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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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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.

55 of 64 people found this review helpful

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Trite, formulaic. story with overwrought narration

Despite the trendy World War I and II context, this novel lacks true historical detail and perspective. The story about women spies in World War I is predictable and yet unbelievably violent with gruesome detailed torture scenes . The dialogue is full of cliches as the oh so feisty American heroine Charly defies her traditional family to find her beloved cousin who disappeared in the second World War. "The blue Lagonda (Bentley) purred like a kitten and drove like a dream". The breathy, excitable narration compounded the writing flaws. I finished the audio book only because I had paid for it and had nothing else to listen to on a road trip.

36 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Jane Austin meets Jason Bourne

Narration was excellent. Was able to distinguish the nuance between characters without going over the top to exaggerate any accents.
Story was good enough to keep the interest through to the end. Good descriptions of the scene to lead you to picture events without going sideways trying to thesaurus you to death.
I thought it was a spy novel, like a less violent Jason Bourne or possible detective recounting an unsolved mystery of an old war. It intertwines new mysteries of an old spy and a new girls hunt for old answers, however a little more romance scattered through-out then I anticipated.

35 of 42 people found this review helpful

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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.

34 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Started out well, degenerated into sentimental emotionalism

Chick lit masquerading as a spy thriller. Overly emotional, cliched writing. Charlie became really annoying as the book progressed.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

70 of 92 people found this review helpful

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Great Story of Spies and Survival

'The Alice Network' was fantastic! I couldn't stop listening. The characters are well developed and interesting. The story line is intriguing and kept my interest from the first sentence to the last. Intertwined with a bit of romance the story line becomes even more interesting. While reading you learn about the human perils of war and spies during those wars and how war affects even the innocent. The narrator does a wonderful job and was well chosen for this book. I would highly recommend 'The Alice Network! whether you get a written or audible version!

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best book I've heard in a long time

wonderful kept me on my toes wanting more an more I fell in love with all the great tales that mixed together to make a plot that will take your breath at times make you want to scream with anger cry with joy an kill all at the same moment

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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!

26 of 34 people found this review helpful

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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.

27 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 07-07-17

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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  • Petra 🤗📚📓🖋📮
  • 07-22-17

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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  • Genny F
  • 12-15-17

Really good , give it a go

I loved this, such a fascinating story, and some of the characters are based on real people. History, women spies, interesting plot.

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  • Milliner
  • 11-04-17

didn't want it to end brilliant

didn't want it to end it was a brilliant story and it was read really well.

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  • George
  • 10-22-17

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
  • 08-02-17

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
  • 07-31-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-26-17

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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  • Tamara
  • 07-02-17

Interesting story to pass the time

Might have enjoyed the story more if I had chosen to read the book. First audible book with a "yank" narrator. Sadly not my preference. Purely a personal taste. The story kept me hooked despite the accents. Recommend the novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-17

Fantastic

Loved this book possibly one of the best i have listened to on Audible. Narrator was very good for the book quick and clear. And O lovely american accent not bland at all. Author painted a vivid picture... ready for the movie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful