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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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Great fun

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

I loved the performance of the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

It's great fun, action movie style.

Which scene was your favorite?

The big reveal in the end.

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Really bad performance

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book? Yes. The audiobook? No, not by this narrator, at least.

What did you like best about this story?

Very intriguing.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

Honestly, not sure.

Did The Rook inspire you to do anything?

Return it.

Any additional comments?

From what I listened too, the story was very good, and very intriguing. I did not, however, finish the book. The narration was really, really bad.

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Enjoyable listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they like this genre, I would definitely recommend this book. It kept me interested throughout. The author created an interesting sub rosa world.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the structure of the world the main character inhabited, the jobs she did, her co-workers and mystery the pulled the story forward.

Any additional comments?

I liked the reader overall but she doesn't do male voices well.

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  • Katrina
  • ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
  • 03-02-13

Horrible narrator and sound problems

What disappointed you about The Rook?

The pitch of the narrator's voice and the tinny sound of the recording, I could not get past the second chapter it was too off-putting. :(

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  • D. Porter
  • Galesburg, il United States
  • 02-24-13

Wonderful. Hope he continues the story.

Kept me guessing throughout. Would like to see more of this storyline to be written.

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  • Lori
  • APO, AP, United States
  • 02-06-13

When can I get the next one???

Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Love this book! Love the narration - her accents and voice for different characters is fantastic. I love urban fantasy and this book has an interesting take on the supernatural. THe mystery and the premise of the book will keep you entertained. Highly recommend.

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Brilliant and unexpected

Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Rook ranks at the top of the audiobooks I've purchased in 2012. I found it fresh, fun, and unexpected. Sort of a men-in-black with supernatural creatures instead of aliens.

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  • brandon
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 01-31-13

Good twist on a age old story hook.

You wake up not knowing a thing about yourself. Stick you hands in your pockets and pull out a letter addressed to yourself. "Hi, You're Me. By the way. I knew this was going to happen and I made plans." ~Yourself.

The Rook is not your typical sci-fi, fantasy, who done it mystery. It does a good job at explaining the world of the Checquy and the world in which it resides. It also leaves you with a sense of "I wonder what they don't know about." Without giving away too much. things are not explained only because ... well they can't be. ... yet. They just are and humans haven't been able to figure out the particulars.

A great change from most of the books I've read and listened too. I picked up the audio book on a whim. I just read the blurb, and a few of the comments. Susan Durden did a great job and was most entertaining when voicing reactions to, slime, spores and a Mallard? The Fowl is by far one of the greatest point of the book. It was well worth the credit and well worth full price.I hope Daniel O'Malley continues to write about the Checguy. I will pick it up in a heartbeat.

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Great story line, really annoying narration.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you can stand to listen to this woman the story is very good. But the narrator is so sing-song & ends every sentence with an upward inflection. Almost like a British valley girl.

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

The narrator ends every sentence as if it a question. There's no period, just a comma.

Was The Rook worth the listening time?

Yes

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Fun, clever, and twisted.

Original characters combined with a heck of a mystery made this one of my favourite listens of 2012.