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4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Neville Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739354346
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Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years...In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful....

When two young women in France of 1790 discover the Montglane Chess Service in Montglane Abbey, their Abbess recognizes its mystic ability to provide anyone playing it with unlimited power and desperately scatter its pieces around the world. But in 1972, computer expert Catherine "Cat" Velis is hired to recover the chess pieces--and is caught up in a nefarious, globe-spanning conspiracy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With alchemical skill, Neville blends modern romance, historical fiction, and medieval mystery . . . and comes up with gold. People
  • Readers thrilled by The Da Vinci Code will relish the multi-layered secrets of The Eight. MATTHEW PEARL, author of The Dante Club
  • “A BIG, RICH, TWO-TIERED CONFECTION OF A NOVEL . . .
    A ROUSING, AMUSING GAME. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A fascinating piece of entertainment that manages to be both vibrant and cerebral . . . Few will find it resistible. Los Angeles Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emrys | 2/8/2014

    " This has long been one of my favorite books and I re-read it every few years. I just re-read it in anticipation of next reading the sequel, The Fire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Maggiacomo | 2/6/2014

    " I loved it the first time I read it. That was before I read more. I liked how it wove real history into the story and made it more believable- this chess set. However reading it again 2009 I felt it was a little unbelievable. Still it's a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 1/29/2014

    " Though maybe not the page turner it claimed to be, I did find it highly engaging. There appear to be sequels which I'm sure will be an interesting read, but I'm not in a rush to buy them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samie Foster | 1/15/2014

    " Ehhhhh, ....it was almost kind of sort of a good book. I'll have a review discussing how "meh" it was sometime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 1/3/2014

    " Prequel to The Fire. Perfect for reading in the hospital. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Ransome | 12/5/2013

    " One of my most recommended books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiane | 10/29/2013

    " For the lovers of chess, this book will be a great read. I loved how the characters are the peaces of the chess game and how they are manipulated. While trying to solve the mystery we get also the history of the chess, and how it is incorporated in today events. Great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J.M. | 10/22/2013

    " My best friend in high school insisted this was her favorite book of all time. I couldn't even get past the first chapter. Ugh! Thank goodness her other recommendations later were better (she was the first to turn me onto Harry Potter). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/27/2013

    " I love this book. Each time I read it (with a gap of a few years) I learn something new. And what an excellent thriller even if ur not into the maths and chess aspects of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nita Shaw | 3/20/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/22/2013

    " 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+ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oksanaland | 2/4/2013

    " Best Book I ever read...a historic page turner that will keep you entralled "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 philip | 11/20/2012

    " Good afternoon read, but nothing great. Easy read, relatively easy story, kinda weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 11/11/2012

    " it was okay. Hard to get through, took me a couple of years to actually read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Dorfman | 9/16/2012

    " When I want comfort I read Austen but when I want brain exercise I read Neville. This is a sophisticated and erudite experience not to be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus H | 5/26/2012

    " Really excellent book I read when younger, can't remember the details but it is a global adventure and mystery, likeable protagonist, want to read it again to see if it was as good as I remembered it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ophel | 11/7/2011

    " This is the best. More interesting than Dan Brown's books. The author is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Franz | 10/7/2011

    " This probably deserves more stars - it's well written, moves quickly, and has a relatively tight plot. It does get a little far-fetched, which doesn't work well with most of the story. That is why I didn't give it 4 stars. I would definitely read another book by Neville. "

  • 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.