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The Rook

Written by: Daniel O'Malley
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
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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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Love it

This is my favourite book. I’ve listened to it multiple times. The storyline is well thought out and fun. Starting with the main character standing in the rain surrounded by bodies, with no memory.

It’s great fun to read how she then tries to piece a life together with all the strange happenings. I don’t want to give anything away.. I just love the story.

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Best book I’ve listened to in quite awhile.

This book is amazing!!!! Easily my favourite book I’ve listened to in quite awhile, I couldn’t put it down! I can’t say much about without giving away spoilers, but if your on the fence about buying this book, I would 100% recommend it!

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Good book with a great narrator

I was referred to this book by someone, and it is quite different from what I would usually find myself listening to or reading. Despite that, I found it to be an interesting story with a unique premise. Furthermore, the narrator does an amazing job of giving all the characters their own unique presence.
great production overall

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Enjoyed!

I enjoyed both the storey and the reader, I’ll be looking for other books by this author.

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Myfanwy-like-Tiffany

A woman suddenly comes into consciousness in a park, surrounded by dozens of dead people all wearing blue latex gloves. She has no memory of how she got there, or how they got there, or even what her name is.

Luckily for her, the person who was in possession of her body last wrote her a letter and left it in her pocket. It explains that her name is Myfanwy Thomas and that she is in danger. The previous owner of the body when to a lot of trouble to prepare her predecessor for what is to come, and it is this way that Myfanwy is able to escape the scene until she can wrap her head around what to do.

Her letter goes on to tell her that she is a Rook to the Checquy group, a supernatural secret agent type organization that was designed to protect the citizens of the UK. It gives her a brief run down of what has happened to her the past few months, and explains that she must quickly make a decision. She has provided two possible lifes for this new Myfanwy to live if she so chooses. One in her old life in the organization, even though it will be dangerous as there is clearly at least one traitor in the place trying to kill her; or she can simply escape the country, assume a brand new identity and live a simple but comfortable life.

Guess which one she picks. Wouldn't be much of a story if she went for the simple life!

Myfanwy provided a very vast and detailed explanation of her day to day life, which comprised pretty much entirely of her job. It's enough that she is able to return to work with no suspicion from her other colleagues, so she is able to try and figure out who the mole is.

It was really interesting to watch Myfanwy try to impersonate herself, although clearly she wasn't doing a great job. The current Myf is sarcastic and dry, judging the crap out of her predecessor, and it was very entertaining to read. It was much relief to a lot of the world building that happened. The author used the letters for this purpose, which was smart because there was a lot to get through. It was tedious at times, and I think that is where the audiobook really saved the day for me. The narrator was fantastic, and was able to interpret the different personalities of the two Myfanwy's so well.

I am not the biggest fan of supernatural beings in the real world as a type of story, but I enjoyed this story very much. Lots of action and adventure and sass. My kind of book.

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