Angels in the Gloom

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anne Perry

Narrated By: Michael Page

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: August 2005

Duration: 11 hours 54 minutes

Summary:

Angels in the Gloom is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family - brothers Joseph and Matthew Reavley, and their sisters, Judith and Hannah. In March 1916, Joseph, a chaplain at the front, and Judith, an ambulance driver, are fighting not only the Germans but the bitter cold and the appalling casualties of the Battle of Somme. Scarcely less at risk, Matthew, an officer in England's Secret Intelligence Service, fights the war covertly from London. Only Hannah, living with her young children in the old family home in tranquil Cambridgeshire, seems safe. Appearances, however, are deceiving. By the time Joseph returns home, rumors of spies and traitors are rampant in Cambridgeshire. And when the body of a savagely murdered weapons scientist is discovered in a village byway, the fear that haunts the battlefields settles over the town - along with the shadow of the obsessed ideologue who murdered the four siblings' parents on the eve of the war. Once again, this icy, anonymous powerbroker, the Peacemaker, is plotting to kill. Perry's kaleidoscopic new novel illuminates an entire world, from the hell of the trenches to a London nightclub where a beautiful Irish spy plies her trade; from the sequestered laboratory where a weapon that can end the war is being perfected to the matchless glory of the English countryside in spring. Angels in the Gloom is a masterpiece, steeped in history and radiant with truth. It warms the heart even as it chills the blood.

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  • Anonymous

    Anne Perry writes a story that grips you with the first sentence. She's an absolute master of her craft. She brings the war almost too much to life. One thinks, "WWI, oh yes, that was 1916 wasn't it?" And Perry makes you realize that this was a horrible time when millions of real men and women were killed for no good reason. It's almost too much to have to think about what hideous deaths and injuries the soldiers received, what man can do to man. But these things really happened and it's done me good to be forced out of my comfortable zone and think about it. The people that died deserve to have me at least give them a thought. Sadly, we didn't learn from that war or any war since.

  • Bonnie

    I really enjoy Anne Perry's detective stories and the turn of the (19th) century setting. This was not as enjoyable as those and I really wouldn't recommend it. Perhaps an abridged version would be better - this was just too long.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely loved listening to this audio book - I will have to rent more of Anne Perry's books to listen to