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!
I'd like to listen to the book again, but certainly with somebody else reading it.
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.
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.
This is fine light reading, to me it was a pity that I had to strive reading on with this awful way of narrating.
Great story after the first half
- Maria Petrova