I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who works in an office/at a cubicle and is interested in dark fiction. It is difficult to empathize with the hero (anti-hero) of the story, but the scenario is relatable despite the supernatural overtones. The narrator - Adam Grupper - does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
I probably wouldn't read another James Hynes book, but that does not mean I regret taking a chance on Kings of Infinite Space. The book lies outside of my usual reading zone, but I enjoyed listening to the development of the main characters.
Susan Duerden is fantastic. She does a great job with the different characters - British accent and all - and embodies Myfanwy Thomas exactly as I would have imagined.
Myfanwy is an outstanding heroine. I never felt frustrated with her progress or choices, but instead was cheering her on at each harrowing turn. The juxtaposition of her former self via the carefully planned journals and her newfound life creates a character the reader can empathize with almost immediately.
Susan's accent and expertly pronounced Welsch/British/Belgian vernacular added an authenticity to the story that I would not have experienced had I been reading the novel via print.
While Daniel O'Malley writes a compelling novel, the characterization of the "mutants" hits a little too close to X-men for The Rook to considered an original.
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