• Stiletto

  • The Checquy Files, Book 2
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Checquy: a centuries-old covert organisation that protects the nation from supernatural threat. The Grafters: a centuries-old supernatural threat.

After centuries of rivalry and bloodshed, The Checquy and The Grafters are on the verge of joining forces and only one person has the supernatural skills to get the job done - Myfanwy Thomas. But as a wave of gruesome atrocities sweep London, old hatreds ignite and negotiations grind to a halt....

©2016 Daniel O’Malley (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Packed full of twists, O'Malley creates a lively and absorbing world." ( Daily Express on The Rook)

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  • Alice Holden
  • 01-06-17

Shame about the narration

The change in narrator was a bad decision and disappointing. Every time she mispronounced a name I mentally corrected her, which was distracting. However, more annoying was how she split sentances so the narrative didn't flow as well as it should and spoilt the action at times.
Story was good, but rambled a bit at times. I still found myself laughing out loud at parts and it was enjoyable, perhaps not quite as good as The Rook. I put that down to the narrator and if it had been read by the previous narrator and I'm sure it would've given it 5 stars all round.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-01-16

great story, shame about the narration

Being book two I expected the narrator to be the same, or to have at least read the first book. It was very grating that she miss pronounced a main characters name most of the way through.

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  • Steve
  • 09-26-16

Good story great sequel

Shame the narrator couldn't pronounce the names properly, as a big fan of the rook it made me cringe when she pronounced the names wrong. Myfawny is pronounced to sound like Tiffany, the chequey is pronounced sheckay not checkee.... and the grafters... oh hell. Speed the book up a bit for full enjoyment. She reads it really slowly.

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  • David Lurie
  • 05-14-17

Abysmal narration

As the other reviews state, Maggie Mash and the producers of this audiobook clearly didn't bother reading the first book... or even the first 5% of it, when it is explained how Myfanwy (Miffany, to rhyme with Tiffany) is pronounced and that she isn't Welsh. That really irritated me - although I did finish it - and I am now going to return this audiobook under Audible's guarantee and buy the US edition instead.

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  • B. Marchant Williams
  • 07-22-18

Good Second Book Terrible Accents

Overall I enjoyed the story and setting but the accents attempted by the narrator were frankly terrible and really brought you out of it

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  • Gryfynn
  • 09-28-17

Why on earth do people Switch a good narrator?

This wasn't as good as Daniel O'Malley's first book, but it was still a wonderfully invented story full of melds between science and magic that I, as a science fiction and fantasy fan really enjoyed. I can't wait for the next series installment.

However what the publisher and or author was thinking when they switched out the narrator they had for this one is beyond me. She didn't even bother to learn that Rook Thomas pronounces her first name as Miffany. She does not use the Welsh pronunciation, unless she decided to after the first book, in which case, it's the authors fault. She also didn't bother how to pronounce 'checquy', which in the first book it is explained that it comes from french influence. It is not pronounced 'checky'.

All these little inconsistancies make me spend part of my time shouting at the narrator while trying to enjoy my book, and I could have done without this.

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  • Antonyell
  • 10-14-16

not as good as the first book

having developed strong characters in the first book the author largely ignores these and focuses on new characters

performance wise some if the accents are rather off and the striking change of the accent of myfanwy is a shock having just listened to the first book. I'm pretty sure that there it explains that myfanwy is pronounced to rhyme with Tiffany and that she isn't in fact welsh!

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  • Stacy
  • 08-07-17

Please don't use this narrator for the third book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?
I adored The Rook, and I really enjoyed this too for the story but the narrator was awful. As mentioned elsewhere, she obviously did no research into the previous book and pronounced the main characters name wrong all the way though (its explained in the first book how and why its pronounced as it is) and gave her a Welsh accent when she is not Welsh. It was very distracting and annoying and I really hope that Daniel O'Malley or his team see these reviews and they do not use Maggie Mash again (the narrator of The Rook was perfect)

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  • Emma
  • 12-08-17

Never finished due to narrator

Would you try another book written by Daniel O'Malley or narrated by Maggie Mash?

I love the first book in this series, so will probably read the others in print.While Maggie Mash is not a bad narrator, I found it really annoying that she clearly hadn't read or researched the previous book in the series and kept pronouncing names wrong and giving Myfwany a terrible Welsh accent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-17

Awful Narration

It’s absolutely infuriating that the narrator wasn’t briefed on pronunciation in this book. In the first book there are really specific sections about Myfanwy’s name and how to say ‘the Chequey’, so its incredibly annoying that the narrator doesn’t do it here and makes Myfanwy a very awkward Welsh person. This sets the tone for a really poor reading of this book, which should be lighthearted and wry but is instead played flat throughout. I get the feeling that the narrator just wasn’t briefed about the earlier book and is reading with no real understanding of urban fantasy books. Such a shame as they are great at multiple voices and varied reading.

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  • Brodie
  • 01-25-17

Narrator makes it difficult

The narrator is different from the first book, which wouldn't normally be a big issue as this book is from a different perspective, but it just doesn't work. Her speed is terribly slow, her pronunciation of significant character and place names is inconsistent with the first book, and her accents are way off mark. Had to stop listening because it was too jarring. Daniel O'Malley is a great writer and The Rook was fabulous, so I think I'll buy this as a book instead of the audio version.

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  • Sally
  • 12-06-19

Poor narration

This book is a case study in why it’s so important to keep the same narrator for a series. Most notably, the first book, The Rook, specifically states that Myfanwy is an English woman in her early thirties & that she says her name without the ‘w’, so it rhymes with Tiffany. Unfortunately the narrator of this book was completely unaware of this description & therefore her creative choice to make the character fully Welch is extremely jarring and makes an unpleasant listening experience.

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  • Gemma
  • 02-22-18

what is up with myfanwy's weird new accent?

Got significantly distracted by Myfanwy suddenly having a weird new accent. ???? I struggled to recognise it was supposed to be her talking, because she sounds an eastern european grandma, instead of a 30yo english woman. could not get past it.

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  • Sophie Eltringham
  • 01-07-18

So incredibly disappointed

I loved the Rook. The fast moving, cleverly crafted mystery, and the brilliant, Bridget Jones-esque nature of Myfanwy (the w is silent) Thomas. I was so excited for this sequel. How incredibly disappointed I am to find a new narrator and the primary character so completely changed. I couldn’t get past the first few chapters and am now scouring the internet in vain for a Katy Carmichael narrated version. Poor form publishers. Poor form.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

rook 2

didn't like that it changed a few things about the grafters, but loved it overall

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  • Josie
  • 03-06-22

Story awesome performance could be better

The performer needed to read/listen The Rook first. Mispronouncing names of Myfanwy and Checquy drove me nuts (pronunciations gone over in the first book)
Story is great but I knew it as I read it prior to listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-20

Can listen again and again

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read Stiletto and Daniel O’Malley’s first book, The Rook (I wish it was also on Audible). Every time I read them I pick up something different.

I love that these books combine action, the supernatural and the public service together so seamlessly. It does make me laugh. Definitely in my top ten favourite books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-25-17

great 2nd book

It was a nice follow on to the first book, and came from a different angle than the first book. great story​ and i look forward to reading the next one. it was well preformed so that made is easy to listen to