Loved the narrator and her accent.
The MC. She had wonderful character development.
I enjoyed her imitation of male characters. Quite well done and a joy to hear.
Nope. Took multiple sittings. About a week.
This reminds me of an urban fantasy. You know, the chicks chicks in leather kicking demonic ass genre, except that the chick is in a suit and she kicks ass from behind a desk and through a mess of bureaucracy. It doesn't sound as interesting when I put it like that but I quite enjoyed it. Very well worth the read.
I can't figure the hype for this story. First the reader is the worst. I wake up in the night and hear her terrible cadence. She reads the whole story like it is a list. Then there is the story. Trash. I should have quit when the first two things that happened didn't make any sense. But I kept on and the concepts just got worse. I know it is paranormal fantasy, but we need a sense of plausibility. Characters should do what people do as we know them, these don't. The decisions they make, do not make sense. Then there is the whole premise of a person who wakes up with amnesia and other than not remembering who she is, remembers everything else about the world. Fashion, reading, interpersonal relations, society. I'm going back to John Scalzi and Neil Gaiman.
The Rook is a cute book with a great story, creating a mystery within a unique world of supernatural.
Rook Thomas deals with some very clever supernatural occurrences while trying to discover which of her colleagues has betrayed her and stolen her memory.
The only problem for me was that for the longest time it seems that the story is just not moving forwards, there was endless details regarding different people within Rook Thomas's organization, as well as some supernatural phenomenon some of which just seemed pointless, I found my self muttering to the book "just get on with it".
That said once she did get on with it, the story line is very interesting as well as intriguing.
Interesting story line and well performed. This is a story of the supernatural, and the main subject has the ability to read body functions and thus control others. The main subject discovers there is a traitor, knows she will survive without any of her memories, and proceeds to write instructions for her future self. The story bounces between the current and previous occupant of the body. Because of this, it is sometimes a little hard to tell which of the two body occupants is in the action. Overall, it was an interesting story and worth the listen.
The book was a fun story and a good premise to start with.
Men in Black? I know it's a movie...but that's all I can think of. It was a hilariously ludicrous concept that worked as long as you suspended reality.
No. She got her characters mixed up and somehow all of the men came off sounding the same. Her "American" accent was horrible! Completely unbelievable.
Can I reiterate what a very, very bad job Susan Duerden did on this? Her normal speaking voice is whiney in the extreme and her characters all had similar accents and delivery. UGH! At least I know who to watch out for in the future.
I thought the story was fun but trite at times. O'Malley's dialog could use some work. It's way to full of things like:
"huh?" she said.
"Yeah." I said.
"Really?!" she said.
"Yeah!" I said.
Maybe he's just trying to be funny with it by going over the top...but it just got tiring. Then again, it might have worked with A DIFFERENT NARRATOR!
And don't get me started on the "duck that can tell the future but only three questions per person". Really? C'mon you're a very creative guy Mr. O'Malley! You can do better than that!
This is an unusual story, even for fantasy. The premise that there exists a government-sponsored agency comprised of people with "unusual" powers is new to me. Like all government bodies, this one has a bureaucracy.
There were two or three scenarios in the story where it was left pretty much unexplained how the protagonist was able to get out of a seemingly hopeless situation, but the story was so good I was able to overlook those parts. The twists and turns in the story aren't so complicated that you wish you had paid better attention to earlier parts, but not so simple that the story is predictable either.
The narrator, Susan Duerden, is excellent, differentiating voices well for ease in following dialog.
If you are looking for a superhero story that is well written and well read, you can't do better than this one. Highly recommended for fantasy fans.
Absolutely. I was already mildly obsessed with the book and this was actually my first experience with audio books. What an inspired choice!
So difficult to choose!
The correct answer is, of course, all of them. Susan Duerden is so talented! Her ability to transfer smoothly between accents made it seem like there were more voice actors involved. The pitch of her voice is about perfect, and the way she handled the pacing - between regular narration and tense or action sequences - was amazing. Bravo!
I have to admit that one of my favorite moments was the first time I heard the smoothly cultured voice of Ms Duerden swear. It was like hearing Mary Poppins swear, and it made me giggle like a naughty child.
This book is highly recommended! The introduction to this world will suck you in completely and have you joining the impatient horde of fans wanting to badger Daniel O'Malley for the next installment.
Narrator had a sing song way of speaking, ending EVERY SINGLE sentence with an upnote. I really had to force myself to listen to the content instead of being really annoyed and distracted by how she was ruining a quality story with her narration. I do NOT recommend listening to the book. I would recommend a printed version.
I loved this book so much that I was actually disappointed to find out it's O'Malley's debut novel and there's nothing else by him for me to read (yet). I've given this book as a gift and recommended it to several folks already, and you should totally spend your credit on this book.
The characters are unique and well-crafted, and the plot is intricate and so clever. I want to steal this man's ability to describe things, he does it so well and in-character, too! The solution to the mystery of the story is foreshadowed throughout, so it doesn't come out of the clear blue sky, but right up until you get to the end, you'd've never guessed what was coming. If you like James Bond and Warehouse 13, you've gotta give this a shot. I swear it's worth it!