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The Mystery of Alice

By: Lee Bacon
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4 out of 5 stars (16,444 ratings)

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Our favorite moments from The Mystery of Alice

I’m still wrapping my brain around what happened...
Remember that knock at the door?
I didn’t actually know Alice at all...
All of a sudden…nothing.
Alice is still gone.

  • The Mystery of Alice
  • I’m still wrapping my brain around what happened...
  • The Mystery of Alice
  • Remember that knock at the door?
  • The Mystery of Alice
  • I didn’t actually know Alice at all...
  • The Mystery of Alice
  • All of a sudden…nothing.
  • The Mystery of Alice
  • Alice is still gone.

About the Author

Lee Bacon is the author of several books for young people, including the Joshua Dread and Legendtopia series. His upcoming novel The Last Human is being developed as a major motion picture from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Sony Pictures. His books have been translated into 20 languages. After growing up in Texas, he lived in Munich and Brooklyn before moving to his current home in Maplewood, New Jersey. He shares a house with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

Photo by Grace Brown

About the Performer

Lauded as a prolific narrator by the Audiobook Publishers Association, Emily Bauer has a passion for truthful, honest storytelling and creating memorable characters across all genres. The recipient of multiple Golden Earphones, Listen-Up Awards, and Publishers Weekly Starred Reviews, Emily is also well-known for her animation work on shows such as Pokémon, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Wallykazam!, and has done hundreds of commercials and jingles. Emily has narrated more than 200 audiobooks including the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire, the Razorland series by Anne Aguirre, and Life As We Knew It, from the Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

About the Performer

Cassandra Lee Morris is an accomplished voice actor who has narrated more than 250 audiobooks and brought dozens of characters to life for animation and video games, including League of Legends, Fortnite, Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, DC Superhero Girls, and Hanazuki. Her audiobooks have received accolades such as an Odyssey Award, two Audie Awards, and Earphones Awards, and “Best of the Year” honors by Audiofile Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Performer

A native New Yorker, Bryan has over 25 years of experience in the voice-over world including audiobooks, commercials, and animation. Bryan enjoys bringing multiple characters to life with their own voices, no matter what the age, gender, or accent. He has narrated many young adult and children's books with many memorable characters, including James Patterson's Middle School series, Patterson and Chris Grabenstein's Treasure Hunters series, and Grabenstein's Welcome to Wonderland series. Bryan has narrated several books that have won the AudioFile Earphones Award, including This Book Is Not Good for You, This Isn't What It Looks Like, and Testimony. Bryan is also a writer and producer working on his first feature film, I Am Maurice.

Photograph by Maria Favara

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Surprisingly Enjoyable

While initially I was uncertain, I enjoyed the narrator's crisp, clear voice and kept going. I agree that it might really be better suited for a younger (tweens, teens) audience, but as I listened I forgot the ages of the main characters except when occasionally reminded of their youth. Frankly, most of the speech and sentence structure didn't sound like middle-school age children to me. I was drawn in and found myself plugging in to listen when I had a few extra minutes to spare. I will admit I did increase the narration speed a bit at one point.

119 of 126 people found this review helpful

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Interesting listen!

This book grabs you right in the beginning and pulls you in to hear a story that seems unreal. It gets a little stale in the middle, but picks right back up and has your full attention until the end. I recommend listening to this.

97 of 106 people found this review helpful

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couldn't stop listening

i anxiously waited to know how the story will end ! even if this wasn't really a true story .. it filled me with emotions of thrill and worries..
i just sank into the story as hours past by ..
trust me .. you will enjoy it .

96 of 105 people found this review helpful

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Different Sort of YA..No Love Triangle! YAY!

This story was ... different. The main character, Emily, was enjoyable. I loved her invention of new words. However, there were some times where I was thinking "you're 13, wtf are you doing?" But, I guess this is how kids today function? I was 13 in the '90s. A different time for sure. The only thing that distracted me was that she was supposed to be dictating through a "video diary" but she had to describe everything like we couldn't see it. I know, it's an audiobook, we can't see it. But it was still annoying. Great story overall. The twist at the end was soooo unexpected. Enjoyable narration by the cast. Their voices were great except that of Alice's. She sounded like she was 8 and not 13. Would listen again. I LOVED the mystery of the storyline. That was my favorite part of the entire story.

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Worth a freebie, not a credit

The book was silly and unbelievable, but entertaining enough to get me through some mundane chores. The plot was fun and intriguing, but the writing itself was often bad (so many "she was like" and "I was all" teen moments that felt very forced) and the narration was a bit over the top. Also, the whole story would have made much more sense if the characters were high school aged, not twelve or thirteen. At the same time, the writing was very juvenile. It was like Diet YA. I chose it as one of my free originals and I'm okay with that, but would have returned it if I had spent a credit.

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  • 06-04-19

Cruel Intentions X Scooby-Doo Cross Over

The ebook Mystery of Alice is a watered down version of Cruel Intentions with a dash of Scooby-Doo Mystery. The characters are one dimensional and the “plot twist” is obvious half way through the book. If you want to blow through 6 hours of your life, this is the story for you.

BONUS: I wasn’t able to find a summary of the book online, so I wrote one myself. (I’m not a professional writer, I tried my best, don’t @ me).

**SPOILER ALERT**

The story is told in a Video Diary fashion by Main character, Emily Poe. She, along with secondary character, Alice, pass an “escape room” type test sponsored by the Leopold Foundation, they both win a scholarship to the Private School Audyn. At the school they befriend a smart “techy” student named Nathan. We are then introduced to the central Antagonists, 4 popular kids (2 boys and 2 girls), referred to as “The Nobility.” They befriend Alice and she becomes the 5th member of their clique, she starts distancing herself from Emily and Nathan, no longer being their friend. Things take a strange turn and Alice starts to believe she is being followed, she then suddenly disappears.

At this point, The Nobility ask Emily to help them locate Alice. They believe Nathan having a strange obsession with Alice is the reason for her disappearance. This idea is reinforced when Nathan shows Emily, he was able to track Alice’s movement the night of her vanishing because a GPS weather app he created was downloaded on her smart phone. The following night, based on Nathan’s findings, she and The Nobility go to the building the escape room test was held by the Leopold Foundation. They find the building completely abandoned and no sign the foundation every existed.

Back at Audyn, Nathan informs Emily the Leopold Foundation is a lie, everything about the company is shrouded in secrecy. He then gives her a gift meant for Alice, a video device disguised as a Pendant that lives streams whatever the user is recording. Later that night, Emily finds Alice’s diary and it states on the night of her disappearance Nathan tells her she can hide in his cabin in the woods. Emily takes an uber to the cabin and wears Nathan’s pendant necklace. There she finds an unharmed Alice and The Nobility. Its reveal, out of boredom, The Nobility planned the whole charade, from setting up the Leopold Foundation, bribing Alice to befriend Emily, and leaving clues regarding her disappearance. They advise Emily they are going to pin the blame on Nathan and kill her for solving the mystery. However, Emily reveals she is wearing the video pendant and their confession is being live streamed to the police. As police sirens are heard in the distance, they attempted to drown Emily but is saved by Alice. The story concludes with The Nobility and Alice are on trial for the crime, Emily receiving a full scholarship to Audyn, and Alice apologizing to Emily for her actions.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Overall meh; climax disappointing

The story would have better fit if it had been set in a private high school rather than a middle school. At least then it’d be much more believable.
The mid part of the story was hard to get through and was focused too much on teenage drama. I almost stopped listening entirely.
The ending was good overall though the climax was disappointing. The story ended tying up most loose ends though no final conclusion to what happened to the antagonist(s), just a statement that sounds more like speculation rather than concrete fact.

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  • 05-07-19

Only ok

It had a good plot. But after a while I wanted to pull my hair out listening to the main character using the word “like” and other teen type slang. I understand it is narrated from a teenage perspective, however ruined a lot of the story for me.

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Good BUT...

The narration was good, and overall the story fit together well, however, I had a hard time with this being a bunch of middle school kids. Much more plausible if it were high school kids.

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Meh

For a free book it was entertaining enough.
I was curious to know how it would end which kept me listening but the story was lacking - unnecessary twists & turns without depth. I agree with the other reviewer that perhaps a teen would really enjoy this book. I must say that although the plot left much to be desired, the performance itself was well done.

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