Very unusual story
Laughed out loud many times.
Didn't want to stop listening
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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.
It's always nice to see the birth of a new series especially one that offers the possibility of great variety. Yes it is an all encompassing supernatural theme but it is done with panache and wonderful humour. Daniel O'Malley utilizes a terrific literary device to complete the entire background for this and future novels. It is an espionage novel with a very lovable and funny heroine and with plenty of 'nasties' good and bad !! Some reviews have had a negative opinion of the narrator, Susan Duerdon, and I could not disagree more. She delivers the narrative with excellent diction, the breadth of voices for both males and females is brilliant and her timing for the humour is spot on! Great job.
Loved it as a fabulous diversion!!!!
This book was actually recommended by Kevin Hearne (author of the Iron Druid Chronicles.) I'm so thankful I took his recommendation and downloaded it! This book kept me enthralled the whole time I listened to it - a very "meaty" story without being overladen with pointless descriptions. Daniel O'Malley creates a very believable and fascinating world and I found myself emotionally attached to the main character (something that doesn't often happen to me when reading urban fantasy.) Just enough humor to keep some of the more intense sections of the story from being too dakr and enough serious storyline to keep history buffs like myself satisfied. LISTEN to this - you won't regret it!
The Rook is a nicely-structured story that crazily mixes elements of The Bourne Supremacy, the X-Men, Harry Potter, and Dirk Gently into one very entertaining tale. While the logic of the story (and the world that it takes place in) is often pretty tenuous, the humor saves it again and again.
And yet, it is not a comedy. People die, sometimes horribly. Terrible things have happened to Myfanwy Thomas, and continue to happen as she tries desperately to fit into the life she no longer remembers.
Part of the fun of the book is discovering the secret world of which Myfanwy is a part. In this, it is not unlike the Harry Potter books (though crossover fandom should be restricted to adults -- those Belgians can construct an awe-inspiringly vulgar threat when they're pissed.)
Some of the story feels slightly tacked-on, with only a tenuous connection to the plot. A long passage dealing with a dragon's egg and another dealing with a fortune telling duck are the most memorable hiccups, though both do add small details to the overall story.
The construction of the narrative, in which the actions of the present are periodically interrupted by letters from pre-amnesia Myfanwy to post, sometimes grates a bit, but nothing is unforgivable, really.
I loved Susan Duerden's narration. She conveyed the turbulent emotions of the main character quite well, and provided some very entertaining character voices (particularly the aforementioned crazy Belgian).
I didn't enjoy the premise of the heroine informing herself through letters to her 'future self'. It felt overly contrived and hard to believe at best. The reader's cadence throughout really turned me off though. I only got through part 1, I couldn't take anymore. Her voice wasn't unpleasant, but her delivery was 'off', like each sentance was a juicy bit of gossip that she was telling to someone. Honestly, the story didn't grab be either. I gave it a good try, I like the genre, just not this book.
Can't comment didn't read the print version.
Really enjoyed this and did not find the narrator annoying at all.. thought she was tremendous actually. The book is quirky and fun, just really didn't like the ending.. very anti-climatic.