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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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    John R. Sturtevant 12-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Exciting, New


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    A mix of Sci Fi and Crime Drama. Very entertaining and enjoyable. Can't wait for another book from this author.

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    PolarBR 12-12-12
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    "Good entertainment"
    What did you love best about The Rook?

    It was a fluid and entertaining story with good doses of humor and a creative setting


    What did you like best about this story?

    interesting concept about how a different individual can emerge out of a total memory loss situation.


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

    no


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

    can you become a different person after losing your memory?


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, and great entertainment, highly recommended

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    Adam Houston, TX, United States 12-12-12
    Adam Houston, TX, United States 12-12-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


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

    Very unusual story


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Good voices


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

    Laughed out loud many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't want to stop listening

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    Nom de Plume 12-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Don't wait--listen to this book"

    Extremely entertaining and made even better by Susan Duerden's narration. Can't wait for a sequel.

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    Joel MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 12-03-12
    Joel MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent Book"

    I really really liked the Rook. Great plot, great characters. Ms. Duerden was very good. I hope O'Malley give us another!

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    Annie USA 12-02-12
    Annie USA 12-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Okay if you can stick it out...."

    The story was fine. I had two problems with this book 1) they "told" more story than was lived. This was especially true for the first part of the book... so it was a bit slow and then in the end rushed to tie all the loose ends together (annoying). 2) The narrator had a cadence and lilt that drove me insane.. it took half the book for me to be able to "listen through" to hear the story rather than the narration. The best way to describe it was "sing songy"... ugh...However, the story hook was good and I hung in there to find out what would happen to our heroine.

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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 11-30-12
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lured In By Reviews, Hooked On The Story"

    I found this audiobook when it was on sale. It had excellent reviews by my fellow Audible listeners. I usually stick with certain authors, but for the price, I figured how bad could it be. I was hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't wait for to find out how the story ends, then when it did, I wanted more.

    The book throws you into the action from the start. I was afraid that the story was going to the Bourne Identity with a female protagonist, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a story with a great heroine with just the right mix of action, Sci-Fi, and suspense.

    When i later read that this was Daniel O'Malley's first book, I was even more impressed. From what I have read, this may turn into another series. I look forward to reading more about Myfanwy.

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    Tony 11-29-12
    Tony 11-29-12
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    "TOBLERONE ??"

    It's always nice to see the birth of a new series especially one that offers the possibility of great variety. Yes it is an all encompassing supernatural theme but it is done with panache and wonderful humour. Daniel O'Malley utilizes a terrific literary device to complete the entire background for this and future novels. It is an espionage novel with a very lovable and funny heroine and with plenty of 'nasties' good and bad !! Some reviews have had a negative opinion of the narrator, Susan Duerdon, and I could not disagree more. She delivers the narrative with excellent diction, the breadth of voices for both males and females is brilliant and her timing for the humour is spot on! Great job.
    Loved it as a fabulous diversion!!!!

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    Taunter Waite Park, MN 11-24-12
    Taunter Waite Park, MN 11-24-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Extraordinary and hopefully the first of several!"

    This book was actually recommended by Kevin Hearne (author of the Iron Druid Chronicles.) I'm so thankful I took his recommendation and downloaded it! This book kept me enthralled the whole time I listened to it - a very "meaty" story without being overladen with pointless descriptions. Daniel O'Malley creates a very believable and fascinating world and I found myself emotionally attached to the main character (something that doesn't often happen to me when reading urban fantasy.) Just enough humor to keep some of the more intense sections of the story from being too dakr and enough serious storyline to keep history buffs like myself satisfied. LISTEN to this - you won't regret it!

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    Morgan Altadena, CA, United States 11-02-12
    Morgan Altadena, CA, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining Tongue-in-Cheek Supernatural Thriller"

    The Rook is a nicely-structured story that crazily mixes elements of The Bourne Supremacy, the X-Men, Harry Potter, and Dirk Gently into one very entertaining tale. While the logic of the story (and the world that it takes place in) is often pretty tenuous, the humor saves it again and again.

    And yet, it is not a comedy. People die, sometimes horribly. Terrible things have happened to Myfanwy Thomas, and continue to happen as she tries desperately to fit into the life she no longer remembers.

    Part of the fun of the book is discovering the secret world of which Myfanwy is a part. In this, it is not unlike the Harry Potter books (though crossover fandom should be restricted to adults -- those Belgians can construct an awe-inspiringly vulgar threat when they're pissed.)

    Some of the story feels slightly tacked-on, with only a tenuous connection to the plot. A long passage dealing with a dragon's egg and another dealing with a fortune telling duck are the most memorable hiccups, though both do add small details to the overall story.

    The construction of the narrative, in which the actions of the present are periodically interrupted by letters from pre-amnesia Myfanwy to post, sometimes grates a bit, but nothing is unforgivable, really.

    I loved Susan Duerden's narration. She conveyed the turbulent emotions of the main character quite well, and provided some very entertaining character voices (particularly the aforementioned crazy Belgian).

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