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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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    "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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Croan Glasgow 02/08/2017
    Karen Croan Glasgow 02/08/2017

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol 31/07/2017
    carol 31/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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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 🤗📚📓🖋📮 22/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 07/07/2017
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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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  • Joseph
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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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Angie
    17/06/17
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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!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • L.W.
    Idabel, OK, United States
    08/06/17
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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.

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
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    "Don't Miss This!"

    This has been The. Best. Book. I have listened to since The Help. And it is better than that! The narration is pitch perfect, bringing to life the Scotsmen, the French, the Brits, Americans, even the Germans. A thrilling historically based spy story. Be sure you don't miss this one! Oh --it is beautifully written and crafted as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Henwhisperer
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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.

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Patty
    11/07/17
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • lili kopala
    12/07/17
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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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Dana Smith
    24/06/17
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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.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    27/07/17
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    "Great story ......."

    What a wonderful book. I look forward to reading other books by this author. The narrator was spectacular moving easily from one character to the next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ross
    21/06/17
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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