We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Rook Audiobook

The Rook: A Novel

Regular Price:$23.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save herself, she encounters a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and an unimaginably vast conspiracy.

Suspenseful and hilarious, The Rookis an outrageously inventive debut for listeners who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.

©2012 Daniel O'Malley (P)2012 Hachette

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (3056 )
5 star
 (1610)
4 star
 (911)
3 star
 (366)
2 star
 (89)
1 star
 (80)
Overall
4.3 (2764 )
5 star
 (1522)
4 star
 (799)
3 star
 (311)
2 star
 (68)
1 star
 (64)
Story
4.3 (2763 )
5 star
 (1574)
4 star
 (744)
3 star
 (269)
2 star
 (88)
1 star
 (88)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 08-22-13
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    477
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    106
    72
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    49
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sometimes I get lucky. This is one of those times!"


    The Rook is a wonderful book. Just enough strangeness and mystery to keep you wanting to hear more and not needing to make crib notes about which dastardly evil entity Rook Thomas is facing.

    The Rook starts out with someone waking up with amnesia and finding they have a sudden choice to make, assume their old life or abandon it and start totally over. Fortunately Ms. Myfanwy Thomas, decides to resume her existing life after her memory was rebooted and takes us all along on an enjoyable journey. We discover the many wonders and challenges she faces as a domestic section chief of a secret 'government' agency charged with protecting Brittan from abnormals. It is a challenging task with some great twists and turns O'Mally deftly switches between monsters du jour and the letters from her old self helping to teach Myfanwy about whom she was/is, the life she led, and how it all helps her face this day's challenges.

    Daniel O'Malley has written a solid first novel and a great foundation that could support one or a half dozen more. The pacing of The Rook kept me enjoying every passing minute, especially with the detours of the letters from ‘Me’ to ‘You,’ Myfanwy's prior and post memory reboot alter egos. O'Mally moves these passages along and, although they suddenly leave one story arc, I don't remember ever wishing he would just hurry up and get back to the main plot.

    Whoever selected Susan Duerden to narrate this book is an absolute genius. She is a perfect Myfanwy Thomas and has such an ability to bring each of O'Malley's characters solidly to life (even the slimly / barely alive ones)! I am looking forward to enjoying the work of each of these artists again and again (including an instant replay of The Rook).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 07-08-12
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    185
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    190
    44
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Clichés be damned!"

    Rook opens on a rather cliché note, amnesiac hero, who's tabla-rasa for any personal memories but retains her instincts. From the Bourne Identity beginning to an X-men like world, Daniel O' Malley dances along being trite to actually clever. Its a mish-mash of supernatural beings, shadowy government organizations and a world unseen by the public, and schools for the unique of talent. While not a book about super heros and super villains , The Rook certainly takes cues from X-Men.

    Susan Duerden is one hell of a voice actor, but she fails at the narrative. Her voice switches into a repetitive cadence, strangely melodic and robotic, that sounds strangely like a high level text to speech algorithm. The words are there but the inflection is the same, regardless of content. Its strange and annoying. Early in the book, when narrative parts extend minutes, I found myself annoyed, which is unusual for me as I'm not the most demanding of listeners. Fortunately, as more characters are introduced, Susan Duerden spends less time in her repetitive robo-speak.

    That said, for a rookie writer, Daniel O' Malley proves himself a worthy read. About the only complaint I had is it seemed that every character of substance was described as being "Beautiful"... how many beautiful people can occupy a single novel? ;)

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    spencer west jordan, UT, United States 08-30-12
    spencer west jordan, UT, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    197
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Extraordinary femal protagonist"

    First a confession. I normally shy away from female protagonists. In fantasy worlds they so often end up as either the ultra sexy master of everything caricature of femininity or a man that the author insists on referring to as "she". Myfanwy however is neither of these stereotypes. She is a highly competent and complex character that is powerful enough to be the main character of a fantasy novel, but maintains realistic human limitations as well as distinctly feminine characteristics. I know and love woman just like her and it was wonderful to read about a woman like that taking on extraordinary circumstances in a fantasy world.

    I must also recognize the wonderful job done by the narrator Susan Duerden, this was one of those times when narrator and story were perfectly matched.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 05-21-12
    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    30
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    147
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Listen"
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    This book had everything. Suspense, originality, And a Dr Who kind of kookiness.


    What other book might you compare The Rook to and why?

    Not sure. It was suggested to me after liking the Hunger Games but there is more humour and supernatural elements. I told my husband it was like a dr who episode told by the shopoholic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, the first chapter was so well written I've gone back to listen to it again. But all the scenes have such a sense of place and suspense, I have no idea how he kept it up throughout the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When we find out how the herine lost her memory. I thought it was going to be just a simple reveal but it was quite heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy. I will definitely listen to this a second time. The only downside is I'll be waiting two years for the next installments.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eugene 05-15-12
    Eugene 05-15-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great listen to an interesting story"
    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, captivating, quirky


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character


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

    Accents and and she is very emotive with her voice. Does the characters well.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Larry WINCHESTER, VA, United States 05-04-12
    Larry WINCHESTER, VA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the best books in a long time"
    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful Captivating Entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rook?

    Rook Thomas is suck into a flesh cube and is struggling to hold on.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The story was all about Rook Thomas, but I can't wait for the follow up and hopefully we get more graphtor info


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Amnesia can be deadly.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't right reviews normally, but this is one that was so good I had to.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 03-25-15
    Amazon Customer JOHNSON CITY, TN, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the most irritating narrater EVER"

    I have only made it through part of the first chapter , i listened to parts of some later chapters and it doesn't get better. The narrator has a sing song cadence that is really annoying. I have tried to get into the book and hope that Ill stop noticing this. Im giving it another little bit. I wonder why theres not some quality control for this.
    If I can't get past this i'll return the book.and read it the old fashioned way!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bruce Goddard 08-28-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exception to the Genre"
    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Liz Mller 08-27-12
    Liz Mller 08-27-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful! Hope there are more."

    Something new and different. I hope this is the beginning of a series. The reader was great too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eivind New York, New York 08-01-12
    Eivind New York, New York 08-01-12 Listener Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    569
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    544
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    70
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great find"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.