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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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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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  • Eivind
  • New York, New York
  • 08-01-12

A great find

This is a good book and I recommend it. It is well written, funny and clever and the narrator is quite pleasing to listen to.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A Wonderful Find

If J. K. Rowling had written an adult level book about the Ministry of Magic, especially the Auror department, it would be a lot like this--except no one in The Rook needs a wand to use their unique powers. This story is humorous, action-packed, filled with world-building detail, and populated with many interesting characters that I hope to get to know better in future books. O'Mally was able to create a very interesting way of handling a character with amnesia so that it isn't at all like anything I've read before and made me care very much about the main character--both in her before and after manifestations.

As good as it is, there is room for improvement as this writer continues to grow. The Rook ended with extended double denouments of too much talk and, while very interesting and humorous, some insertions of letters from "Thomas" broke up the pacing. Also, like many such books, I felt there were one or two too many harrowing moments packed into too short a span--but that's just me. A couple of times the action became a little silly--Myfanwy trying to answer her phone--and I feared it was devolving into farce, but those few moments passed and the humor returned to clever rather than silly. Still, overall this is a very good story that is well written and worth every minute of listening time.

The narrator did a very good job, in my opinion. Some reviewers complain about the sing-song nature of her voice, but I found it to be a lovely and lyrical accent. I must admit that the narrator's tone was so even and matter-of-fact at times that I nearly missed the fact that what she was saying was humorous, but it only meant I needed to pay closer attention to words because if my mind drifted I might miss something.

All in all, this is a great beginning to a new series--please let it be a series!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Denver, Co
  • 03-31-12

Pure fun

Would you listen to The Rook again? Why?

Very seldom am I tempted to listen to a story again. Though I know the second time, when enough time has elapsed, can be pretty good. Rook would be on the list for consideration, though next time I may read it. I was not as impressed by the delivery of the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the interesting world the author created, and the uniqueness of the superhero like characters.

What three words best describe Susan Duerden’s performance?

reading grocery list

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the very beginning, surrounded by bodies and no memory. Fun and gripping.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 05-21-12

Excellent Listen

What did you love best about The Rook?

This book had everything. Suspense, originality, And a Dr Who kind of kookiness.

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

Not sure. It was suggested to me after liking the Hunger Games but there is more humour and supernatural elements. I told my husband it was like a dr who episode told by the shopoholic.

Which scene was your favorite?

Honestly, the first chapter was so well written I've gone back to listen to it again. But all the scenes have such a sense of place and suspense, I have no idea how he kept it up throughout the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When we find out how the herine lost her memory. I thought it was going to be just a simple reveal but it was quite heartbreaking.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy. I will definitely listen to this a second time. The only downside is I'll be waiting two years for the next installments.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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great listen to an interesting story

If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, captivating, quirky

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main character

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

Accents and and she is very emotive with her voice. Does the characters well.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Larry
  • WINCHESTER, VA, United States
  • 05-04-12

One of the best books in a long time

If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful Captivating Entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rook?

Rook Thomas is suck into a flesh cube and is struggling to hold on.

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

The story was all about Rook Thomas, but I can't wait for the follow up and hopefully we get more graphtor info

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

Amnesia can be deadly.

Any additional comments?

I don't right reviews normally, but this is one that was so good I had to.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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the most irritating narrater EVER

I have only made it through part of the first chapter , i listened to parts of some later chapters and it doesn't get better. The narrator has a sing song cadence that is really annoying. I have tried to get into the book and hope that Ill stop noticing this. Im giving it another little bit. I wonder why theres not some quality control for this.
If I can't get past this i'll return the book.and read it the old fashioned way!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Howard
  • Cumberland, MD, United States
  • 08-22-13

Sometimes I get lucky. This is one of those times!


The Rook is a wonderful book. Just enough strangeness and mystery to keep you wanting to hear more and not needing to make crib notes about which dastardly evil entity Rook Thomas is facing.

The Rook starts out with someone waking up with amnesia and finding they have a sudden choice to make, assume their old life or abandon it and start totally over. Fortunately Ms. Myfanwy Thomas, decides to resume her existing life after her memory was rebooted and takes us all along on an enjoyable journey. We discover the many wonders and challenges she faces as a domestic section chief of a secret 'government' agency charged with protecting Brittan from abnormals. It is a challenging task with some great twists and turns O'Mally deftly switches between monsters du jour and the letters from her old self helping to teach Myfanwy about whom she was/is, the life she led, and how it all helps her face this day's challenges.

Daniel O'Malley has written a solid first novel and a great foundation that could support one or a half dozen more. The pacing of The Rook kept me enjoying every passing minute, especially with the detours of the letters from ‘Me’ to ‘You,’ Myfanwy's prior and post memory reboot alter egos. O'Mally moves these passages along and, although they suddenly leave one story arc, I don't remember ever wishing he would just hurry up and get back to the main plot.

Whoever selected Susan Duerden to narrate this book is an absolute genius. She is a perfect Myfanwy Thomas and has such an ability to bring each of O'Malley's characters solidly to life (even the slimly / barely alive ones)! I am looking forward to enjoying the work of each of these artists again and again (including an instant replay of The Rook).

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A truly inventive and fun story!

I read this book in print last year and fell in love with it. I chose this book as my inaugural Audible purchase precisely because I had read the book and because I enjoyed it so much. I wanted to see what listening to the book would add to the experience.

In terms of the story itself, it will be very hard for you to find a genre-bending story that is more inventive than The Rook. The story is fast-paced, well-written, and chock full of fascinating characters with fascinating stories and abilities. The plot starts off strong and holds your attention throughout. The story is part murder mystery, part thriller, part fantasy. O'Malley is great at developing both the story line and the characters, and I appreciated the wry humor here and there. He also does a great job describing things that are hard to describe, specifically some of the more fantastical characters, objects, and capabilities of said characters and objects. This has the effect of really drawing you into his world.

Others reviewing here and on amazon.com have provided a plot synopsis, so I won't do that here. I do strongly believe that if you like thrillers, but aren't into fantasy, or vice versa, you should definitely give this story a try. It is a thoroughly satisfying read!

In terms of the narration, while I feel it was generally good, there were a couple of features of the narration itself that did detract from the story. The narrator's voice (or choice of voice) had a breathy quality, and she often ended sentences or phrases with a shift downward in tone. The problem was that this technique was used too much. Unfortunately I was unable to get used to it. During the quieter times in the story line, it got a little distracting. I also found her characterizations of the Belgians to be overly grating. I appreciate that it may be difficult for a woman to perform a voice characterization of a Belgian man having a hissy fit, and also appreciate the need to differentiate a wide variety of voice characterizations from a variety of cultures, but I just wanted her to be done when she was voicing just about all of the Belgians.

Please, please, please, do not let that dissuade you, however! My boyfriend also listened to this book, and he did not have the same reaction to those aspects of the performance as I did. The book is more than worth your time and credits / money. Very highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful