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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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    Reeda Levelland, TX, United States 08-28-17
    Reeda Levelland, TX, United States 08-28-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Phenomenal narration! 100 stars wouldn't be enough."

    The Alice Network is a good story made over the top great from the narration. My only complaint was the language. It was not needed to emphasis the story itself . Having the dialogue peppered with particularly foul words was like leaving dirty toilet paper in the floor. Otherwise it's a fantastic listen !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 08-24-17
    Sara 08-24-17
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    "Not Historic Fiction"

    This book wasn't for me. The narration was strange, breathy and overdone. The violence was too much. The overall feeling was that of a soap opera/romance novel and not a solid historic fiction title. Disappointing.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry 10-23-17
    Gerry 10-23-17
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    "oustanding"

    This book is beautifully written. Three disparate characters each have a tale to tell which moves seamlessly from present to past as well as from person to person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Desiree White 08-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "best book ever"

    one of the best books I've "read" in a long time! Not appropriate for young ears (language, violence, sex) but excellent story line.

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    Jean WYMORE, NE, United States 10-24-17
    Jean WYMORE, NE, United States 10-24-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    Loved this book! It’s a must read. Great job moving between the past and present.

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    SL 10-23-17
    SL 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent all the way thru."

    Fascinating story, excellent character development, lots of micro mysteries along the way, and a fantastic narrator, although all of the men sounded very similar,, like Littlefinger in Game of Thrones. Excellent book, highly recommend it!

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    Leslie 10-23-17
    Leslie 10-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Just gets better"

    This novel continues to improve to very end. I enjoyed every chapter. I highly recommend!

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    happy mimi 10-23-17
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    A combination of very unlikely characters that work. Along with exposing a part of history that is unknown to most. Has to have a sequel!

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    Karen 10-22-17
    Karen 10-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Another WWII story worth the read!"

    This novel had me from the beginning to the end. It shows how the most unlikely of people can come together and because of circumstances become family. The characters became real to me as the wonderful Irish, British and French accents wove this story together. Loved it.

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    Susan 10-21-17
    Susan 10-21-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    Use the credit you won't regret it - but expect some late nights. You won't be able to stop listening

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    "Melodramatic."

    Overly melodramatic silly fantasy , some semblance of reality is needed to keep any halfway intelligent reader interested , this was not written for the reader but for the author to live some sort of dream.

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  • Karen Croan
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    8/2/17
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    "Great"

    I loved this book, I particularly loved Lily's character & was thrilled to find out she really existed, & was as good IRL as she appeared here.
    The split between 1915 & 1947 worked well & Kate Quinn ensures we care about both main characters despite or even because of their flaws. It also didn't shy away from the realities for women under foreign rule & for female spies & the sacrifices they make. Would strongly recommend.

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  • carol
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    "excellent"

    I loved this book, it was a great story giving a small insight into woman involved in the resistance during the war.
    It was beautifully preformed.

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  • Petra 🤗📚📓🖋📮
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    "simply a wonderful book.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters were strong and because it is told in past and present tense we see both characters at the same age yet lived totally different lives. What linked them was the cruelty which was set out by the Germans linked them in the most unusual of ways yet both their stories had me gripped.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Eve Gardiner who narrated her own story of being a spy in war time France during the First and Second World War. Her bravery shone through yet her guilt which she carried from the First World War was slowly killing her, yet it took the friendship which was at the start grudgingly given by Charlie St Clair.. as Eve travelled through France employed by Charlie they did not realise they had one thing which connected them but it was going to take a long time before I found out what.. this is one story which had me gripped from the first word was spoken until the epilogue ... it truly is a five star read and listen..


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There was not one scene but the whole book was so well written I felt like I was an observer and this story was taken place in front of my eyes... the narrator was perfect and Saskia Maarleveld brought so much atmosphere and so much more to the storyline..


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    this is a story which needs to be told...


    Any additional comments?

    if you listen to one book this year make it this one

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  • David
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    7/7/17
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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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  • Amazon Customer
    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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