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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Neville Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781415942734
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New York City, 1972–A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

The south of France, 1790–Mireille de Rémy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortresslike Montglane Abbey. With France aflame in revolution, the two girls burn to rebel against constricted convent life–and their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are pieces of the Montglane Chess Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever reassembles the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the two young women must scatter the pieces throughout the world....

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/15/2014

    " My absolute favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2014

    " One of my favorites of all time. I read and reread this book. I loved that you kept moving from century to century and the characters just came off the page! Wonderful!! A+ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Promitheas | 1/26/2014

    " It was a goodbook, interesting, and full of historical informations. Also we must remember that it was written before Da Vinci Code, and this is a sign of originality. A little bit boring at the middle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/24/2014

    " Bored to death. I can't. I just can't. The very idea of continuing further makes me groan. I have too many other books I'm longing to read to waste any more of my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Mcgarvey | 1/20/2014

    " great premise, but cliche ridden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 1/19/2014

    " Katherine Neville nailed it way before the DaVinci Code was even thought of! I've read it twice, and will most likely read it again and again. It's brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 1/18/2014

    " Not bad. I liked The DaVinci Code better--this book was very similar in theme. Still a fun read and I like the strong female protaganists. I probably will not read the sequel though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temmogen | 1/5/2014

    " If you like chess, grand world wide conspiracies, and historical figures, this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.E. | 1/2/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. Had that combination of elements I love - a mystical side, historical side, mystery, symbols that mean significant things... all that! I did not enjoy her more recent book nearly as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 12/11/2013

    " Took me a while to get into, but a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancye | 8/15/2013

    " An fascinating read following the trail of a 'alchemical' chessboard through two time lines. One is the story of a nun in the 1790s and the other is a chess player in the 1970s. Secret societies, mystical plots, mysterious people and good suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Muddyrhino | 6/20/2013

    " Boring. This is a novel that has all the feel of someone trying too hard to be crafty and incisive. Characters are for the most part boring and unoriginal. The pace is very slow. The ending ... ridiculous. I play chess pretty well and all the chess references were just plain silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Rose | 5/4/2013

    " Complex and very interesting read. Not normally in a genre I would choose, but well worth the time spent. A fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethe | 1/24/2013

    " when I originally read this book I really loved it, a grown up girl adventure, a female Indiana Jones. 20 years later it seems really dated, but still good. Didn't care much for the sequel "The Fire". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terisa | 8/27/2012

    " A bit difficult to get into, but once you are about in the middle it begins to make sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita Shaw | 3/27/2012

    " One of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Smith | 12/25/2011

    " Listened to this one on a long road trip. GREAT book and a great one for listening. Love the interweaving stories from past and present. Really well performed by the narrator, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Windy | 8/8/2011

    " A time slip novel plotting the story of a chess set said to have magical powers. The historical story set against the French Revolution looked like it was going to be a corker but the modern story was annoying and crass so I gave up on the whole thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/21/2011

    " Oooh, I read this one a while back and I don't recall many details but it was while I was in Hawaii so it must have been good. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lonesome | 7/6/2011

    " strange book very interesting storytelling and some awful cheesy writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Coffman | 6/26/2011

    " Katherine Neville is a fantastic Author. I have read all her books and enjoy them so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janel | 5/21/2011

    " I've read this book several times and always enjoy it, though never get the shiver down my spine as all is revealed like the first read. This book turned my husband into a reader at the tender age of 35 and he hasn't looked back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/19/2011

    " It is the best book i've ever read !!!!! <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/16/2011

    " Supercheese! My husband loves this book, and I love to tease him that it has all of his favorite things: chess, sailing, nuns, priests, European history, and woman programmers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 4/21/2011

    " This is combines some of my FAVORITE themes...1. time travel, 2. a mystery, 3. a chess game, 4. a love story. I think I've read this book at least 4 times. This is some of my favorite brain candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Several times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre | 4/16/2011

    " One of my most favorite books of all time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 4/11/2011

    " The Da Vinci code for grown ups. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/4/2011

    " Fascinating Historical Romance/Mystery. LOVED how so many famous figures/heroes/organizations from our past were linked together. Then, after you read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol...it is even more intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/3/2011

    " This was a great book. It was a little long, at 600 pages and I found myself skipping the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I did stay interested in the story and look forward to reading the next book. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.