"very good intro to the main characters"
great one man detective story. loads of wit and human interest. I will look forward to follow on books.
"A perfect crIme listen"
Definitely one of my best listens of the year. A crime novel on a par with early Rendell and PD James. It was so refreshing to listen to a classic crime novel that wasn't full of either violence, melodrama or psychological plot twists. Of course I enjoy the latter in my crime listening but Robert Galbraith's more classic approach makes it quite unique in the genre today. It is well written, fantastically narrated, has perfect characterisation and the plot moves along at a good pace. Highly recommended.
"Well done Galbraith/ Rowling"
I can understand JK Rowling's desire to be judged on the merits of her first foray into detective fiction, but it was not to be. Whoever wrote this book has created a pacy story that keeps one listening. I read a lot of detective fiction and think her story well-constructed with well-developed characters. She's used many of the stock features of this genre: the principle detective (in this case a private detective) coming into the story following a broken relationship with a past that has left him wounded emotionally and physically. Incessant references to smoking and drinking, probably realistic but a bit hackneyed. I maybe lead a sheltered life but do many people use the 'F' word so frequently as a noun, verb and adjective as in this book? Even the most foul-mouthed must be stretched to use it about half a dozen times in the one short sentence! Despite this I did enjoy the book. It may be presumptuous to give advice to such a prestigious writer, but I think using Latin aphorisms to introduce the different parts of the book struck me as pretentious in a detective novel and smacks of a writer feeling that the genre is below them and that they have to show their academic credentials. It's a very popular form and high quality writing adds greatly to the pleasure and JK Rowling writes well and I hope that she will write some more books featuring Cormoron Strike.
A great deal of credit is due to Robert Glenister who does a magnificent job of bringing the book alive.
I didn't get round to reviewing this earlier and now it's all a bit of a waste of time - all I can say is well done JK - I loved this - couldn't stop listening - the reading was brilliant and the story very entertaining and indeed quite gripping - loved the characters. I even went on line to see if the author published a sequel as I'd enjoyed the first so much - or indeed written any other books.....!!
"A fantastic book"
;loved listening to this book.Would like to recommend it to my friends and family.;loved listening to this book.Would like to recommend it to my friends and family.
Imagine Raymond Chandler crossed with Douglas Adams, and you get something approximating this excellent debut novel from Robert Galbraith. The plot is centred around the death of a supermodel; suicide is the obvious verdict, a verdict that her brother cannot accept. There is little to add about the plot, and laid in such bare terms it sounds like a cliche of countless other novels of this genre. I can assure the listener, however, that both the plot twists and the prose themselves make this anything but a cliche. The author's use of the English language makes the book a must-listen in its own right, the construction of the words themselves are a delight; a number of idiosyncratic similes and metaphors are simply inspired, the description of one model's attempt at a pout making me laugh out loud. Whilst all the characters are colourful in their own right, the book is based around a one-legged gumshoe detective and his temporary secretary, who has harboured a secret desire from childhood to work for a private eye. He is a world-weary former member of the military, she a fresh-faced and somewhat naive Yorkshire girl recently arrived in London. Again, these sound somewhat cliched and two-dimensional when described in such basic terms, but they are so well written that they are anything but. With audiobooks, the narrator is arguably just as important as the book itself. Robert Glenister does a sterling job here, especially with the vocal characterisation of all those we meet. His skills definitely added to my awarding the full five stars to "The Cuckoo's Calling". Anybody who enjoys a good crime novel will love this; anyone who doesn't, won't. This may seem pedantic, but it is worth saying as a great review can sometimes tempt listeners into books that are patently unsuitable for their taste. This may be just another of many detective tales, but I, for one, cannot wait for the sequel.
Having read several of the rave reviews, I was looking forward to a good listen. I ended up being very dissappointed. I made it to the end (just), but found the plot contrived and the characters undeveloped and rather one dimensional. I wanted to understand more about the background of the main protagonists Cormoran and Robin.. their back stories, their inner worlds, their lives. But, alas... Not to be. Not a patch on books such as Reginald Hill's "The Woodcutter"
Less cliche, more development of the characters and their inner motivations.
None stand out.
Passable.. But not wonderful. Just discovered today, after finishing it (struggling to listen to this for three weeks or so) that its actually by J K Rowling. Even more disappointed, as I felt she did a lot better with Harry Potter et al.
The narration was good.
"Boring bland book - expected more"
More substance to all characters.
It was just so flat and boring. I kept on expecting it to liven up a bit. It never did. I was not surprised at the ending, sussed it out very early on. Never seemed to pick up pace.
A delight to listen to. The only reason I carried on listening. If I had been reading it I would have given up and skipped to the final pages just to confirm what I had sussed out.
There would be none left!!!
I was beguiled by the authors past history.So disappointing. I expected a book of twists, turns and surprises. It was more like a book written by someone trying hard but with no real idea of how to write a gripping mystery or interesting read. I seem to be in the minority as most have given excellent reviews. Perhaps I should listen to it again, on second thoughts, life is just too short!!!
I was so worried, after the disastrous "The Casual Vacancy" (all copies of which should be rounded up and recycled), that J K Rowling might have been a one trick pony and that the brilliance of the Harry Potter series might never be replicated in anything else she wrote.
I am delighted to discover that my fears were unfounded. This is perhaps not quite in that league but it's very good indeed, with the central characters well conceived and a good story. Finishing this first one leaves you waiting for the next one, and she's clearly laid down the foundations for as long a series as she can keep thinking up the ideas.
The narrator is very good too. Some of the Audible books I've listened to recently have had American narrators whose grasp of punctuation has been tenuous so it's been nice to listen to somebody for whom reading is clearly not a chore.
Listened to it twice which is my bench mark for a good book. Looking forward to the next book so can see the characters develop along with another excellent tale.