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After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing: Soldiers are abusing German prisoners, a nurse has been raped and murdered, and the sinister ideologue called the Peacemaker now threatens to undermine the peace, just as he did the war.

Matthew, the third Reavley sibling and an intelligence expert, suddenly arrives at the front with startling news: The Peacemaker's German counterpart has offered to go to England and expose his co-conspirator as a traitor. But with war still raging and prejudices inflamed, such a journey would be fraught with hazards, especially since the Peacemaker has secret informers everywhere, even on the battlefield.

For richness of plot, character, and feeling, We Shall Not Sleep is unmatched. Anne Perry's brilliantly orchestrated finale is a heartstopping tour de force, mesmerizing and totally satisfying.

Listen to another novel in Anne Perry's World War One series.
©2007 Anne Perry (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • GrandmaG
  • Kinnelon, NJ, United States
  • 09-29-13

Fantastic! Loved the entire series!!

I never liked History in school. Just boring facts to me. However, I am so glad I came upon this series by A.P. Now that I am an adult I can see the subject in a new light and this author has helped me to not only learn about this time in history, but enjoy it! Perhaps she will see fit to write a series about WW 2, with the same characters?? That would be great! You can read the synopsis to discover what the book and the series are about. I just wanted to say here that, for me, it is one of those series that you look back upon with fondness and there was a bit of sadness when it ended. For those who are interested, there are no "F-bombs", and no sexual situations.

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 09-17-11

The capstone to a great series...

I have truly loved all five "listens" of this very intruiging series! Very worth while!

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WWI finally ends thank god

I stuck to this book and all the others in the series because there is important historical content and Anne Perry writes well. However the endless philosophizing is wearing.

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Where does We Shall Not Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to each book in this 5 book series by Anne Perry at least 3 times. The series is so richly written that each time I listen I pick up on new details that add to the story. I know I will wait about a year and listen to all 5 books again. Do start with book #1 and read each book in order.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the priest. He is everything an Anglican clergyman should be...not lofty and above it all, but struggling to make his faith relevant in a world gone mad with war. Yet this is not a religious book, but a book of real people meeting real life disaster and in the end good triumphs over evil.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

I love the tenor and cadence of his voice. It is perfectly suited to this series.

Who was the most memorable character of We Shall Not Sleep and why?

The youngest sister because she manages to move from the world as it was before WWI into the new world and new opportunities that come to women because of the war. She exhibits courage, ingenuity, and steadfastness in the face of danger and deception.

Any additional comments?

This is the only book series I have listened to over and over again. I keep hoping Ms Perry will write a sequel that deals with WWII. She knows her subject well and so writes expertly and engagingly.

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  • Holly
  • EVANSTON, IL, USA
  • 04-13-10

A bit long

Felt this book kind of dragged on, repeating some of the same introspective scenes and dialogs from elsewhere in the series. Overall I think it was a good series, but could have been cut down to 4 books after removing redundancies and scenes that don't drive the book forward.

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