Love this book! Love the narration - her accents and voice for different characters is fantastic. I love urban fantasy and this book has an interesting take on the supernatural. THe mystery and the premise of the book will keep you entertained. Highly recommend.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
The Rook ranks at the top of the audiobooks I've purchased in 2012. I found it fresh, fun, and unexpected. Sort of a men-in-black with supernatural creatures instead of aliens.
You wake up not knowing a thing about yourself. Stick you hands in your pockets and pull out a letter addressed to yourself. "Hi, You're Me. By the way. I knew this was going to happen and I made plans." ~Yourself.
The Rook is not your typical sci-fi, fantasy, who done it mystery. It does a good job at explaining the world of the Checquy and the world in which it resides. It also leaves you with a sense of "I wonder what they don't know about." Without giving away too much. things are not explained only because ... well they can't be. ... yet. They just are and humans haven't been able to figure out the particulars.
A great change from most of the books I've read and listened too. I picked up the audio book on a whim. I just read the blurb, and a few of the comments. Susan Durden did a great job and was most entertaining when voicing reactions to, slime, spores and a Mallard? The Fowl is by far one of the greatest point of the book. It was well worth the credit and well worth full price.I hope Daniel O'Malley continues to write about the Checguy. I will pick it up in a heartbeat.
If you can stand to listen to this woman the story is very good. But the narrator is so sing-song & ends every sentence with an upward inflection. Almost like a British valley girl.
The narrator ends every sentence as if it a question. There's no period, just a comma.
The Rook has a fun story line with a plot that moves along, is exciting, and not always predictable.
Loved it overall, I found it to be entertainingly funny and suspenseful. The characters were intriguing and I wanted more. It should be a series.
"Rook" is such an original story. It takes amnesia and coming of age tropes and makes them exciting as the reader and the main character try to understand what is going on in this crazy book-world. I didn't want to stop listening and Susan Duerdan is a great narrator. Highly recommended.
The premise of this book wasn't bad, girl wakes up surrounded by dead bodies and finds notes from her pre-amnesiac self in all her clothes pockets explaining her background and how she has certain powers, is a high level administrator for a secret group that protects Britain from harmful supernatural beings. The problem is that it drags on and on...additional twists that keep her from finding out who is trying to harm her just seem to be thrown in for no apparent reason. If I hadn't been stuck in the car on a 16 hour road trip with nothing else to do I would have deleted this loser after an hour. However, we did arrive home safely despite the stupid story. At half the length, I might have hated it half as much. As it is, by the end I didn't care about any of the characters at all and if they had suddenly burst into flames I would have burst into applause.
Duerden does the character voice change acceptably, but her sing-song rhythm is so annoying it made me want to scream. She never varied her cadence, and you could set a metranome to her sentences.
This novel was great fun! If you're looking for a fast paced, supernatural mystery that will constantly leave you giggling with deadpan joke delivery, this fits the bill marvelously. I can't wait for more from O'Malley!