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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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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    George 22/10/2017
    George 22/10/2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/02/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "not worth the time spent on reading/listening"

    The Alice network would make a decent movie, even a good one if actors do their job well, but it's quite a bore of a book. It is predictable, it is full of clichés, and, honestly, it is overfilled with the word "whore".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Genny F Surrey 15/12/2017
    Genny F Surrey 15/12/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "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 04/11/2017
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    "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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    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.

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    carol 31/07/2017
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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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    "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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    Karen D 10/02/2018
    Karen D 10/02/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted it to go on and on. "

    Amazing story with characters you could easily relate to and care about. I want part two!

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  • Desteny Cox
    26/06/17
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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

    42 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    63 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Mathisen
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    08/07/17
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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!

    43 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • L.W.
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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.

    92 of 104 people found this review helpful
  • Santa Barbara shopper
    24/07/17
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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.

    140 of 165 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    24/08/17
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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.

    119 of 142 people found this review helpful
  • Henwhisperer
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    14/07/17
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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.

    121 of 149 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!

    32 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    dallas, TX, United States
    30/01/18
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    "Reads like a Hallmark Channel movie"
    Would you try another book from Kate Quinn and/or Saskia Maarleveld?

    No. I didn’t realize what I was getting. If you look at her other books and their covers you realize this is mostly trashy romance stuff.


    Did Saskia Maarleveld do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, her characters were good, but you couldn’t tell when she was speaking dialogue or just reading the person’s internal thoughts. Maybe that was just bad writing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tsuimei
    Minneapolis, MN
    27/01/18
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    "Audio book = Good accents and emotional weight"

    I struggled keeping track of the characters and dialogue whilst reading the book, but Saskia's performance made the story 500% better because of her mastery of accents. She imitates French, German, English. American. Scottish and all the characterizations in between those accents to differientiate one person from another. Each character's personality is felt and understood with emotional depth and realistic vocies, mannerisms, and tone that the book could not transmit to me. It was worth the download.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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