• The Gameshouse

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (114 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The World Fantasy Award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August presents a mesmerizing tale of a gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires.

Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets....

It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost through chess, backgammon - every game under the sun. 

But those whom fortune favors may be invited to compete in the higher league...a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. It is a league where Capture the Castle involves real castles, where hide and seek takes place on the scale of a continent. 

Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all....

©2019 Claire North (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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PLAYERS, PIECES, PAWNS DON'T MATTER. IT'S THE GAME

I marvel of the story-telling artistry of Claire North (and Kate Griffin). There are few books I want to read (or listen to) twice, or more. This is one. She transcends the human perspective without descending into philosophic cliches or religiosity. She is truly a Master of The Game. I will not wait to read another of her books! Peter Kenny creates the spoken voices, accents and theatrical performance the writing deserves. Combined, they have created an audiobook masterwork. Bravo!

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It kept me listening, but...

...in the end, I felt like it was a waste of time. Not sure why it's listed in the SF section; there's no science whatsoever in these stories. Peter Kenny is great as always.

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The best boom I've listened to all year.

I purchased this book because I love Peter Kenny's narration. The story itself is one I couldn't wait to continue listening to.

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Unique

Really enjoyed the creativity and thought that went into this book. It’s nice to discover something different when so many are not!

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My new favorite author.

this is literally the third book I finished from her. and her stories are incredible. I can't recommend her enough. and let's not get started on the story teller. amazing all around. about to start a fourth.

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good.

not as good as harry August but so much better than 84k... like the narrator

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Great stories, left me wanting more

Another great book by Claire North and narrated by Peter Kenny. Each of the 3 books is both stand alone, and connected. Unlike some of North's other works, these stories jumped right in and were gripping from page 1. Great concept. North once again demonstrates that she is a brilliant author that created at a level beyond the typical author. Nothing she writes follows some long written path leaving you feeling like you read it before. Her work is unique and fresh. I will be reading all her works as she has shown she is worth reading. My only criticism was I had a little trouble catching on to the 3rd story - a few chapters. But then like the others, could not put down.

Peter Kenny - if I wrote a book and wanted it narrated, Peter Kenny would be my choice to read it. Brilliant voice and reading. I feel like Kenny could read the book "Good Night Moon" and make it gripping. Of all the books I have listened to, his voice is one of the easiest to listen to I have ever heard. I have already either downloaded or put in my wish list, several books he has narrated from other authors as well (every book from North/Kenny was already in my lists).

Treat yourself to this gem.