Thursday, March 28

Audiobook Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network
Author: Kate Quinn 
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Title: The Alice Network
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: Audiobook
Published: June 6th 2017 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

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.

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 matter where it leads.

I have had my eyes on this book for a long while. Finally got my hand's on it thanks to Audible. 

The story follows Eve and Charlie. Charlie is a young lass who has a problem that she is being forced to get rid of by her parents since she is unwed. However, Charlie has her own plans in mind. She is going to find her missing cousin. Her only hope is Eve who was a spy in WWI and is now old and angry and drunk. During their travels, we get to see Eve's young spy career as well. 

I love spies. Always have, always will. However, people forget that spies live a rough life and always living close to disaster. It is a rough time and I worried so much for Eve and her spy family. I will admit I liked this part of the story better. I did enjoy Charlie's but it took me a while to really warm up to that part. 

This really made me feel. Ooooo poor Eve! Poor Charlie! Poor Rose! Poor hot Scottish car guy (why am I blanking on his name). War is hell and did a hell of a number on these guys. I will admit I did tear up near the end there! Ooooo dear. Can't say why, but it broke my wee heart. Damn War!

Grr! That baddie made me shake my fists. He was evil but I loved hating him. 

This author really knows how to write a historical fiction! She really knows how to bring the past to life and make you care about these characters even when they are flawed and torn-up.

The narrator was amazing. Loved her voices. Her accents seemed amazing and she changed flawlessly. I feel like I have listened to her before? If not I must listen to more! She is great. 

I really had no issues. The beginning was a touch rocky, but once we got rocking and rolling, I was hooked. If you are looking for a good historical fiction, I recommend this one! I'll stamp it with 5 stars. 

2019 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
Book 6 of 16/25


Sophia Rose said...

Woohoo! I've got this one and need to get busy and read it. Love seeing your thoughts.

Carole Rae said...

Thanks Sophia! Yess! Check it out and I love when you come to visit! :)

Anachronist said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy as well!

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, poor Scottish car guy

Carole Rae said...

Ana, I think you would! Dark for sure

B, I love him!