I love this book and have listened to it multiple times. I find it to be so creative and such a great idea and O'Malley clearly has a wonderful imagination. my only complaint is that he uses the word "dubious' too much, but maybe it only sticks out to me because I've listened to it several times.
Susan Duerdan is a great narrator, her voice is perfect and I hope she'll be narrating Stiletto, which is the next book coming out soon!
Written by an OSU Medievalist
Susan Duerden's performance is impeccable. Her range of voices is impressive!
I think one great indicator of quality is whether give the chance you would listen again. I have listened to this story three times and counting. The voice acting is really good especially for a read that covers this many hours. I like the concept, the characters, and the pro and antagonists.
the reader was so perfect for the main character and the slightly different voices for each character were also done well the book itself was very good the only issue I had was that there where lots of names of characters that while being important didn't have much screen time there for it was hard to Remerbere each person and there powers
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
If you don't know anything about The Rook, I suggest you stop reading reviews and just listen to it (or read the print version- both are great). This is how I first encountered it a couple years ago. My wife had purchased it it on her kindle and I had forgotten to bring something to read on a beach day. I skimmed through the titles she had downloaded and randomly selected this one and started reading.
That turned out to be a fantastic decision, and going into the book without any foreknowledge was the exact best way to read it. That's probably true for most stories, but with The Rook it's especially true - you'll know what I mean after just a few pages (or minutes).
If you've already been researching it a bit and have the gist... well, it's still a great book and I still highly recommend it. The story is great, the world is varied and interesting, and the characters, both good and bad, are very well written.
Many books like jump back & forth between the current events unfolding and the background/backstory that led to them. If done well, it can be really good, keeping you interested in the action, while learning more about the characters and growing to like them along the way. In many cases, the switching is kind of artificial and without specific reason. One great thing about The Rook is that the switching is very much part of the story itself and you are not the only one learning the backstory as you go. (I think the movie The Prestige, with its diary-in-a-diary format, was another great example of this)
I've read through a bunch of reviews and the biggest complaint seems to be the narration. I personally like it quite a bit. I think her dramatic tone does a great job of matching the pacing and suspense of the story itself. Listen to the audio sample and you should have a good idea of whether it's going to be an issue. (note that the audio sample is not quite the start of the book, but it's only a very short way into it)
Anyway, if you made it this far, what are you waiting for?! Just download it, you won't be disappointed! The Rook is the book I bring up any time I'm talking to someone new about what I've read & liked lately (and "lately" is getting less and less true, but I still keep recommending it).
Really picked up by the middle and was a fun listen. Didn't love the reader, but she, too, grew on me by the end.
Mr. O'Malley offers a refreshing take on monster hunting. This tale could be dismissed as a British "Men in Black" ripoff, but it's far more inventive and witty. My only complaint is that the payoff (finding out the identity of someone who is hinted at throughout the book) was a bit anti-climatic. Still, the book was immensely enjoyable, and I look forward to more adventures with Myfanwy.