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The Alice Network Audiobook

The Alice Network: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In an enthralling new historical novel from national best-selling author Kate Quinn, two women - a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 - are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

It's 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

It's 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

©2017 Kate Quinn (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    L.W. 06-08-17
    L.W. 06-08-17

    Say something about yourself!

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    "PAIR AMAZING STORY+AMAZING NARRATOR=A TRUE MASTERPIECE"

    I listen to so many disappointing books and/or narrators. When you find a jewel you are just amazed. This is a real author who knows how to write, truly you are pulled into this tale from the beginning , ride the wave as it swing you up and down but never lets you go. I do not enjoy stories in which our inhumanity to one another is so painfully brought to life. However this author does not leave you in despair. Thank you for that. Thank you for every bit of this great book.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 06-17-17
    Angie 06-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "interesting Stories"

    Interesting characters and story lines. The resistance, espionage and the women spies who saved many lives, along with a little love and a friendship story. Definitely a good read!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Dana Smith 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written, beautifully read."

    5 unequivocal stars. Loved the story. The characters were extremely complex and the back and forth between WWI and post WWII was seamless. Narrator was perfect. Highly recommend this book.

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    lili kopala 07-12-17
    lili kopala 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Agonizingly repetitive"

    Although the story held promise, serious editing was necessary. At certain points I was prepared to delete the novel. However I chose to press on knowing that I could provide a review. With this information, Future readers can decide whether they dare begin listening. The reader was excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara B. 06-12-17
    Tamara B. 06-12-17
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    "Outstanding and mesmerizing"
    If you could sum up The Alice Network in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding, mesmerizing and amazing


    What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Saskia Maarleveld, did an AMAZING job with the characters and their accents. The character’s personalities and the story itself truly came to life with Maarleveld’s performance and took this already great story to another level of grandness that was unsurpassed.


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding and mesmerizing are the two words that first came to mind as I finished The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. This story is wonderfully written with deep, rich and complex characters. With great details along with solid writing, Ms. Quinn expertly brought this amazing story to life. This story kept me deeply engrossed with thrilling suspense, intriguing espionage and heartbreaking moments. I’m normally not a fan of historical fiction of this time period (specifically WWI and WW2), but I could not put this book down for a second. <br/><br/>Overall, this was an amazing story that truly is a must read for any fan of historical fiction and one that I would highly recommend.<br/>

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Henwhisperer NW Vermont 07-14-17
    Henwhisperer NW Vermont 07-14-17 Member Since 2016

    65 year old serial entrepreneur living in the wilds of NW Vermont on a small holding. Have a horse and 3 dogs, some laying hens too.

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    "Such great potential ruined by nearly graphic sex"
    What did you like best about The Alice Network? What did you like least?

    I loved Eve's story the best. Charlie's story was so-so, but she was a spoiled brat to start with.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Quinn? Why or why not?

    Unsure if I will. There isn't any need for anything other than some implied sex. The sex scenes in this weren't as graphic as in Sand and Ash, but pretty close.


    Was The Alice Network worth the listening time?

    Yes it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to see some kind of rating system where sexual content is advised.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Patty 07-11-17
    Patty 07-11-17
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    "Great read"

    This is one of those books that engaged me right out of the gate.
    Narration had nice accents that didn't distract from the dialogue.

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    Ursula A. Corey 07-03-17

    Ursula

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    "worth it"

    so well written and performed flawlessly. Looking forward to authors next WW1-2 novel.
    Thank you.

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    Mary Ross 06-21-17
    Mary Ross 06-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome book! way better than I expected."

    the story was very exciting, the characters well developed. the audio version was very well preform.

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    Carolann 06-11-17
    Carolann 06-11-17

    Freelance writer looking for inspiration and escape in witty tales and perplexing mysteries

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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    I listened to this book straight through. What bravery these women had to have had! Although the book is a work of fiction the fact that The Alice Network actually operated during WW2 is intriguing. I would not be surprised to see a movie come out of this novel.

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    6/26/17
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    "Gripping from start to finish!!!"

    Best book I've read in years , had me hooked from start to finish! Thought Kate Quinn's Empress series was good but this is better!

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  • David
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    "An historical eye opener"

    The Alice Network prompted me to look in to the World War 1 spy network, until I listened to the story I would have said the first female agents were those if SOE during world War 2.
    I enjoyed the story and it kept me hooked till the end. There is heartbreak and stomach churning accounts in the text and the story is an interesting, informative one that will keep you engaged.
    I found the characters from the First World War far more engaging and believable, I liked them and cared about their fate the most. They were well written and rounded.
    I found the post World War Two timeline lacking in comparison. The narrator's accent for Charlie grated and got on my nerves which may have added to my apathy for the character. Finn was the dependable dream man and at times it was a bit Mills and Boon. Charlie's life was the most sheltered off all the characters however in an era of depression, world wars, loss and personal tragedy she was too modern in my opinion. She seemed to have come from a totally different era and for some reason I can't quite put my finger on I cared less about her. The redeeming feature of that story line was that you do become drawn in and invested in finding out what had happened to her missing cousin. If it had not been for that Eve, Lilli and Violette could have happily had the book to themselves and in my opinion it wouldn't have been any poorer for it.
    I am not sure that I would listen to the story again but I did enjoy it.

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