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Engaging and fast-paced, this gripping coming-of-age novel of chess, feminism, and addiction speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four.

Eight-year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. 

By the age of 16, she's competing for the US Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.

©2018 Walter Tevis (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Truly horrible narration

So glad this was a free selection or I’d be asking for a refund. I was looking forward to listening as I’d heard the show had good reviews. Silly me - I didn’t bother to listen to the sample track. I only got about 5 minutes in and had to turn it off due to the breathy, robotic narration. Save yourself the anguish - don’t purchase this.

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Horrible narrator

I've listened to a bit of this and know I won't be able to handle any more. The narrator is breathy and drawn out, it's truly unbearable. Unfortunate because I was really looking forward to it

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Awful narration

I was really excited to listen to this, but my god, the narration is unbearable. It sounds like a robot; so emotionless and bland. I can’t stand to listen to it.

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Real Narrator or Computer??

Whoa, this was a waste of space for a download. I now understand why they are giving it away for free this month. The Narrator sounds like an old computer reading system. There is no way I could listen to the entire book. Great Netflix series. Was excited for the book but no way could I listen to the narrator for this long. Save your money and data

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the narrator did their best but it wasn't enough

i really tried to give it a chance. i even skipped a few chapters to see if it gets better but i /cannot/ stay focused because of how monotonous and robotic the narrator is. i kept losing focus every 10 seconds lol (story's rating's based on the show)

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Disappointing

I’m sorry to the narrator but I just couldn’t listen. I was enjoying the Netflix series so thought I’d listen while I was driving but just can’t. Sounds like a robot is reading it.

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great story, ugly narration

I could say I loved the story, but hated the narration. I can see why this was Free to download

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Terrible Narration

Oh my goodness, the narrator is wooden, slow, cumbersome, and artificial sounding. Truly awful, I will not be able to listen to this book. I really need to remember to listen to the sample.

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Poor Narration

Might be a good story but couldn't listen to this narrator to find out. I should have listened to the sample before downloading it.

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This is a Masterpiece

I loved it 💘 I can't stop, listening to it! Congratulations to the writer ,Walter Tevis! The team from Audiobook..... You couldn't of done a better job!

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  • 2020-10-26

I can't listen to it.

I can't get through it. I can't listen to a breathy reader. too many drawn-out last words on every sentence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-28

Great book/ horrible narrator

Great book and story. However the narration is terrible. Very hard to listen to. Super slow speech with some characters and seems like shes mocking men and people from Kentucky. Very strange inflections and accents when the men speak. Plus all the accents are the same even tho they are suppose to be russian and mexican. I would reccomend reading it yourself and save your ears from the narrators terrible reading and voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-29

Awful Narrator

I cannot get passed how monotone the narrator is! I tried to listen on but could not.

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  • Debi Larson
  • 2020-10-31

Narrator ruins great story

Walter Tevis writes a great narrative but “readers” should stick to the written word. Amy Landon is a mediocre narrator but when attempting to do male voice it becomes comical and distracting.

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  • Aimee
  • 2020-10-31

Hard pass.

The narrator was breathy and flat. I had to increase the speed to 1.25 to make it bearable. The characters were poorly developed and none were likable. The story was plodding and pointless. The dialogue made me cringe and laugh out loud from its absurdity. I kept listening hoping there would be something redeemable based on all the good reviews. There wasn't.

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  • knvmxi
  • 2020-10-06

What a look into the game of chess!

Wow, this was like reading a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat when the main character was playing her games. I felt her triumphs and her pain through the games she played, the author was able to provide the a clear idea of the tactics and strategy, enough so that a non-chess expert could participate in the emotional tension he creates. The characters are complex and rich, the plot is remarkably well paced using chess games-not an easy feat.The activity and turmoil of the mind and the glimpse of the fugue state that Beth experiences create excitement and anticipation. The only other novel that I’ve enjoyed this much based on the game of chess is The Luhzin Defense-which again, recreates the drama of the mind pushed to its very limits and potential. Ultimately, through chess in these two novels, i am immersed in the drama of human experience from the particular lens that the game of chess gives. Loved this novel, it’s so good!!

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  • thawstone
  • 2019-06-30

Don't Need to be a Chess Fan

Walter Tevis' Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books. Though I listened to it many years ago, it haunts me to this day. This book was a leap of faith. I have no particular interest in chess, however I opted to trust reviewers who claimed it didn't matter. The reviewers were right. Somehow Tevis manages to make the matches riveting without the need to know exactly what's happening on the chess board. The tension is palpable throughout. Perhaps this is partly because the matches are largely about the clash of the personalities involved. Add to this the fascinating story of the protagonist's upbringing and the ever lurking shadow of the orphanage's method to maintain tranquility. I didn't notice any reviews by a chess enthusiast who might verify one way or the other: are the moves described the actual ones prescribed by the named techniques, i.e. the Queen's Gambit? Not that it mattered to me, I'm just curious.

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  • Bryan dwyre
  • 2020-10-28

Kinda rough

Narrator has the incorrect inflection. Sounds like they are fighting the natural pace of sentence ms.

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  • JAM
  • 2020-10-28

The Netflix Series is good

But I think I enjoyed listening to the novel more. Sparked me to get out our chess set and play during the pandemic, too.

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  • Andrea R. Greenwood
  • 2020-11-10

Just one complaint.

I loved the story but this readers makes all the male characters sound like Barney the Dinosaur.

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