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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ernst Junger Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum.

Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written. Out of the maelstrom of World War I emerge scenes which could have come straight from Dante's Inferno. Once you begin listening, you cannot stop. And it never relents: nerve pounding bombardments, agonizing gas attacks, sudden death that takes down a comrade next to you, and the occasional weeks of relief to restore the spirit when leave is granted to visit some attractive French village...all enveloped in the ghostly confusion of war.

Ultimately, survival comes down to sheer luck. Jünger displays no anger toward his enemies, and near the end he grows fatalistic and weary, even as he redoubles his resolve and maintains his patriotism. Jünger's great book calmly conveys the mysterious attraction of war, the exhilaration of battle, and the undeniable glory of brave men. But he also describes the scenes of soldiers preparing for battle as though they were some terrible, silent ceremonial that portends human sacrifice.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elg | 2/9/2014

    " Brilliant. If you're going to read this books do as me, i was reading and following mentioned places on google earth. Took me almost one year to complete the reading but it worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 2/8/2014

    " Wounded 14 times in the four years of WWI, German soldier Junger's memoir records the shuffling about of willing human pawns in the chaotic, insane and deathly game of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pieter | 1/13/2014

    " Heel realistische, bijna verheerlijkende beschrijving van een jonge Duitse soldaat tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/8/2014

    " Junger is a trooper, but my favorite parts of the book were the funny moments: when he goes to the hospital bed and is so, so excited to read Tristram Shandy, when he gets shot and is all like, hey, I feel kinda sublimely happy now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 1/3/2014

    " a vivid, oftentimes gruesome account of war and its toll on the mind "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martina | 12/29/2013

    " geschafft: atemberaubend, erschreckend, beklemmend, schnell, laut, stinkend, nah, brutal, dicht.......sprachlos, wortgewaltig "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 11/16/2013

    " First person account via diaries and letters of life in the trenches from The Marne to The Somme III... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Dean | 11/5/2013

    " This is one of the best WW1 memoirs I have read. The author describes in detail both the glory as well as the horrors of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 hay man | 10/25/2013

    " pretty cool. good job possible advocate of 'non-Nazi German fascism' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 2/26/2013

    " Amazing story of a combat infantry soldier during WW1. Also gives insight into the European thinking of that period and why it lead to 2 World Wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/27/2012

    " World War I was such a horrible awful thing. Reading it from the German perspective was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Malcolm | 9/16/2012

    " Relentless. Almost as good as the Forgotten Soldier, and that is saying something. Reading this I am astonished that anyone survived WWI at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh McLemore | 9/23/2011

    " Well written book by a German soldier who served in the first world war, later serving in the second as well, but it certainly isn't the most historically accurate book on WWI. Definitely has some fabrications, otherwise I would've liked it a lot more, nevertheless this is still a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Evans | 6/23/2011

    " Maybe the best war book I have ever read. This isn't fiction and the fact that it's fact takes it to a higher level. 6 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 4/5/2011

    " Here's the opposite of Graves. A German soldier in WWI who, like many in his country at the time, enthusiastically joined the war and doggedly saw it through with some patriotism. Does it glamorize? Sometimes. But it also shows the brutality of the war. Keep an open mind and be patient with it. "

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