Myfanwy (pronounced mif-an-e) Thomas wakes up in a wake of bodies without a single memory, a series of letters introduces her to her body and her life at the Chequy (pronounced shack-ay) an agency in the UK that controls paranormal and extra terrestrial entities from entering every day human life.
There's intrigue, increasingly peculiar abilities, and ever escalating situations that drive the listener through this debut novel, well enough. The first few chapters are interesting and the overall movement of the story pushed me forward but I felt that the main character was inconsistant and not very interesting, although she's not supposed to be interesting. That being the case I was left with the feeling 'why am I supposed to care about what happens?' The increasingly useless letters from her body's past inhabitant take away from the pull of the story and don't add enough texture to make them worthwhile. Unfortunately, I don't think this author is being true to who this character could be and ultimately this hurt the story for me. Also, there are a peculiar number of references to vomiting throughout the book that stood out as being needless and lame.
Susan Duerden worked at creating different voices and covered the characters annoying petty complaining pretty well. Her accent, within the dutch characters, could get thin at times but I thought she held it together quite well. Overall she did a good job of keeping me in the story.
There are some interesting moments and the mystery element was well played but overall this feels like set-up for something bigger (that could get better), this appears to be the first of a series as Mr O'Malley is writing another one as I write this. I wouldn't recommend it as it stands now but there's room for growth in a series, I probably won't be traveling down that road myself.
A five star rating is a rare occurrence from me, as is a one star rating. I primarily listen to sci-fi though I will branch out occasionally. Political satire/comedy and I did manage to laugh my way through that whole E.L. James series... you know the one...
The Rook really is an excellent book, and is more impressive because it is the first book in this authors stable. A lot of creative ideas and concepts came together. I look forward to the next novel... which if his website is any indication he just finished a first draft of and has sent it on to agent and editor for perusal.
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I can't believe this is this the author's first published book. Everything about it was a pleasure. The narration was perfect. It was a pleasure to listen to the story get woven together.
The narrator did a great job.
It may just be some of the more recent books I have read, or listened to, but listening to this story, I was pleased that the author described things well enough that I did not later have to question, nor get annoyed by the author trying to remind me of something yet again.
I really enjoyed the story, including the back stories earmarked as letters to the main character. The only one exception is I felt the ending was rushed and abrupt. The author added several twists that kept the story interesting, and seem to scurry a bit to close off loose ends at the end.
Although I have not read the print version of "The Rook", I would venture to say that the audio adaptation is superior. - It may be may favorite audio book....EVER. See the section about Susan Duerden (the narrator). to learn why.
Neverwhere - by Neil Gaiman - The way the author provides you with cynical characters, to balance out the magic and fairytale-ish-ness, is super similar.
I was also reminded of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore - All the silly supernatural guys (there seems to be a lack of silly lady sci-fi writers - unless we venture into vampire/werewolf territory - Which I will admit to doing, on occasion.).
I have to say that I do prefer british silliness to Moore's American variety - This strange preference only made me love this book even more - Although the author is apparently Australian, the book is perfectly English!
Susan Duerden had the perfect vocal range and acting abilities to nail EVERY character (including the overweight, skinless, male belgian). The superb narration was the shining star on this xmas tree of a novel.
The book would have been lit up and pretty on it's own - But, it would never have truly been complete, until you balanced teetering on the edge of a random piece of furniture, and R-E-A-C-H-E-D out with your "never-before-so-short-arms", and carefully placed the star perfectly on the tippy-most-top of this book.
Absolutely. I wanted to know everything about the Chequy, IMMEDIATELY, as I am sure Rook Thomas did as well.
I have NEVER written a review on audible before. I have never felt any desire to. I think I needed to love listening to a book so much, that I was compelled to spend my valuable time reviewing it - This was such a book!
A fun, adventurous, and addictive listen. Full of court intrigue, treasonous supernatural government agents, and magical creatures of all kinds.
Although this book is filled with fantastical characters, some with abilities beyond compare, it manages to dodge the number one problem of the fantasy/sci-fi genre - taking oneself too seriously. - MAGIC IS SILLY!!
Daniel O'Malley portrays this fact beautifully, throughout his story.
He has penned a fantasy novel with the perfect balance of silliness and the supernatural.
I will listen to this one again and again.............and I'm not usually that kind of girl!!
I would recommend this audiobook because the setting was unique, yet you could vividly imagine yourself there. And the narrator did a beautiful job of fitting into the role and expressing the different characters as well.
I liked that it was calm at times but still had its action packed moments.
She brought life to the main character that wouldn't have been as clear as reading it. The consistant astonishment in the British accent was entirely comical!
I practically did! I was entirely engulfed from the beginning.
I received The Rook as a gift and wasn't at all sure of what I was getting.
At first, I thought it was young adult science fiction or a "girl power" sort thing. I was wrong. Slowly and without my becoming fully aware if it, I was pulled in and became really involved in the story. I liked the protagonist and wanted to know more about her past and her present, was interested in what would happen to her in the future. I was fascinated by the "historical" passages, and at the end of the book I wanted more stories from The Rookery.
The narration is of the best kind - smooth and as transparent as the window in an observation chamber. You really feel as though you're listening to the protagonist herself.
This is a very good light novel, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to science fiction and fantasy fans of any age or sex.
Good narration and a story line that was engaging and kept you in a state of smile to laughter and yet retained a atmosphere of suspense. A female Bourne/Bond/Potter character who is a reluctant hero. I was never bored during the read.
smashup a Bourne book, Bond story, and a few chapters of Harry Potter. Although I hate to say Potter and really think it would be more along the lines of Tim Powers book. I look forward to more stories in the future.
The hero, she did this best. The male characters occasionally went into the creepy sounding realm, but it is always a challenge for a narrator to cross gender roles and remain credible in their performance.
I did laugh a few times during its course. I usually listen while walking or doing work that a books distraction is welcome. The story wasn't complicated, but I hated missing a detail and rewound frequently to get a higher than average comprehension during this book.
Looking forward to more.
I loved the performance of the reader.
It's great fun, action movie style.
The big reveal in the end.
Fearing I may go mad at the sheer monotony of my desk job, I quickly developed a love for audio books. I've been hooked ever since.
The book? Yes. The audiobook? No, not by this narrator, at least.
Honestly, not sure.
From what I listened too, the story was very good, and very intriguing. I did not, however, finish the book. The narration was really, really bad.