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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Bausch Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Italy, near Cassino. The terrible winter of 1944. A dismal icy rain, continuing unabated for days. Guided by a seventy-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain. And the old man’s indeterminate loyalties only add to the terror and confusion that engulf them on that mountain, where they are confronted with the horror of their own time—and then set upon by a sniper. 

Taut and propulsive—with its spare language, its punishing landscape, and the keenly drawn portraits of the three young soldiers at its center—Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, a brutal and unmistakably contemporary meditation on the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Embedded in a landscape at once bleak and beautiful, Peace, like other classic war stories, discloses in the sparest language the spiritual darkness of war.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Perfect…Bausch slips you so smoothly and unnervingly into the world of these young soldiers on patrol that you won’t quite know how you got there…His narrative moves like a cat on the hunt: supple and strong, without an ounce of energy wasted.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A spare and haunting meditation on the confusing and contradictory choices wars inflict on those who fight them.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “An abrupt and chilling act of violence opens Bauch’s eleventh novel, marking the beginning of a bleak but compelling meditation on the moral dimensions of warfare.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy Blue | 12/31/2013

    " Peace was not my typical genre of book. For me it was too tense the entire way through, so I didn't enjoy it. That's not to say that it wasn't well written, for it was. I read to escape, and this was more realism than I like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 12/16/2013

    " A brief but moving book about a US soldier in Italy at the end of WW II. Says more than any book I remember about war and ordinary people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shona | 10/20/2013

    " The plot centered on a small group of soldiers in Italy during WWII. They are told to go up a mountain on a reconaissance mission. It's snowing and brutally cold and they argue about whether or not to report an earlier shooting in which one of them kills a German soldier and a civilian. I thought the writing was excellent. It was almost difficult at times to continue as these soldiers go through so much - they struggle with the weather, with a sniper and their own internal struggles about what is morally right, especially in war. It's almost like you can't imagine them going back home and living ordinary lives after this experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara Naugle | 10/7/2013

    " A war story. I actually didn't make it to the end. It just wasnt my genre. Every once in a while I read something i wouldnt normally reach for. sometimes it works. Sometimes It doesnt. This time it didnt. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is the author of numerous novels and short story collections. He is a recipient of many awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He is currently professor of English at Chapman University in Orange, California.