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The Chess Machine - A Novel

Robert Lohr

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Description:

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, based on a true story, full of envy, lust, scandal, and deception.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Hoye

Length:

13h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:38


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

38:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

49:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

59:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

49:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

44:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:12:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:23:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

55:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

53:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:14:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

33:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:02:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:32