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The Rook Audiobook

The Rook

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"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain.

She also discovers that she possesses a rare and deadly supernatural ability of her own. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful fantasy. An astonishing debut from a brilliant new voice.

©2012 David O'Malley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Tish 06-01-16
    Tish 06-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun listen"

    I've seen this book described as M15 for wizards but I think it might be more X-Men for bureaucrats. That said, I really loved it and found it highly entertaining. Can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Canberra, Australia 05-19-13
    Jennifer Canberra, Australia 05-19-13
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    "Really fantastic "

    This is one of the best books I've ever read! And that's from someone that reads as an Olympic sport. It gripped me from the first sentence , " the body you are wearing used to be mine", till the very last. The story is very different but utterly compelling. It's a great story, extremely well read and totally captivating. I simply can't recommend it highly enough! Miss it at your peril!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenton 03-28-13
    Brenton 03-28-13
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    "Excellent Narration of an Excellent Book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story bought a new approach to both the Supernatural and the Spy genres by amalgamating them into this fantastic book. This was the first book in a while that I immediately started again for a second read!

    I can't wait for the second book and hope that Katy will be narrating it.


    What does Katy Carmichael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katy's narration of the story bought out the protagonist quirky nature in an enjoyable to fun way. There were several times onlookers would have looked at me strangely as I laughed out loud walking down the street listening to the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 02-27-13
    Patricia 02-27-13
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    "Read it and listen to it!"

    Totally absurd, smartly written, entertaining and unexpected! The narrator was GREAT! I really hope there's a next one and that is just as good as this one, because I felt a mix of sadness and anticipation when I was about to finish this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • George
    United Kingdom
    1/17/14
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    "A good tale, but disappointing in places"
    Any additional comments?

    Some reviews make out that the underlying concept of this book ventures into previously unknown territory, which is not correct - the most obvious comparison being Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London series". That said, the concept is sufficiently different that there can be no accusations of copycatting.

    Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and will buy the next in the series if there are any (which I hope that there are). The reading was done well.I liked the overall plot concept and the back-story and the device of the heroine's predecessor writing her informative letters worked well.

    My major criticisms are thus: First, there several what I thought to be continuity errors, which I found irritating. For example, the heroine works for a super-secret, illuminati-esque organisation that has managed to stay secret for centuries, but one character almost immediately manages to track her down in about 20 minutes. Actually, the whole plotline involving that character had me shouting at the car speakers at one point because it just seemed so unlikely (but don't let that worry you too much, it's still a good story).

    Second, some of the super-natural elements of the story are just a bit silly. The main ones work ok, but some of the people or events referred to in passing are just thrown in without any real thought appearing to have been given to whether they contribute towards a believable universe.

    One of the secrets of great fantasy is that although the author can invent the rules, there must be rules and the story must stick to them. An attitude of "it's my world so I can do what I like" doesn't really work. This can be a particular problem, as JK Rowling discovered, if the author is hoping to produce a series, where throw-away gimmicks in early books can come back to bite the author on the bottom in the future.

    Also, the limits of the heroine's own abilities seem to ebb and flow like an unpredictable tide, which is slightly distracting.

    Third, the author makes a little bit too much use of "deus ex machina". If the heroine finds herself imperilled by a giant fire-breathing moth (which she doesn't) then the next minion that comes along would just happen to have the ability to spit asbestos mothballs, etc. Remember the old James Bond films, where you just knew that every gadget given to him by Q was going to be exactly the right tool to get him out of just one sticky situation, just once? A bit like that, but in reverse.

    In part, I get the feeling that the author has not quite decided upon his target audience. Some of the little things that bugged me would not really matter if the book is aimed mostly at children (who are less sophisticated or nit-picky, dependent upon your viewpoint, than I am in my 40s) but some of the concepts hinted at are quite adult.

    In summary, I enjoyed the book, I will follow the series and recommend it to others - but I hope the author settles down to give a bit more attention to his world-building in the future.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • philip
    SALISBURY, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "great fun"

    did not know what to expect from this as not my usually choice but have been totally immersed and thoroughly intrigued. The narration is superb and brings to life a book that has really cheered up a miserable cold january week.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • lynsey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    2/13/13
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    "Fantastic!!"

    James Bond meets The X men with a splash of Harry Dresden and the wit of Bridget Jones all wrapped up in a whodunit!! All in all this fabulous work of fiction is just wonderful and even more so if you are a fan of the supernatural. If you like Jim Butcher and or you would just like to try something new then I rather suspect you will love this. The narration is everything it should be and the actress should be proud of her performance.

    The book is left open, so please, please Mr O'Malley spin some more tales of Rook Thomas!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "Awesome Supernatural Spy Thriller set in the UK"



    Great audiobook, I'd just finished the rivers of london audiobooks and was looking for something new, definitely didn't let me down.



    It opens at full steam and keeps it's pace, a great supernatural spy thriller which keeps you thinking... It is actually funny too when it wants to be which is a bonus. Well worth a credit, I'm looking forward to more from O'Malley.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Clover Ooi
    3/25/17
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    "3.5 stars overall"

    it was difficult to rate this as i have different feelings towards it as i listened to the 3 parts of the story. i like the beginning n find the mystery n world building intriguing. however, the middle part was kinda slow n dragging. the reason for that was because the execution of the story involved way too much telling (reading letters) n flashbacks. i find myself zoning out n missing sections as i listened. Luckily the 3rd/final part made up for the story. i found myself feeling excited by the plot n also laughing a lot about the sarcastic joke. i also found the characters very likeable n was hoping there would be a sequel just so i can read more about their lives. Overall, it was an enjoyable read but one would need some patience to listen/read this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. E. Higginson
    yorkshire,england
    12/11/16
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    "loved it :)"

    I defy anyone to not like myfany as a character I liked her so much she was endearing, powerful but lacking confidence and somewhat uncoordinated, interesting secret government type world created too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Grant
    11/30/16
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    "Great setup - unfulfilling ending"

    Had been waiting for this one for a while - had heard about it on a podcast and like the idea of a character waking up in someone else's body.

    The story begins at a quick pace and then settles down into large chunks of exposition as the character unravels the story.

    O'Malley has created an intriguing landscape - a ministry of magic that seems more realistic and plausible than Rowling's version.

    The characters are fulsome and varied and the pace is varied and interesting.

    The narration is very good - I've never read with Katy Carmichael before but she's good with accents and keeps the energy up. Very enjoyable.

    However - the end of the story seems to fall a little flat. Once the 'traitor' is unmasked in a most unsatisfactory way, the story slides into a scene which is an unexpected as it is convincing.

    The hook for me was the premise of the 'new body' - plenty is explained about what the character once was - that is central to the plot - but I'm still no clearer on who the character actually is. I'm assuming the answer passed by my ears at some point but I missed it completely.

    I notice there is a sequel listed on Audible - Stiletto. Not sure yet...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ariadne Jones
    Essex, England
    11/10/16
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    "Wow what a refreshing change!!"

    I really enjoyed this book as it was so different. The main characters were really well written and I liked them. The majority of the narration was good but some of the voices were weird and I was surprised at that as it seemed unnecessary.

    I look forward to listening to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sukie
    10/18/16
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    "This is interesting compelling well narrated"

    I loved it . the story is quite long but you have to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Dunstable, United Kingdom
    10/17/16
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    "Ghastly."

    Dire, just dire. A sort of Bridget Jones meets X-Men Lite.
    I know it's written by a man but it definitely feels like chick lit to me.
    The narrator almost drove me round the bend with the squeaky voices she did for young men.
    The rave reviews for the book are an utter mystery to me. It was personally recommended as on a par with the Rivers of London books but it really isn't in the same class.
    If you like the Chronicles of St Mary's series this may appeal though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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