So yes, this is a book about humans who have special powers because of their mutated genes, who are brought up in a special school where they are trained to be elite government operatives. And no, it's really nothing like the X-Men.
With absurd characters, bizarre but exciting situations, and a narrator who has no idea who she is, except a smart-ass, this book will have anyone entertained right to the end.
I really liked the story. I thought it was very ingenious to use letters to fill in the back story. I found I had a hard time not listening straight through.
As a fan of sci-fi/fantasy writing, I found Rook to be a pleasant departure from the typical fare. The book takes advantage of the superpowers and intrigue one would expect, while also addressing the more "realistic" aspects to running a top-secret supernatural organization. The main character, who suffers from a particularly virulent form of amnesia allows the author to explain the complex world inhabited by the book's characters - We learn about Myfanwy Thomas's life as she does.
Absolutely worth the read.
Very well-written and entertaining. First half is more of a mystery, establishes the alternate world history and second half is very funny as the story and the main character settle in. Narrator took a little getting used to at the beginning with the slightly unusual cadence but I got used to it quickly and her performance was exceptional. There was a scene with dentists in the second half that made me laugh out loud and I was listening on the subway at the time. Looking forward to more stories from O'Malley and will check out other books narrated by Duerden.
I'm usually fairly hard to please, but this book won me over in the first chapter! It's Borne Identity mixed with the quirky creativity of JK Rowling. Witty yet serious, inspired and expertly written--it's well worth 3 credits in my opinion. I am dying for the sequel!
The book was just right - perfect plot, story, humor and sarcasm! I usually don't read fantasy - I'm a historical fiction fanatic, but this has me wanting to change my genre. I also don't get into series, but I am praying he writes many more sequels to The Rook. It's everything a great story should be!
I recommend this book for any fiction lover, especially if you have leanings to sarcasm and just appreciate a well crafted, satisfying story without the love (or other) storyline cliches. I cannot say it enough - it is a brilliant story and had me listening at home, in the car, at work and in my headphones while cleaning!
I really loved this book. It was an all around great listen the writing was tight. The story was complete while at the same time paving the way for a sequel. It was funny and suspenful. The reader was perfect. I can't wait for the next book.
I will probably go to my local library and borrow this book and read it, although it's harder to do other things at the same time, which is why I love audiobooks. I couldn't listen past about 40 minutes, due to the narration. The narrator raises her tone at the end of almost EVERY sentence. The story was intriguing and I'd REALLY wanted to continue. My son and I listen to a lot of audiobooks together, and after a few minutes, he asked what was wrong with the narrator. I kept hoping that the strong lilt at the end of each sentence would stop but it didn't. It was distracting enough that I lost focus on the story. I would recommend listening to a sample before purchasing - maybe you won't have the same issues with the narration. I ended up returning the book, which I rarely do.
I've been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since childhhood. I kind burned out on sci-fi and now stick mainly to fantasy.
Possibly, but with reservations.
that depends on my mood at the time.
Good range, effort, quality
I found the book to be fairly trope ridden. If you are new to the genre it might seem fresh but if you have read alot in this genre it is pretty formulaic and not terribly orignal. The authors writing style was difficult to get into. You could tell that the narrarator had a hard time with this book.
A similar concept that is much better executed is Simon Greens Secret Histories series. I just didn't care for the author's writing style and the premise is cliched to the extreme. The narrator did the best she could with the material she had. I would definitely listen to another book narrarated by her.I read some of the other reviews comparing this book to the Dresden files. If you haven't read that series go get the books right now. Jim Butcher is an author of several magnitudes above this one.
This urban fantasy set in England was a nice change of pace from the epic and military fantasy I've been reading.
While not in my top ten reads, it was worth the read. It was entertaining and engaging. I enjoyed the world O'Malley created and I was interested in the characters.
No real ground broken here. It had a light hearted feel. Written for adult--although young adults could easily enjoy it.