The Rook : The Checquy Files

  • von Daniel O'Malley
  • Sprecher: Susan Duerden
  • Serie: The Checquy Files
  • 17 Std. 51 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.


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Such a pity!

Würden Sie The Rook noch mal anhören? Warum?

I'd like to listen to the book again, but certainly with somebody else reading it.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Love this quirky story. It's quite absurd, but has wonderful ideas in it: a person consisting of four siblings; a person loosing their memory permanenty prepares by copious letters and notes left for herself after the memory loss; a government institution naming the different positions by chess figures with the exception of king and queen, because these titles are taken in the U.K., the ever present standard operating procedures, just to name a few. It's not quite like "the untied kingdom", but both are full of strange ideas and twists and turns, which makes this book very likeable.

Was mochten Sie nicht am Vortrag von Susan Duerden?

Susan Duerden has a beautiful lilt in her voice and a wealth of different voices for different characters. However, as soon as she is narrating, she has a dull repeating speech pattern within her sentences, which simply doesn't make sense relative to the content she's reading. Isn't there a director telling her to stop this dreadfully dull singsong? At the latest by mid audiobook you'd like to shake her and force her to just read the book already as it is meant to be told.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

This is fine light reading, to me it was a pity that I had to strive reading on with this awful way of narrating.

Lesen Sie weiter...

- nanikabayliss

Great story after the first half

The most amazing of all was the narrator! No words to explain how good she is! She managed to have tens of different voices and accents in the story! Very impressive!

Otherwise I have kinda mixed feelings about the book. The story itself is quite good if you succeed to go through the first half. My husband and I were getting kinda bored at the beginning and there was way too many details that we found unnecessary. Just when we thought we might never finish the story, it got so exciting that we absorbed the rest of the book quickly. We then understood that the detailed part at the beginning was more or less needed (it could have been slightly reduced though) to make us emerge into the characters' world and fully understand the conflicts.
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Maria Petrova

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.03.2012
  • Verlag: Hachette Audio