Audiobook Giveaway: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

15 03 2012


So, the Guilded Earlobe has now been posting Audiobook reviews for a little more than 15 months. The initial reason I started this blog was to share my love of audiobooks, and provide spoiler free reviews. I feel that while I have achieved my goal of sharing the love, I have yet to actually share an audiobook. I had planned to have my first giveaway in May, during my Zombie event, which I will be giving more details on soon, but fate intervened.

A few weeks ago, I was perusing the Dreamscape Audiobook, website, checking out the entry to Andrew Vachss That’s How I Roll. I had never actually listened to a Dreamscape Audiobook before, and was perusing what they had available, and discovered they would be producing an audio version of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. This book had been on my radar, but being that the print release had come and gone, I wasn’t sure whether or not an Audiobook version was actually going to be produced. So, I quickly sent a review copy request to Dreamscape.

Now, if your a blogger, you know that there is always a bit of trepidation about sending out a Review Copy request to a publishing company you have never dealt with before and have no real idea of whom to contact. You don’t ever want to feel entitled or come off as desperate. Yet, as someone who listens to and reviews on average of 15 Audiobooks a month, I rely heavily of review copies and my library to be able to afford other necessities like food and electricity.

As I was waiting for a reply from Dreamscape, The Rook became available on Audible, and I still had a credit so I, being an impatient creature, ended up downloading it. Of course, the next day I received an email from Dreamscape telling me my request had been approved and my copies were on its way. So, long story short. Now I have a shiny, unopened copy of The Rook. So, instead of letting it take up some space on my bookshelf, I decided, why not do my first giveaway!

Here is the Publisher Description of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.

“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Checquy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

My Review of The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.

Quick Thoughts: The Rook is one of the most fascinating Fantasies I have experienced in a long time, truly touching that sense of wonder as only the best Fantasies can. In many ways, this is the novel that JK Rowling’s should have wrote next, an adult fantasy that reminds us of those feelings we would get as a child  hiding under our blankets trying to read just one more chapter.

How To Enter:

Entering is quite easy. Just leave a comments here and answer the following question:

If you could have a supernatural ability, yet one that would not help you fight crime or save the world from evil, what would it be?

For example, my two superpowers would be to be able to change any liquid into cold, refreshing Dt. Dr. Pepper, and to be able to instantly get Donald Trump to shut up.

When leaving a comment, please include a way to allow me to contact you if you win. I will choose the winner using, although your wit and ability to make me laugh me give you good giveaway karma.

Also, while it is not needed to win, you can also achieve Good Social Media Karma by:

Following me on twitter at @guildedearlobe
Liking The Guilded Earlobe Facebook Page.
Friend me on Goodreads
Friend me on Facebook for witty Status Updates, pictures of my pets and blog updates.
Following Dreamscape Audio on Twitter @dreamscapeaudio
Following Daniel O’Malley on Twitter @denimalley
Following Myfanwy Thomas on Twitter @rookfiles
Liking Dreamscape Audio on Facebook
Liking The Rook by Daniel O’Malley on Facebook


This giveaway ends on Friday March 23. The Winner will be notified that weekend.



8 responses

15 03 2012
Laurie C

My supernatural power would be to win every book blog giveaway that I enter, starting now. Or, actually, no, let’s make it retroactive, too.

15 03 2012

Hm… it’s hard for me to imagine too many powers which couldn’t be used in some way to fight crime. (Turn a swimming pool into Dt. Dr. Pepper to catch a bad guy? Turn whisky into Dt. Dr. Pepper to stop drinking and driving? Turn an attempting murderer’s blood into Dt. Dr. Pepper? OK, I can’t think of a crime-fighting use for getting Trump to be quiet, other than the crime against humanity that is whatever comes out of his mouth.)

But, since I really want this audiobook: the superpowers to speed-read ridiculously fast (e.g. flip the mages) and speed-listen (not miss anything at, say, 10x speed). Maaaaybe those could be used to fight crime, but I’d be too busy reading and listening to everything on my to-read list. Runner-up: the superpower to make a vending machine accept my crumpled dollar bill, every time.

(I have done the “too impatient to wait, buy at Audible, then later a review copy arrives” dance a few times. Maybe I should give some things away…)

15 03 2012
Cathy (@greytfriend)

What a funny question! I think I’d have to go with being able to read my dogs’ minds, as long as I also have the power to turn it off so I can actually get some sleep sometimes, because I know my boy would keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get me up to pay attention to him! (In between his own naps, he is a greyhound, after all.) Thanks for the opportunity to win this book, I’m really looking forward to reading it and I had to return it to the library before I could get to it. As for karma, we’re already friends on twitter and I thought we were friends on goodreads, but I was remiss, but we are now. Thanks again,

Greytfriend216 at

18 03 2012

I want the one from Alphas which allows the guy to see the wireless signals,would save me a lot of money and have no more geographical restrictions which annoys me a lot.

18 03 2012

Here’s one – the ability to duplicate yourself as long as no one is looking. That way I could get everything done around my house in record time and still have some time to myself, maybe even with company. I could even use it as work as long as I could keep my door closed.

20 03 2012
Nikita Boston

Mine would probably be one of four things:
To read any book I want just by touching the cover.
To be some kind of human encyclopedia [kind of linked to the first]
To be able to make food appear just by thinking of it [would save me money, and time in the kitchen]
And to write at 600wpm :p So I can finish writing books and my story in record time.

23 03 2012
Tanya/ dog eared copy

I think the super power I would want would be the ability to understand, speak, read and write any language on command. Languages would include not only all live languages; but “dead ones,” obscure ones, computer languages and music (read, play, sing.) The idea of being able to have all those words, numbers and notes to express any shade of meaning and to understand it as well, would be incredible and wonderful!

23 03 2012

Congrats on the good fortune and making a new relationship with publisher. Loved the post and this sounds so interesting.

While I love your entry guidelines I fear I may not be cretive enough to amuse but here goes. I would like to have the power to instant travel but not time travel just like Star Trek transporting. Oh yes but no complications where I could end up like particle matter.

The other would play off of that and it would be the ability to turn objects into funds for those journeys.

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