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
Yes. I have already recommended it to several friends.
I actually laughed out loud a few times.
Tell us about yourself! Retired School Principal and love mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction print and audio books.
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......
The characters and the premise of the story
She did an awesome job !!! Really drew you into the story and characters.
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.
Was extremely sorry to come to the end of the book. It would be great if the author wrote a sequel or two.
Surprisingly good listen
Entering the fungus infested house
Can't say without giving away the plot
I laughed out loud many, many times. I'm sure other drivers thought I was nuts.
This was a nice light story that combined a good story with excellent characters. Given the content you need to suspend disbelief at a few points, but overall it was well worth the credit.
One of the better books I've listened to recently. I was initially turned off by the narrator, but she very quickly grew on me, and I ended up loving her by the end of the book.
good story line exciting to the end read well
brought life to characters
I'm not a huge fan of spy thrillers, but throw in a few monsters and a fantasy twist to the secret agent genre and you have the imaginative world of the Rook. The main character has lost her memory, and is guided by letters from her former self - an interesting variation on memory loss. The letters from the "former self" are a nice way to explain the backdrop of a world where monsters are mixed in with society and mutant children with super powers are raised to positions in a secret government agency. The main character is a young woman who gradually becomes aware of her own powers - both personal and supernatural - and the author does a good job of expanding the character throughout the story. The Rook isn't quite like anything else I've read - and I liked it much better than I expected to. If you like fantasy in the modern world with humor and adventure mixed in, you'll enjoy the Rook. If the author writes more books about these characters I will definitely read/listen to them -- but if not, the Rook was a satisfying story on its own. It's nice to find a book that can stand alone and isn't automatically the set up for a series or a trilogy in the making. This was a very enjoyable listen -one I might actually listen to again!
I only got 5 hours in before I had to stop; story progresses too slow. The mysterious nature of the main character's amnesia made it difficult to form a bond with her and subsequently I did not care for her situation. The narrator didn't help either, she was overzealous at times (mainly when she was irritated at something). It's possible that the book gets a lot better but after the first 5 hours I couldn't take anymore.
I thought it was an enjoyable book, the mystery wasn't all the only thing I really didn't like is the interruptions here and there where one chapter would stop in the middle of something exciting and the next was something completely different, and then it would get back to what you were listening to the chapter before last.
I wanted to enjoy this book but really couldn't. It's like a mash up Jasper Fforde's zaniness and China Meiville's altered reality. I wanted it to work but it just seemed to drag on forever with countless flash backs and forwards. I listened to this on 30 hour car trip and it kept me awake. That's about my highest praise. I sure will not buy the follow up.
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