWI literature, I'm still glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2014

    " Perhaps one of the best first-hand accounts of the horrors of the First World War. It is even more poignant because Graves wit and humor don't abandon him, even after facing the slaughter, the incompetence of the "ruling class" of officers, and the loss of innocence that accompanies warfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve P | 12/27/2013

    " Poet and author Robert Graves' (I, Claudius) memoir of World War I. Excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Finch | 12/25/2013

    " I read this shortly after I read "Songbird" by Sebastian Faulkes as my dad recommended that I read some of the original literature from the first world war. I'm so glad I did. This man had an amazing life and it was full of surprises. Heartily recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/2/2013

    " An excellent work and one of the best first hand accounts of WWI? It starts a bit slow, but the bulk of the work involves the authors military service. Graves gives a glimpse into the experiences of soldiers during the ear and the postwar ramifications of service. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 10/10/2013

    " Brilliant! One of the best memoirs and social commentaries ever produced. A sobering account of the collapse of illusions of class, nationalism and, well, lots of things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/2/2013

    " It probably deserves 5 stars (the writing is outstanding), but from what I understand, he told some whoppers in this one. He didn't need to do that, and you can detect, under the surface, a bitter disdain. But I suppose he earned that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/12/2013

    " Brutal, intense, feels like it's written in anger and bitterness and so so so heartbreaking. Really does bring out how I think it would have been in WW1, with no frills, no poppies, no bugles calling from sad shires - just purely chilling and raw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Elliman | 11/2/2012

    " A scruffy collection of his early life. The First World War section is astonishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Elliott | 7/6/2012

    " Few people I have talked with have ever read much about the War. Which is too bad because many survivors have been prolific in shaping their post war nightmares into wonderful things... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rudolph | 5/2/2012

    " This book gives a pretty good perspective of the world more than a century ago. How much is true and how much is invented, not sure. Good story nonetheless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/30/2011

    " So well written and interesting. Everyone should read this book and I will read this again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 4/4/2011

    " This is a well-written autobiography that I am glad I read. Personally I felt there were parts of it that were too detailed and not interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rutger | 2/28/2011

    " Uitstekend geschreven, Graves weet de atmosfeer van de public schools en de loopgravenoorlog goed te vatten. Echt pakkend wordt het echter niet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/1/2011

    " Third time reading it, and it's still good, especially Graves' description of his time in the trenches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rael | 11/13/2010

    " harrowing in places as most writiongs on this subject are - famous names crop up as matter of fact "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/11/2010

    " So happy to have read this book...bookmarked so many pages to re-read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 9/20/2010

    " This is the essential book to read about World War One. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 8/13/2010

    " Very open and honest account of Robert Graves' early life, through WW1 and up until he leaves Britain. Excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/11/2010

    " Like the man said,"the quitessential memoir." Thank God that people like Graves and Wilfred Owen were around to give voice to those who went through this horrendous chapter of human history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/29/2010

    " It probably deserves 5 stars (the writing is outstanding), but from what I understand, he told some whoppers in this one. He didn't need to do that, and you can detect, under the surface, a bitter disdain. But I suppose he earned that. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Graves

Robert Graves (1895–1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.