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
I have a listening addiction.
This book was an enjoyable listen. The Narrator was great at handling all the characters' voices as they spanned the range of American, British, & European. The story line was on a teen level; I place this book in the range of author Garth Nix - Teen rated, yet interesting enough for adults. The plot centers around a young woman working for a secret government agency that uses people with special abilities to combat supernatural events. She wakes up with no memory and attempts to rebuild her life.This book is in the fantasy / scifi category and yet will appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery.
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.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
absolutely, I already have. Really a creative story line, good characters, and great performance. It was a book that both my husband and I enjoyed.
The creativity of the work that Daniel has created.
no I have not.
The description sounded interesting but I have to confess I was a little hesitant. The amnesia aspect worried me as I could easily see how badly that could be mishandled and either made meaningless, annoying, ridiculous,etc...
BUT instead I thought it was done really well. In fact the mystery of self discovery (of who she "IS" vs who she "WAS") intertwining with the main plot events, etc.... all worked to make a really good listen.
Pleasant voice to listen to but somewhat hard to understand at times.
No. Too many characters and hard to follow at times. Spent a lot of time listening to parts over and over.
Maybe an abridged copy would have been easier to follow.
What can I say, I loved this book. I hope there will be more. It was clever, interesting and funny. My only criticism is that I wanted more.
every day is a busman's honeymoon
Excellent narration voicing an engaging story with a strong female protagonist enveloped in a great setting. My only quibble is a matter of taste, some of the villains icked me out- all tentacles and goo. But like I said, it's just a matter of taste and does not detract at all from a great story. It reminded me a bit of Katherine Neville's most excellent, "The Eight."
It's a very good stand alone story, but a will happily listen to the sequel when available.
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This book was super creative. I haven't read anything with a similar story line. The only thing that I wish was that there wasn't so much introduced toward the very end. I would rather the book have been a bit longer and things toward the end be fully descriptive and explained, rather than crammed in at the end.
I love the opening scene. It draws you in immediately and I was trying to figure out the mystery from page 1.
The narrator did an excellent job of making voices that suited all the characters.
This one sort of got off to an awkward start. We are given that old protagonist with amnesia, and for me it felt really lame at first. This book took a while to get started and a while to capture my interest. But once things started to be explained and revealed, I got hooked. The concept isn't totally original, but it was well thought-out. I took a long time to warm up to the protagonist as well, but I eventually did care about her. I think this must be a new author who isn't yet adept at grabbing a reader's attention. He does have a lot of good content in his book, but needs to work on establishing a hook early on in the story. In summary: this wasn't the best book I've ever read, but it also wasn't bad. If there was a sequel I would probably buy it.
No. Payoff doesn't match the time investment.
Someone who doesn't deliver every sentence in the same meter and end it with the same rise in tone no matter the message.
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