I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.
Very well done!
Both the author and the the narrator managed to pull me into a genre that generally has no appeal and it happened within the first minute or two.
The main character, Myfanwy, would, of course, be the favorite, but the author has done an incredible job with the unusual cast that inhabit this book.
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This is a good book and I recommend it. It is well written, funny and clever and the narrator is quite pleasing to listen to.
If J. K. Rowling had written an adult level book about the Ministry of Magic, especially the Auror department, it would be a lot like this--except no one in The Rook needs a wand to use their unique powers. This story is humorous, action-packed, filled with world-building detail, and populated with many interesting characters that I hope to get to know better in future books. O'Mally was able to create a very interesting way of handling a character with amnesia so that it isn't at all like anything I've read before and made me care very much about the main character--both in her before and after manifestations.
As good as it is, there is room for improvement as this writer continues to grow. The Rook ended with extended double denouments of too much talk and, while very interesting and humorous, some insertions of letters from "Thomas" broke up the pacing. Also, like many such books, I felt there were one or two too many harrowing moments packed into too short a span--but that's just me. A couple of times the action became a little silly--Myfanwy trying to answer her phone--and I feared it was devolving into farce, but those few moments passed and the humor returned to clever rather than silly. Still, overall this is a very good story that is well written and worth every minute of listening time.
The narrator did a very good job, in my opinion. Some reviewers complain about the sing-song nature of her voice, but I found it to be a lovely and lyrical accent. I must admit that the narrator's tone was so even and matter-of-fact at times that I nearly missed the fact that what she was saying was humorous, but it only meant I needed to pay closer attention to words because if my mind drifted I might miss something.
All in all, this is a great beginning to a new series--please let it be a series!
I would recommend the story, but i am having trouble finishing it because of the cadence of the narrator.. it's level level up level level up is very annoying to me, but perhaps someone else wouldn't be bothered by it.
less artifice and more natural speaking. When she did characters, they were ok, but the general 3rd person narration was so repetative and sing-song, it just made me forget what she was saying.
Very seldom am I tempted to listen to a story again. Though I know the second time, when enough time has elapsed, can be pretty good. Rook would be on the list for consideration, though next time I may read it. I was not as impressed by the delivery of the reader.
I liked the interesting world the author created, and the uniqueness of the superhero like characters.
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the very beginning, surrounded by bodies and no memory. Fun and gripping.
The Gene Mutation (i.e., superpowers ala X-Men) "a day in the life of" with an amnesiac main character was an interesting premise, but in the end failed to deliver. There were some stellar reviews, and an interesting premise, but in the end I felt that the story moved slowly, and the climax wasn't worth the 17 hours to get there.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a fan of YA, and this book verges strongly on YA.
I had very high expectations for this book. The premise was intriguing and the plot was exciting. However, the reader's performance was extremely sub par. She alternated between the same three pitches in the same sequence for 95% of the sentences throughout. The predictability of her speech was so annoying that I was distracted from the plot and had a difficult time staying interested. I will have to buy the paperback to reread; I simply cannot listen to this woman again.
The book itself is ingenuis and I'm sure will be quite fun but the reader's speech pattern made me crazy. She has a lovely voice but the sing-song style with a lift and then drop at the end of Every. Single. Sentence. It was more than I could bear after a while.
The story is a fun blend between Harry Potter, James Bond, and British humor. The ending is a little weak but the story lends itself to another novel.
The narrator is capable of doing many voices but elected to be incredibly annoying with the main character and reading the story with no inflections. I highly recommend you listen first to a sample to see if you can handle it as it is like nails on a blackboard.