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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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    brandon Glendale, AZ, United States 01-31-13
    brandon Glendale, AZ, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Ahoy Mates. I be sailing the waves of sound. While I might not finish each voyage. Be sured that I arrive at port 80% of the time.

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    "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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    Mary 01-31-13
    Mary 01-31-13
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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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    MysteryL 01-31-13
    MysteryL 01-31-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Galen Oklahoma City, OK, United States 01-03-13
    Galen Oklahoma City, OK, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story and a fun read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    The Rook has a fun story line with a plot that moves along, is exciting, and not always predictable.


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    Dee United States 01-02-13
    Dee United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, loved the concept. Should b a series"

    Loved it overall, I found it to be entertainingly funny and suspenseful. The characters were intriguing and I wanted more. It should be a series.

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    Kate PRINCETON, NJ, United States 12-29-12
    Kate PRINCETON, NJ, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting and Awesome"

    "Rook" is such an original story. It takes amnesia and coming of age tropes and makes them exciting as the reader and the main character try to understand what is going on in this crazy book-world. I didn't want to stop listening and Susan Duerdan is a great narrator. Highly recommended.

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    Pamela Naperville, IL, United States 12-26-12
    Pamela Naperville, IL, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't bother with this one!"
    What was most disappointing about Daniel O'Malley’s story?

    The premise of this book wasn't bad, girl wakes up surrounded by dead bodies and finds notes from her pre-amnesiac self in all her clothes pockets explaining her background and how she has certain powers, is a high level administrator for a secret group that protects Britain from harmful supernatural beings. The problem is that it drags on and on...additional twists that keep her from finding out who is trying to harm her just seem to be thrown in for no apparent reason. If I hadn't been stuck in the car on a 16 hour road trip with nothing else to do I would have deleted this loser after an hour. However, we did arrive home safely despite the stupid story. At half the length, I might have hated it half as much. As it is, by the end I didn't care about any of the characters at all and if they had suddenly burst into flames I would have burst into applause.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

    Duerden does the character voice change acceptably, but her sing-song rhythm is so annoying it made me want to scream. She never varied her cadence, and you could set a metranome to her sentences.


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    Carrie Gray-wood SD, USA 12-21-12
    Carrie Gray-wood SD, USA 12-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Alpaca Wacka

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    "MIB meets Bridget Jones"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    This novel was great fun! If you're looking for a fast paced, supernatural mystery that will constantly leave you giggling with deadpan joke delivery, this fits the bill marvelously. I can't wait for more from O'Malley!


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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


    Any additional comments?

    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
    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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