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The Eight Audiobook

The Eight

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.
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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 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

What the Critics Say

"Even readers with no interest in chess will be swept up into this astonishing fantasy-adventure....destined to become a cult classic." (Publishers Weekly)

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    NIcole 03-03-13
    NIcole 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for Mystery and Complex Plot"
    Would you listen to The Eight again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mireille is my favorite for her rich descriptions and bold actions. She seems some what fearless and so smart at the same time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you need to take it is doses over time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny B South Jordan, Utah 01-17-13
    Jenny B South Jordan, Utah 01-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Thrilling Adventure!"

    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!

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    Jennifer Daniels 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A very good book to read with history and intrigue"

    I found the story to be very well written. I love the way the story starts out and then it comes full circle.

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    B.Covington 03-11-16
    B.Covington 03-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "great story!"

    intriguing story, stayed up all night to finish! I can't wait to read the squeal!

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    fairreviewer 10-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I thought it would never end."

    struggled to finish. very hard to follow the time line. lacked interest for me, but did learn a few things along the way.

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    Vimo 08-30-15
    Vimo 08-30-15 Member Since 2016

    I prefer listening to audiobooks more than music.

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    "Beginning and end - awesome; in-between: slow"
    Any additional comments?

    Quite something that I always keep looking for, lot of twists and revelations that make you go

    Whoaaaa!!!

    **************Contains spoilers*****************

    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.

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    Rachelle United States 04-30-15
    Rachelle United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"

    Over all it was a wonderful mix of adventure, developing and evolving characters, and suspense.
    I enjoyed it very much.

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    Alina Shulga 04-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If you love history, skip this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who is looking for romance and possibly thriller and not going to cringe every time some completely unrealistic twist comes on. Being of Eastern European origin with North African husband, there is so much under researched and unrealistic nonsence, that makes enjoying the book very difficult. Character are underdeveloped, plot is chaotic. Narrator actually did a good job with what she had.


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    Maria HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 01-21-15
    Maria HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A captivating mystery book"

    I greatly enjoyed listening to the book. The plot line and pace kept me "glued" to the audible app for hours. Even though it may not be historically precise I did not mind hearing all the well known names from the 18-19th century. I like mysteries and historical fiction. This book has exceeded my expectations!!

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    Raymond J. Wright HOLLISTON, MA United States 01-10-15
    Raymond J. Wright HOLLISTON, MA United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfection!"

    I absolutely love this book. Katherine Neville has created a masterpiece of epic proportions: Action, humor, intrigue, politics, mystical mysteries, science, romance, historical re-imagining and one hell of a good ride. This may the best book I have ever read (and listened to)!

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