"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!
Fun, Exciting, New
A mix of Sci Fi and Crime Drama. Very entertaining and enjoyable. Can't wait for another book from this author.
It was a fluid and entertaining story with good doses of humor and a creative setting
interesting concept about how a different individual can emerge out of a total memory loss situation.
can you become a different person after losing your memory?
Great book, and great entertainment, highly recommended
Very unusual story
Laughed out loud many times.
Didn't want to stop listening
I really really liked the Rook. Great plot, great characters. Ms. Duerden was very good. I hope O'Malley give us another!
The story was fine. I had two problems with this book 1) they "told" more story than was lived. This was especially true for the first part of the book... so it was a bit slow and then in the end rushed to tie all the loose ends together (annoying). 2) The narrator had a cadence and lilt that drove me insane.. it took half the book for me to be able to "listen through" to hear the story rather than the narration. The best way to describe it was "sing songy"... ugh...However, the story hook was good and I hung in there to find out what would happen to our heroine.
I found this audiobook when it was on sale. It had excellent reviews by my fellow Audible listeners. I usually stick with certain authors, but for the price, I figured how bad could it be. I was hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't wait for to find out how the story ends, then when it did, I wanted more.
The book throws you into the action from the start. I was afraid that the story was going to the Bourne Identity with a female protagonist, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a story with a great heroine with just the right mix of action, Sci-Fi, and suspense.
When i later read that this was Daniel O'Malley's first book, I was even more impressed. From what I have read, this may turn into another series. I look forward to reading more about Myfanwy.