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.
no, got bored and didn't finish
maybe, depending on the story
Not much more to say.
...with outstanding results. I absolutely loved this book - the story and style remind me of Joss Whedon and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from the supernatural bent to the system put in place to deal with it to the absolutely excellent laugh out loud humor. I also loved the narration and will look for more by this author and by this narrator. What a great listen!!!
The Rook follows the current trend of bringing mythological monsters and fantastic forces into a modern setting, and freshens it by creating a classic British bureaucracy to deal with them. The hero is a mousy, browbeaten functionary in a top-secret government department whose members are as odd as the threats they face. Her natural talent for paperwork has gotten her into the middle of a dark conspiracy that perhaps only she can solve - if she can remember who she is, and how she came to forget.
For a first novel by a male author, the story has a distinctly feminine feel, more like fantasy chick-lit than The Pelican Brief. It's not what I usually read, and I found the different perspective at first uncomfortable, then refreshing. I believe the author's voice improves (and the performer's, strangely enough) as the book progresses, and the story therefore becomes more engaging the farther one reads into the book.