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.
Yes, it was pleasant and enjoyable.
The humor and the inventive story - the action was enough to keep it moving but not overly emphasized
It was good but not great - a little singsongish = and the wry humor was sometimes deadened by a poor read - but not bad at all
This book was a pleasant diversion - sort of x files meets james bond meets dresden - I enjoyed it very much and am glad Ethan gave it a review that made me curious!
The story and narrator were perfectly paired.
It has echoes of Charles Stross' Laundry series, also Jim Butcher's work, and crossed with Bridget Jones' Diary.
Miffany, both of her!
YES! Sleep is for the weak! Coffee is the solution to work in the morning.
The unexpected twist to the story
memorable moments all through the story mixing real life and fantasy
This is the first time I have heard Susan Duerden and I will look for others by her
It didn't make me cry it made me wonder and at times laugh at how different situations were narrated.
A very good read if you enjoy sci fi and fantasy
Surprising, witty, often hilarious, and totally unexpected.
The narration is spot on.
I regretted having to eat and sleep.
I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.
One of the more original modern-day explanation of how a government would deal with fantastical creatures and phenoms (like X-files, Men in Black, etc.). A woman wakes up in a body/situation that she has no memory of and must fake being a government agent for a clandestine agency that investigates and responds to supernatural events. She must also find out who in the agency tried to kill her and why. The details are compelling (like most agents have unique supernatural powers themselves and are assigned a position in the 'court' as a chess rank: Bishop, Rook, Pawn, etc.) and I found myself listening as often as I could to uncover the layers of mystery and threat. Fun!
Yes, I loved how the alternative universe was portrayed in this story, the way the mystery started and Gshtalt.
I liked the whole relationship/dynamic between Myfawny and Gshtalt. I also liked how the American counterpart was introduced into the storyline.
Her character voices, the way she pronounced the different words in the book that would have hung me up if I read it, the pace and flow of the intense scenes.
Yes! I wanted to just sit and imagine the storyline the whole day.
I thought this book sounded a little lame when I read the plot, but sound bite peaked my interest a bit. I didn't have high expectations going in and I was blown away by how well the story reads. It looks weird, but once you get into this universe, you have no idea how amazing it is.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
Susan does a wonderful job when reading the characters thoughts and actions. She puts much emotion and the proper inflections to keep me interested in the story. My only problem was that when she reads parts of the story that are descriptive and not character related her narrative becomes droning and has weird rises in tone that almost made me not purchase the book. I have heard other narrators do this so it must be some technique but I do not like it at all. Otherwise her reading was rich toned and enjoyable.
I was totally put off from this book when listening to a sample. Thankfully other reviewers mentioned the same flaws I found with the narration and stated that it gets much better so I took a chance and ended up enjoying the book.