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The Rook Audiobook

The Rook: A Novel

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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

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    A. D. Mcrae 09-28-12
    A. D. Mcrae 09-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Fresh, Funny, Fast"

    This book was refreshing from start to finish. The performance superb, story fun and easy to listen to. Glad I read it. Would love to have more from the author, continuation of the Rook perhaps...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian TUCSON, AZ, United States 09-20-12
    Brian TUCSON, AZ, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is exactly what I want in a book!"
    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to rank in my top 5 audiobooks of all time! This book above all others allows me to experience almost exactly what the main character is experiencing. The amnesia opening allows us to discover a world with the character and with the same sense of wonder and suspicion as the character in the book. The performance choice could not have been better. I've listened to several books with Susan Duerden and I'm never dissapointed with her narration. Her voices and accent bring me into a world that feels alive and vibrant.


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    Karin Missouri, United States 09-17-12
    Karin Missouri, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2014

    specklesmama

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    "Unusual supernatural mystery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I found this a fun, different kind of story with a good mystery to it. There were times when things were a little bit of a stretch (well, other than the supernatural bent to it anyway). But I liked it anyway.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the ending a lot. I wasn't sure who "the bad person" really was until the very end.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Do you think The Rook needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There could be; the story lends itself to possible sequels. But it also stands alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Wertz 09-17-12
    Lee Wertz 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    Story engaging and original.


    What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s voice?

    Great voice. Did a good job with characters, except the lead. Rook Thomas comes off as a petulant school girl. Rook Thomas may be confused but she is not dumb.


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    Electic Chef USA 09-17-12
    Electic Chef USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2016

    Eclectic Chef

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    "Utterly Ridiculous"
    What would have made The Rook better?

    I downloaded this book thinking it was another book with a similar name. This to me was just silly and got sillier by the minute. I didn't finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Elizabeth George. She writes well, understands human nature and isn't ever silly.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure. There was nothing wrong with the narrotors skils. The content was the problem.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rook?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Won't make this mistake again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 09-15-12
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2012

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    "original and fun mystery"

    The Rook melds some of the classics: an amnesiatic woman trying to figure out who she is; a parallel supernatural world that we regular people are carefully shielded from; and a powerful spy agency that can command the queen. Then dry humor and absurd situations are stirred in. Magical!

    The story itself alternates between current-day sleuthing of the above-mentioned amnesiac, who wakes up with a series of written clues and the warning to find the traitor who did that to her before she is attacked again, and the letters she wrote of her research before she was stricken. The situations are fun, the clues are subtle in the telling (partially because the parallel world is so stunning) and obvious in retrospect - everything fits together. I took some points off because the duck scene just serves to advance one plot point and because of the (illuminating) "villain explains all at the end" issue.

    The narrator has a fun voice that works well when she is voicing the main character, but her narration voice sounds almost like an android; she has a particular two-part cadence, with pauses built in even where there probably aren't commas, that she uses for the entire book. It is distracting and lulling at the same time.

    All in all, I sped through this book because I was so interested in what happened next. I hope there is a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicky MUNSTER, IN, United States 09-13-12
    Nicky MUNSTER, IN, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Internet Ninja, Chainmaille Wizard, Atheist and all around Geek.

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    "A good listen"
    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am rather new to audio books at the moment but overall i enjoyed this one. The quality on a smart phone was not superb but it was loud enough and easy to understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gestalt is a very unique character concept that i have not yet encountered in a sci-fy / fantasy setting.


    What aspect of Susan Duerden’s performance would you have changed?

    There are a few times the characters mumble or she uses a very British accent, it would be nice if that was more distinct.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book did have moments of making me laugh, drawing looks from my wife.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is quite thrilling and keeps you wanting to listen. At times it was hard to work due to the book drawing me deeply in.

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    Theresa ZIONSVILLE, IN, United States 09-13-12
    Theresa ZIONSVILLE, IN, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG I love this book"

    I was looking for a new book and i found it . we need more like this one thanks this was great .

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    devon frisco, TX, United States 09-10-12
    devon frisco, TX, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, excellent narration."
    Would you listen to The Rook again? Why?

    Yes. I have already recommended it to several friends.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually laughed out loud a few times.


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    Sherry 09-09-12
    Sherry 09-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.

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    "Awesome Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    At least as good and since it is audible you can do other things while listening which you cannot do while reading -- such as drive your daily commute to and from work, prepare dinner in the kitchen, mow the lawn, etc......


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the premise of the story


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She did an awesome job !!! Really drew you into the story and characters.


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

    When Rook Thomas reconnected with her sister and the ending when she was happy with her life and had become the best of both her personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    Was extremely sorry to come to the end of the book. It would be great if the author wrote a sequel or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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