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The Rook Audiobook

The Rook: A Novel

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.
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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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    Janie 08-21-12
    Janie 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

    I have a listening addiction.

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    "A Decent Story, Excellent Narrator - Teen Feel"
    Would you listen to The Rook again? Why?

    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.


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    Brandyn VIENNA, VIRGINIA, United States 08-21-12
    Brandyn VIENNA, VIRGINIA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read! Too similar to X-men to be an original"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 08-20-12
    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009

    I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!

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    "humerous and mysterious"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity of the work that Daniel has created.


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

    no I have not.


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    Russell David Phillips 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Trobnor Spillguts

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    "Pleasantly surprised."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little hard to follow all the characters"
    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice to listen to but somewhat hard to understand at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too many characters and hard to follow at times. Spent a lot of time listening to parts over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe an abridged copy would have been easier to follow.

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    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 08-16-12
    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 08-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Smart, sarcastic!"

    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.

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    D.L.Sayers DeepInTheHeartOfTexasAccidentally 08-14-12
    D.L.Sayers DeepInTheHeartOfTexasAccidentally 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    every day is a busman's honeymoon

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    "Darn good listen"

    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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    EW Corydon,IN 08-13-12
    EW Corydon,IN 08-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Very Creative"
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the opening scene. It draws you in immediately and I was trying to figure out the mystery from page 1.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did an excellent job of making voices that suited all the characters.

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    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010

    fiction monster

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    "Fairly original"

    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.
    Cheers!

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    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 08-12-12
    Jerri Overland Park, KS, United States 08-12-12
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    "Seriously annoying narration quirks"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Payoff doesn't match the time investment.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

    Someone who doesn't deliver every sentence in the same meter and end it with the same rise in tone no matter the message.


    Was The Rook worth the listening time?

    Nope


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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