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
This story was awesome: a little bit of this, a little bit of that.
Golly, it's a little bit X-Men (though not in a comic book way), a little mystery, a little sci-fi
Her voices for our two mains was excellently nuanced.
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Check this one out! Recommended to nigh-anyone!
I couldn't get past the first few pages because of the quirky sing-song narration. It just became more and more irritating to me as it went along. The plot of the book is interesting enough to earn it a spot on my reading list though. It's it possible to return an audiobook?
So yes, this is a book about humans who have special powers because of their mutated genes, who are brought up in a special school where they are trained to be elite government operatives. And no, it's really nothing like the X-Men.
With absurd characters, bizarre but exciting situations, and a narrator who has no idea who she is, except a smart-ass, this book will have anyone entertained right to the end.
I really liked the story. I thought it was very ingenious to use letters to fill in the back story. I found I had a hard time not listening straight through.
As a fan of sci-fi/fantasy writing, I found Rook to be a pleasant departure from the typical fare. The book takes advantage of the superpowers and intrigue one would expect, while also addressing the more "realistic" aspects to running a top-secret supernatural organization. The main character, who suffers from a particularly virulent form of amnesia allows the author to explain the complex world inhabited by the book's characters - We learn about Myfanwy Thomas's life as she does.
Absolutely worth the read.
Very well-written and entertaining. First half is more of a mystery, establishes the alternate world history and second half is very funny as the story and the main character settle in. Narrator took a little getting used to at the beginning with the slightly unusual cadence but I got used to it quickly and her performance was exceptional. There was a scene with dentists in the second half that made me laugh out loud and I was listening on the subway at the time. Looking forward to more stories from O'Malley and will check out other books narrated by Duerden.
I'm usually fairly hard to please, but this book won me over in the first chapter! It's Borne Identity mixed with the quirky creativity of JK Rowling. Witty yet serious, inspired and expertly written--it's well worth 3 credits in my opinion. I am dying for the sequel!
The book was just right - perfect plot, story, humor and sarcasm! I usually don't read fantasy - I'm a historical fiction fanatic, but this has me wanting to change my genre. I also don't get into series, but I am praying he writes many more sequels to The Rook. It's everything a great story should be!
I recommend this book for any fiction lover, especially if you have leanings to sarcasm and just appreciate a well crafted, satisfying story without the love (or other) storyline cliches. I cannot say it enough - it is a brilliant story and had me listening at home, in the car, at work and in my headphones while cleaning!
I really loved this book. It was an all around great listen the writing was tight. The story was complete while at the same time paving the way for a sequel. It was funny and suspenful. The reader was perfect. I can't wait for the next book.
I will probably go to my local library and borrow this book and read it, although it's harder to do other things at the same time, which is why I love audiobooks. I couldn't listen past about 40 minutes, due to the narration. The narrator raises her tone at the end of almost EVERY sentence. The story was intriguing and I'd REALLY wanted to continue. My son and I listen to a lot of audiobooks together, and after a few minutes, he asked what was wrong with the narrator. I kept hoping that the strong lilt at the end of each sentence would stop but it didn't. It was distracting enough that I lost focus on the story. I would recommend listening to a sample before purchasing - maybe you won't have the same issues with the narration. I ended up returning the book, which I rarely do.
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