The south of France, 1790: Mireille de Rémy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortress-like 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.
And there's more to the story! Don't miss the sequel, The Fire.
©1988 Katherine Neville; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Even readers with no interest in chess will be swept up into this astonishing fantasy-adventure....destined to become a cult classic." (Publishers Weekly)
I prefer listening to audiobooks more than music.
Quite something that I always keep looking for, lot of twists and revelations that make you go
The beginning was really good, it almost made me give 5 stars until I reached the point after Valentine's death, where it started the tales of other historically prominent characters being interested in the Montglane chess service.
I've never been appreciative about switching back and forth between past and present, but this one wasn't that confusing since the characters in both the time spans were entirely different (18 and 20th century) which also meant narrator reading it in different accents (French and English).
Up to 40% of the book, I was very much interested but soon after Valentine's death as I mentioned before, it got very slow and to be frank it felt too long. There is certainly a low point in the book but once you get through it, it again becomes interesting, its worth reading.
Even until the last couple of pages, I was like "What just happened :-o"
Although I was a little unconvinced with the revelation of Mini being Mireille and her living for 200 years at the end, but who cares I had fun reading. I still feel this book could have been a lot shorter without the involvement of prominent historical personalities. Having said that, I also agree that literary work is not my cup of tea, I'm not capable of reading it.
The narrator was excellent with quite a lot of variations in the narration for each character and accents so accurate, as far as I think.
Great plot, great story, interesting puzzles, yet I'd need to gather a lot of time and courage to read such a huge book next time. I'd prefer listening+reading I guess.
I guess I was expecting more of a good historical history, and what I got was a harlequin romance. Characters were one dimensional, and the plot was not well thought out and too twisted and irrational to be enjoyable. It was somewhat tolerable (even though the author threw in every historical figure she could think of, whether it made sense or not) until the plot got to the 'tongues intertwining' when I knew I'd really been duped into a big waste of time. We also get the inclusion of the "philosopher's stone" which really capped it off for me - it was almost like the author decided to include every hackneyed plot device possible, and ended up with a mishmash that I really wish I hadn't downloaded. Susan Denaker did do a good job with what she had to work with, however.
I would listen to The Eight again, probably to pick up on things that I did not get the first time. The plot is very complex and cross generational, so it does care concentration to really follow along. I would recommend this to someone who want to dig deep into a book. Not for someone that is just looking for entertainment.
Mireille is my favorite for her rich descriptions and bold actions. She seems some what fearless and so smart at the same time.
No, you need to take it is doses over time.
I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it action packed, but the characters were well developed, and the structure was perfect. The plot was so creative and I love that it spanned both the globe and centuries. The use of historical figures and events was great! I'll be recommending this book to friends, for sure!
Didn't Grab me, entertain. Maybe I'm getting picky but there is so much better out there and I'm not wasting anymore time on it.
I have the physical book and it's taken me years to read it I couldn't get past and parts it was so heartbreaking but I I'm glad that I caught it on audio to have the story told to me was even better than I imagined and I regret not reading it a long time ago this is one of my favorite books now
Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ
loved the intricate weaving of historic tapestry of science, not spoiled by time passed since author penned the very personal ethical dilemma that a moral scientist must undergo.
A clear plan for the book.
No terrible given what had to work with.
Half to two-thirds of the content.
Every popular historical figure that you can haul out? Really? Not a credit to the genre.
There is quite a bit of suspense in this story, but the huge amount of characters need full attention. The overdone accents used in most of the reading make it doubly difficult to listen to and keep up with.
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