I thought I would give JK Rowling a try in a different genre. Overall, I'm glad I did. The book has interesting characters and I found myself caring for them and wondering what was going to happen next. Our main protagonist gathers his information by interviewing a host of people. By the end he is able to sort through misdirections and lies, but the process of paying close attention to interview after interview strained my attention especially when driving. I'll give book two a try.
This was entertaining though not a gripping story. I really liked the characters but the mystery was not that engaging.
I almost didn't buy this because the sample narration seemed a bit droll. I'm very picky about who's reading the book and it just didn't appeal to me. I am so glad I changed my mind! Not only were the characters engaging and the story interesting and suspenseful but this narrator nailed it! I have never read any of the Harry Potter books so I can't compare her writing to that but I hope and pray that she continues this series!!!
It ranks at the top. Robert Glenister slips from character to character flawlessly. I hope no one else ever narrates because I now know Cormoran's voice.
The ending. I love a story where I can't guess the outcome. Great Mystery.
Cormoran revealing to the killer how he knows what he didn and why.
Who put the Sleeping Beauty to Sleep?
I was skeptical at first. I didn't get into the Potter series and didn't see how Rowling could switch over into mystery writing, but of course she did so flawlessly and I can't wait to read the third Strike book.
The narration was the best part of this novel. Worth a listen for the performance alone. Luckily, the story is a good one, too, entertaining and fast paced. I listened to this one in record time and didn't want it to end.
I can't say enough about this series, I am on Book 2, SIlkworm, and I cant wait for the next one to be released!
I liked all the different characters and story line and how it kept you guessing.
I think towards the end of the book when it all came together. I could picture the different characters and imagine the different scenes.
This is the first time I've purchased an audiobook with Robert Glenister as the narrator. I really liked his voice.
I can't think of any particular moment. I just know that I couldn't put the book down because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.
Great narration that really puts you there, surprised to find out this is another pen name of JK Rawling
I purchased another book that I haven't listened too yet.
Overall, the story was ok, but it was long, and mostly investigating throughout the entire story. There was very little action of any sort, and the book was predictable.
Strike or Robin
No, it went on a long time, and took a very long time to get to the end. I can't see another one like it being very interesting.
J. K. Rowling may be the best fantasy writer since Tolkien but she is a poor mystery writer. Like many others, I feel this book is overly long with hundreds of pages of beautiful descriptions and dialogue that add nothing to the reader's experience. It reminds me of Winston Churchill's description of Russia "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma", except The Cuckoo's Calling inspires ennui wrapped in lassitude inside of boredom. Many great authors ultimately need editors but because they have such power derived from their success it never happens. You could cut 5 hours from this book and it would still be 3 hours too long. Nothing happens to people you don't care about. What this book does accomplish however is to introduce legions of readers to a whole new genre, the anti-thriller.