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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: September 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Tom | 1/16/2014

    " AWSOME! I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/31/2013

    " A novelistic account of a true historical anecdote and the invention of the first chess playing machine, which of course was a fake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 12/13/2013

    " very well written, entertaining story, based in part on fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 11/18/2013

    " Well-done indeed! An exploration of the Enlightenment, relationship of man to his mechanical creations, faith vs reason, etc. Based on a true story about an 18th c. hoax which is sending me on to read the background material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy Defay | 10/28/2013

    " While this little story might not interest everyone, I really enjoyed it. It was based on a true story. I would give it 3 and a half stars if I could. It was well written and held my attention throughout. It was a slow, leisurely read that I could enjoy coming back to whenever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/20/2013

    " Intriguing historical premise and engaging storytelling even if the plot twists are somewhat predictable at times. Also, I probably would've enjoyed the book more if I actually knew how to play chess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2012

    " A fascinating little historic novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shannon | 10/4/2012

    " Very finely detailed and crafted, much like the automaton at the heart of it's story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/10/2012

    " Perfect evening-read fare: many strides ahead of other possible choices, but neither deep nor any real plot surprises. I was happy to get it from the library, and happy that someone would write a book about chess-playing automaton fakery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Kallio | 4/9/2012

    " The Chess Machine is a novelized retelling of one of the greatest hoaxes of all time. It is the story of Baron Wolfgang Von Kempelen's invention, The Turk, a chess playing automaton. It is an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 8/26/2011

    " Excellent roman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/24/2010

    " A compelling and interesting historical tale with layered characters and not an overwhelming amount of period description of clothes, buildings, etc. Fun! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley | 5/11/2010

    " Unfortuantely, I couldn't get involved in this book. It didn't grab my attention whatsoever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/10/2010

    " This book had more dwarf sex than I had anticipated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/8/2007

    " What a surprising story! I picked this up on an absolute whim at a used bookstore, had no expectations, and was rewarded with a great read. Superb characters, many plot twists. "

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