The Gameshouse : Gameshouse

  • by Claire North
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • Series: Gameshouse
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Claire North comes an audio exclusive. For the first time, all three novellas have been released as one edition, set in the ingenious and thrilling world of the Gameshouse.
Novella one: The Serpent. In 17th-century Venice exists a mysterious establishment known only as the Gameshouse. There, fortunes are made and fortunes are broken over games of chess, backgammon and every other game under the sun. But those whom fortune favours 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 a scale as big as the British Isles. Not everyone proves worthy of competing in the higher league. But one woman who is about to play may just exceed everyone's expectations.Though she must always remember: the higher the stakes, the more deadly the rules....
Novella two: The Thief. In 1930s Bangkok, one higher league player has just been challenged to a game of hide and seek. The board is all of Thailand - and the seeker will use any means possible to hunt down his quarry - be it police, government, strangers or even spies....
Novella three: The Master. The Gameshouse is an unusual institution. Many know it as the place where fortunes can be made and lost through games of chess, backgammon - every game under the sun. But a select few who are picked to compete in the higher league know that some games are played for higher stakes - those of politics and empires, of economics and kings...And now, the ultimate player is about to step forward.

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What the Critics Say

"Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling...one of the fiction highlights of the decade." (Judy Finnigan on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August)
"Beautiful and gripping." (Guardian on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August)

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Customer Reviews

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An excellent read, excellently read

I love Claire North's books and I love Peter Kenny's narration. If I was rich I would walk through the world and visit all the places brought out in this book, but as I'm not I feel enriched by the journey these two have taken me on.
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- Boledylocks

Riverting listen

What did you like most about The Gameshouse?

I enjoyed listening to all 3 books individually and how they intertwined with one another.


What did you like best about this story?

The character development - you felt like you were privy to the game, and the characters developed in a way that you only saw what was relevant to the game at that time


What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

I thought Peter Kenny was wonderful - he has a captivating voice and he made each character sound/feel different without being cheesy


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Its all just a game!


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- Sarah H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK