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Download We Shall Not Sleep: A World War One Novel #5 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille | 2/17/2014

    " Overall a good but not great historical fiction series about WW1 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/14/2014

    " She was really scraping the bottom of the barrel on the plot in this one. Not her best series, and this was the worst of the bunch...but I still like the story enough to give it a 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/2/2014

    " I gave this whole series four stars, a little begrudgingly. Characters were great and historical details were fascinating, and I really enjoyed those aspects. But the "mystery" was very weak in the whole series--lots of predictability and poor plot twists. The grand "reveal" at the end was a big let-down. I loved the characters and time period so much, though, it was still worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed this entire series but, as I find with most of Anne Perry's books, she drags things out just a bit too long in each book. I finally gave up before finishing the series because I just lost interest. I have the same problem with her Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. The characters are engaging and the setting is very interesting but the individual stories need to be tightened up. This may be a failing on my part and not the author's fault at all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 1/25/2014

    " Not one of her bests stories, but still compelling. Still like the thoughtfullness she brings to Joseph Reavly the chaplain who has faced hell during the war and continues to question his faith. That was some of the most compelling and true aspects of this story. Ended well as well. Tied all the stories and subplots up well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kateann | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this five-book series tremendously. It is well written, the characters are full and rich. Anne Perry doesn't shy away from the horror of war at the battlefield nor at the homefront. She takes on many of the problems that occurred during this time. I would highly recommend the series to anyone who likes historical fiction/mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2014

    " Just finished the final book (CD) in the 5 book series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the descriptions of the war were difficult to listen to. Fascinating history imbedded in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Chew | 1/11/2014

    " The author repeats her idealistic thinking so much in this series that she takes away lot from the profound goodness in those ideas. Even though I absolutely agree with her, after 5 books in a row I was totally ready to move on. However, overall well worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 1/5/2014

    " poignant and evocative, extraordinarily well done. thought-provoking and real, and obviously very well researched. A fitting conclusion to her WWI series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 1/2/2014

    " Someone recommended Anne Perry to me and I chose this book at random. Maybe my rating is to do with the fact that this book is the last one in a series. I never felt like I got to know the characters as well as I wanted to. It was easy to read but I found myself skimming which I usually don't do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elisabeth | 12/27/2013

    " Not the best she has written, I had to keep plugging along to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/27/2013

    " Good story. As usual she has written a good twisted tale. I even had trouble figuring out who did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/12/2013

    " Ah, I've at last come to the final book of Anne Perry's World War I series. We come to know who the Peacemaker is. We solve some concomittant horrific crimes close to the battlefield! Hate to say goodbye! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 12/12/2013

    " This is the last book in a series of novels about WW1. I haven't read the previously books and I am sure that this book would mean a lot more to me if I had, but it is still a great book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 12/10/2013

    " The final book in Perry's World War I series. And it wrapped things up wonderfully. Some of the details of the murder were a bit disturbing, but the war portrayls have been too. A good series to read to get one thinking about right and wrong, about what is worth fighting for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 9/22/2013

    " Sad to see the series end, but glad to finally have the battle against the Peacemaker resolved. This one did not grip me as much as some of the others. Still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 3/19/2013

    " I was sad to see this series end. I learned so much about WWI. The language in a spot or two surprised me, coming from Perry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/10/2013

    " Victorian Novel, but the background of WWI is very interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvachristenson | 8/8/2012

    " Last in a series of WWI spy/war stories. I enjoyed reading all of them. I learned a great deal about WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaelbatte | 5/22/2012

    " It's a shame there are only four to this WWI genre - they are so enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roni | 2/14/2012

    " WWI mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/13/2012

    " I love historical fiction. This is the last in a series spanning the years of WWI. Typical Perry in that it is a murder mystery, but also tackles deeper issues like human nature during combat and the aftermath of war. Sometimes too philosophical for my taste, but worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geneen | 1/16/2012

    " Overall, I enjoyed this series, but I feel like it ran out of steam at the end. I'm not sure why - maybe too many strings to tie up and it felt sort of rushed and pat. I certainly will still read Anne Perry books, it hasn't put me off! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginnyvette | 9/30/2011

    " The fifth in the series, set during WWI. It's a time period I'm finding fascinating. Loved the first one, which I read in London last fall, as well as the next three. This one final resolves the larger plot--thank goodness! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 8/7/2011

    " Slow and reflective at times, this is the final in her series of WWI books. More than the earlier volumes, it dwells on the cultural impacts of the war and changed class and sexual roles. The ultimate plot wrapup seemed a trifle hasty and offhand, but it covered the details adequately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/29/2011

    " I didn't think any of these books were very good and this was the worst. It seemed like she ran out of time and energy and just finished it up quick and lazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 6/20/2011

    " Okay, the series is ended. I liked it. This last book got a little fantastical in how it resolved the hunting of the Peachmaker, but I enjoyed the book. The first book 'No Graves Yet" is the starter. Go for it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merethe Ida | 12/15/2010

    " At the beginning I thought it was going to be a page turner - that it was going to involve reveallings of the great tragedies of WW1, but sadly it didn't. It didn't even manage to illustrate the life in the front.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 6/6/2010

    " The final book in this 5-book series, it was okay. The main theme, "what are we going back to when the war is over" is repeated over and over--as if there wasn't anything else to put in a book. Not nearly as good as #3 and 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvachristenson | 9/28/2009

    " Last in a series of WWI spy/war stories. I enjoyed reading all of them. I learned a great deal about WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 3/31/2009

    " The final book in Perry's World War I series. And it wrapped things up wonderfully. Some of the details of the murder were a bit disturbing, but the war portrayls have been too. A good series to read to get one thinking about right and wrong, about what is worth fighting for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/14/2009

    " This is the last book in a series of novels about WW1. I haven't read the previously books and I am sure that this book would mean a lot more to me if I had, but it is still a great book to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/28/2009

    " If you know nothing of WWI and think you don't want to know, start this series and read in order of publication. I think this is the second in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/20/2009

    " Book 5 of Perry's WWI saga. An interesting way to experience WWI, although by the end of this book, the "mystery arc" and "bad guy revealed" was anti-climatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/17/2008

    " I listened to this book not realizing it was the 5th in a series of 5 novels about a family and their service during WWI. The story was great, though the writing was a bit wordy at times. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.