This book started out well with an interesting premise and characters, but then takes a turn into cartoon land and never recovers.
I liked the first 4 or so chapters of this book (you can read them on the website. Amnesia, special powers, boarding school, I love that stuff, but then the limitations of the book start showing, and soon they've taken over.
The book is divided into present narrative and flashback diary entries. The flashbacks are large infodumps that have little to no bearing on the present events. It's obvious the author put a lot of thought into the backstory of each minor character, but by the time I'd heard the life history of the 4th office colleague, I couldn't remember or care who any of these people were. In spite of the numerous details, the vast majority of characters have negligible roles in the present-day action, so it was hard for them to hold my attention or for me to care any about their childhoods.
With the frequent flashbacks, the novel is series of strung-together vignettes. This works well in some books, but in this one, the main character is mostly watching other people do things, so we don't learn what is interesting about her, and she can't hold the divergent stories together. There is a lot of time spent in worldsetting, but the characters and events in the world are not enough to hold the story.
This all would be ok if the writing style held my interest. While the beginning is intelligently written and very polished, the further into the book, the more cartoon situations and juvenile bathroom humor appear. The increasing inappropriateness turned me off completely.I can see why this book would be classed as young adult. The juvenile humor and inappropriate and cartoonish ways the characters act, along with gratuitous violence and gore, seems very young.
I really wanted to like this book and gave it chance after chance to impress me, but it failed on all accounts.
Note on narration: The narrator has a strange speaking style where her intonation rises at the end of every phrase making it sound like a question. This was very strange and took a while to get used to, but by the end she either gets better or I got used to it.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I was engrossed from the beginning. There were so many twists and turns and surprises it kept me guessing until the end. I love the extra creative twist that the protagonist/detective is suffering from amnesia in addition to trying to solve a mystery. I can't wait to read more from this author. The narrator was excellent and really added to the experience. I admittedly have a thing for narrators with accents, but she was excellent nonetheless. Highly recommend. It is a highly unique story.
I have not read the print version, but Susan Duerden, who narrated another of my favorites, The Tiger's Wife, is wonderfully talented. She captures both male and female voices with realistic inflection and had great comedic timing. I'm sure it would be a hilarious read, too, but the narration makes it come alive.
Myfanwy is the main character and likely to be any listener's favorite. She is a sassy badass.
Keep calm and kick paranormal ass! It's the X-Files, British style.
Fun, complex, fast-paced story with smart twists and compelling characters. O'Malley writes great women and the type characters are also tremendous fun. He's a skilled writer with an edgy wit that made me laugh out loud as people stared at crazy earbud lady. Not just silly fun--he's got great sentences, plot structure, images. A real live writer's writer.
Absolutely. It was very well read, the characters were excellent and the story was different. Some might say ridiculous, but I advise anyone without a sense of humour not to bother with this book.
Can't really say - it was really just all good.
Fun, just fun. Loved the narrator, loved the main character, everything. Would love for there to be a second book.
A young woman awakes and has no memory of who she is or what has happened to her. Then she finds a note in her pocket: ‘Dear You.” Thus begins her quest to find out who she is, what’s happened to her, and, along the way, to save the world.
What a fun read. Great feisty heroine with no sense of fashion, a secret spy agency charged with policing the supernatural, and a pet bunny.
I haven't been moved to write a review before, but I was gripped by an urge to make sure everyone knows how awesome this audible book is. The narrator was brilliant, with just the right amount of dry humor to really bring the characters to life. It was hard to differentiate voices at first, especially since there are two "narrators" who are the same person at different times, but it wasn't long before I was finding any excuse to plug in and listen to The Rook. So maybe the accents aren't perfect sometimes, but I absolutely loved Susan Duerden's narration, and the book is well-written, gross, humorous, intriguing, inventive, fresh, and fun. Absolutely wonderful.
Having read a good slew of urban fantasy/paranormal, I wasn't expecting anything new. But despite being a mash-up of the X-Men and MI5, there was so much that was original to me in this novel. The characters were wonderful. The various "powers" that people have are so inventive. I don't know how the author even came up with half of it.
Rook Thomas was brilliant. She came to life for me.
Ah geez. The idiot with the duck. I was laughing and absolutely cringing. Never thought it possible to feel emotionally attached to an clairvoyant duck.
Do it. Just do it.
Audio junkie, caffiene addict, anglophile & a bit of a wino.
The narrator was fantastic! The story flowed, and was hillarious, smart - well writen. Since listening I have both read the book, recommended it...ok... INSISTED that my friends read/listen to it immediately, assigned it for book club and listened to it....AGAIN! Its that good and fresh, dramatic, creative and funny.
So many memorable moments that made me laugh out loud in the car...on the sidewalk...in the supermarket...got some weird looks.
Mi-6, meet the X-men. I DO hope and pray they make a movie of this book!
Retired RN High end of middle age or short end of old age! Adore Christian fiction, sci-fi fantasy, and mysteries.
The twists and turns/imagination.
Her voice was soothing, yet became animated when the story was.
A really good book for anyone who likes this genre!
I read with my ears...
Okay, all the characters in this story are pretty hardcore, but (without giving anything away) most of the ladies in this story are truly bad-ass. What is it about smart, powerful women with authority that does it for me?
Imaginative, creative, fantastical, unpredictable and gripping. Those are qualities in a story that keep me interested and The Rook had them all. I highly recommend this book.The narrator overall did a good job and by no means would I dissuade you from this story by the few and fairly petty criticisms I have with the narration. You will notice early in the story she has a peculiar way of ending a sentence. Not sure how to describe it, but you will hear it. If you can get used to that (like I did), then you will be fine. The next issue I have is that she blasts through the witty jokes without any inflection to let you know a joke has just come and gone. It's difficult to recognize sarcasm without inflection. The humor is classically British, dry and clever which I love, but she reads it in a manner that makes it difficult to recognize when the character is being sarcastic or humorous. The only other thing was that her American accent for a character made me wince a little (I know, petty).
There are enough unforeseen and imaginative twists in the story that keep your attention and make you happy you can't guess the next move. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next- "Well, she is clearly going to need to..." POW! Twist... Woah... Cool... Loved it.
I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the following books.
14 by Peter Clines
Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R Martin
Ghost Story: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Daniel O'Malley's gives his characters such substance, you feel as if you really know them. Some you like...some you hate.