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  • The Alice Network

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  • Written by: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,857 ratings)

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The Alice Network

Written by: Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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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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I was really eager to read this book about the female spy network during the Wars...if only it hadn’t turned into a cheesy harlequin romance. Some parts were good, but I couldn’t get past the main character’s whininess. Couldn’t finish it.

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My Mother in law suggested it!

I have to say hands down this is one of the best stories I have listened to! Saskia Maarleveld is truly a gifted narrator. This story had me laughing and crying while walking my dog and I didn't want it to end! My mother in law suggested this book to me and I am so happy she did, I have recommended it to many of my friends as well. A good book should be shared with everyone! This story had me wanting more the entire time and moved along at just the right pace. Loved it! #Audible1

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5 stars isn't enough!!!

absolutely loved everything about this book and the narrator!! it will be tough to top.

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  • CLG
  • 2017-11-01

excellent

a real 'page' turner! such a great story line. kept me guessing from start to finish. loved it.

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The spy stuff is interesting for the most part

As a stutterer it’s always really weird to hear it portrayed in media. But the narrator does an amazing job of voicing the characters and you really feel the agony of not being able to say words. Oh and I guess the book is alright as well. It really loses steam at the end and Charlie is just. So. Irritating sometimes. If you’re a bored housewife looking for some semblance of excitement in your life I recommend listening to this book. Especially if you like random out of nowhere sex scenes and a romance that doesn’t quite make sense.

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My first Kate Quinn book!

Also I have never read a Spy Novel!!! Nor did I know about these Brave Women (& Men) that risked their lives for our freedom.
It was a very interesting book. If it wasn’t for my Bookclub I may never have considered reading it. Very interesting!

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RIVETING!

It is a good thing that this is an audiobook or I would have accomplished nothing until I finished the book. Many times I just stopped and listened because I had become so absorbed in the lives of the characters. I will be listening to this book again!

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  • 2020-01-03

Riveting

I finished this, redid the final 5 chapters the next day, and was unable to start another book the next. I got very tied up in the world created, and will read more by this author. Excellent reader as well. Now I will listen to a very short lecture called (I think) Lying. I am finding it hard to walk away from the characters.

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loved it

I found this book so endearing, heart wrenching and beautiful. A great take crossing generations, a must listen

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Historical spy story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story alternates between the voice of Eve, a former WWI spy, and Charlie, who is searching for her cousin Rose, a WWII spy, after the war has ended. (Charlie has some issues and complications of her own.) The two stories unfold and a connection is revealed. Unfortunately, we don't learn too much detail about Rose's experiences, but we do learn a lot about Eve's, and it's a fascinating tale. I understand Eve's character is loosely based on facts which made it more meaningful to me. I also appreciate that it is a (rare) story about the role of women who were directly involved in the world wars.

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