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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (581 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Lohr Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Based on a true story, The Chess Machine is the breathtaking historical adventure of a legendary invention that astounded all who crossed its path.

Vienna, 1770: Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen unveils a strange and amazing invention: the Mechanical Turk, a sensational and unbeatable chess-playing automaton. But what the Habsburg court hails as the greatest innovation of the century is really nothing more than a brilliant illusion. The chess machine is secretly operated from inside by the Italian dwarf Tibor, a God-fearing social outcast whose chess-playing abilities and diminutive size make him the perfect accomplice in this grand hoax.

Von Kempelen and his helpers tour his remarkable invention all around Europe to amaze and entertain the public, but despite many valiant attempts and close calls, no one is able to beat the extraordinary chess machine. The crowds all across Europe adore the Turk, and the success of Baron von Kempelen seems assured. But when a beautiful and seductive countess dies under mysterious circumstances in the presence of the automaton, the Mechanical Turk falls under a cloud of suspicion, and the machine and his inventor become the targets of espionage, persecution, and aristocratic intrigue.

What is the dark secret behind this automaton, and what strange powers does it hold? The Chess Machine is a daring and remarkable tale, full of envy, lust, scandal, and deception.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 2/13/2014

    " I must admit, I picked this book by its cover. I really liked the crazy characters. I found the whole book to be a bit trippy, but in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kati | 1/29/2014

    " Picked this up in a bargain bin for 5 bucks, and it's a good example of why I love bargain binning! Although half of what you find ends up being crap, the other half is like this book. Something I probably never would have known existed, or wouldn't have bought full price, and it turned out to be a really enjoyable read. I love historical fiction, and this book is about a place/time I'm not too familiar with... the Hapsburg empire during the late 1700s. About an invention, the "Mechanical Turk" that is a thinking machine that can play chess (turns out to be a hoax). Even more interesting b/c it's based on a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lissi Lu | 1/21/2014

    " An intriguing book based on a true story in the late 1700's of a man made machine that plays chess... Looking for a dark yet entertaining story, give this one a shot :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 1/16/2014

    " AWSOME! I loved this book. "

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