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The Rook Audiobook

The Rook: A Novel

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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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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 07-08-12
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Clichés be damned!"

    Rook opens on a rather cliché note, amnesiac hero, who's tabla-rasa for any personal memories but retains her instincts. From the Bourne Identity beginning to an X-men like world, Daniel O' Malley dances along being trite to actually clever. Its a mish-mash of supernatural beings, shadowy government organizations and a world unseen by the public, and schools for the unique of talent. While not a book about super heros and super villains , The Rook certainly takes cues from X-Men.

    Susan Duerden is one hell of a voice actor, but she fails at the narrative. Her voice switches into a repetitive cadence, strangely melodic and robotic, that sounds strangely like a high level text to speech algorithm. The words are there but the inflection is the same, regardless of content. Its strange and annoying. Early in the book, when narrative parts extend minutes, I found myself annoyed, which is unusual for me as I'm not the most demanding of listeners. Fortunately, as more characters are introduced, Susan Duerden spends less time in her repetitive robo-speak.

    That said, for a rookie writer, Daniel O' Malley proves himself a worthy read. About the only complaint I had is it seemed that every character of substance was described as being "Beautiful"... how many beautiful people can occupy a single novel? ;)

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 08-01-13
    Paul 08-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Loved Everything, Except Two Things"

    I really did like this book! I wanted to like it a lot more, but two things brought it down. First, the narrator is really good, but during the parts of the book with no characters speaking, she gets very sing-songy and it drove me just a bit crazy (not hard to do) if I thought about it too much. I can't find it anywhere, but I swear she also did some narration on The Golden Compass audiobook. I like everything about her except that every sentence has to end going....uuuuup. This was actually more minor than the second thing.

    The second thing I couldn't get past was the antagonists, the grafters. Their capabilities are supposedly based on pure science, but they can do things that go far beyond the people who have super abilities! I LOVE science, so I was just unable to accept this concept of a totally secret group of people who have the scientific abilities attributed to them in the book. If the grafters had some supernatural leader that was channeling supernatural energy to make all of their stuff possible, I could even buy that, but to say it was pure science, bah! To say there were people who centuries ago could men who could craft flesh and organs with capabilities beyond what we have available even today, nope. For me, this all but ruined a really good book and since it is clear that they will have a part in a sequel, I doubt I'll be buying that either.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 04-27-13
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 04-27-13

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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    "Very intricate plot & character. Liked it a bunch."

    Another of those science-fiction-set-in-familiar-places-and-times like Halting State. Not centered on space or jump gates -- not even sure it is really science fiction.....but it is GOOD fiction and certainly not based in what we normally think of as reality. Unlike my usual reviews -- I'm not going to say a lot more about this one. No comparisons or discussion. You should listen to it because someone put an awful lot of thought and work into making this fascinating. They did quite the job of it. I also liked the narrator generally, but she has an intra-sentence rhythm that I found hard at times -- just saying for next time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Austin, TX, United States 07-02-12
    Sheila Austin, TX, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Sing Song cadence of the narrator really grates"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the story, but i am having trouble finishing it because of the cadence of the narrator.. it's level level up level level up is very annoying to me, but perhaps someone else wouldn't be bothered by it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    less artifice and more natural speaking. When she did characters, they were ok, but the general 3rd person narration was so repetative and sing-song, it just made me forget what she was saying.


    38 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Azita Saed KNOXVILLE, TN, US 08-04-15
    Azita Saed KNOXVILLE, TN, US 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator killed it for me."

    I had very high expectations for this book. The premise was intriguing and the plot was exciting. However, the reader's performance was extremely sub par. She alternated between the same three pitches in the same sequence for 95% of the sentences throughout. The predictability of her speech was so annoying that I was distracted from the plot and had a difficult time staying interested. I will have to buy the paperback to reread; I simply cannot listen to this woman again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A.Reader 04-08-15
    A.Reader 04-08-15
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    "I couldn't listen any longer"

    The book itself is ingenuis and I'm sure will be quite fun but the reader's speech pattern made me crazy. She has a lovely voice but the sing-song style with a lift and then drop at the end of Every. Single. Sentence. It was more than I could bear after a while.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jolanda 04-06-15
    Jolanda 04-06-15
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    "Great story but very annoying narrator"

    The story is a fun blend between Harry Potter, James Bond, and British humor. The ending is a little weak but the story lends itself to another novel.

    The narrator is capable of doing many voices but elected to be incredibly annoying with the main character and reading the story with no inflections. I highly recommend you listen first to a sample to see if you can handle it as it is like nails on a blackboard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 09-28-12
    Nancy Cleveland, TN, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Really Enjoyed This One!"

    I enjoy mystery/thrillers and sometimes enjoy a little scifi mixed in with the story. This one was just the right mix. If you have seen and like the new series Alphas, you will really enjoy this book. I liked the main character right away and was drawn right in to the story within the first 5 minutes (another requirement for a really good book). I had a hard time turning it off when I was listening as the story moved right along with enough twists and turns to keep you wondering what would happen next. If you want something a little different, this one is a great choice.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Goddard 08-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.

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    "Exception to the Genre"
    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both the author and the the narrator managed to pull me into a genre that generally has no appeal and it happened within the first minute or two.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The main character, Myfanwy, would, of course, be the favorite, but the author has done an incredible job with the unusual cast that inhabit this book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Mller 08-27-12
    Liz Mller 08-27-12
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    "Wonderful! Hope there are more."

    Something new and different. I hope this is the beginning of a series. The reader was great too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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