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  • Written by: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,729 ratings)

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The Rose Code

Written by: Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
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“The hidden history of Bletchley Park has been waiting for a master storyteller like Kate Quinn to bring it to life. The Rose Code effortlessly evokes the frantic, nervy, exuberant world of the Enigma codebreakers through the eyes of three extraordinary women who work in tireless secrecy to defeat the Nazis. Quinn’s meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel.” (Beatriz Williams, New York Times best-selling author of Her Last Flight)

The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

The year 1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything - beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses - but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious, self-made Mab, product of East End London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

The year 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter - the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger - and their true enemy - closer....

©2021 Kate Quinn (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of the best Audible titles I have listened to!

I chose The Rose Code because I thoroughly enjoyed The Alice Network and The Huntress and I was not disappointed! I was intrigued with the glimpse into Bletchley Park and thought the characters were interesting and well developed. The narrator was very good. The story drew me in and although I was not surprised at the outcome, it was a wonderful ride!

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Excellent!

Fascinating interweaving of fact and fiction. One quibble - Keswick in the Lake District is pronounced “Kesick” with a silent “w” (like Warwick). The mispronunciation was distracting (and annoyingly puzzling) but other than that the voice work was really impressive. Definitely worth reading. Five stars all round.

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn’t want it to end, yet I couldn’t wait to hear the ending. The audible cast was excellent. I highly recommend it. It’s possibly my new favourite book. Thank you Kate for this incredible story that you told so well.

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Wonderful Book!

This is the best book I have read in ages! Whilst listening sadly Prince Phillip passed away. The story and characters were so interesting. I hope to visit Bletchley in the future when we can travel again. The reading was excellent.

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What a wonderful book!

I absolutely loved loved loved this audiobook! Utterly satisfying, beginning to end. The narration is outstanding. I'm so glad I chose it; it'll be a tough act to follow!

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Great story

Every bit as intriguing as the Alice Network. Performance was outstanding. Nice journey into history.

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An epic and heroic "herstory"

Character is the most important element for me in a novel, and I was completely caught up and entranced by these three unique women. The narration truly enhanced the audio experience of each woman's individual personality. Secondary characters were also well-drawn and provided significant additional interest as the supporting cast. I particularly enjoyed the story's unpredictability and was actually sorry when this exceptional book concluded. I was pleasantly surprised, intrigued and gratified by what was revealed in the book's epilogue.

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Excellent

I’ve listened to a lot of books on audible, this is the best book I’ve listened to so far. Kate Quinn, you are an amazing writer.

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Together this author and narrator are amazing

I don't care what the book is about if these two are involved I am going to listen! As it was I loved the book, loved the women in the book and the courage and fortitude of the characters made me want to meet them!

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Excellent story

An excellent story. Definitely worth a listen or read. The story was well written and the performance was enjoyable

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