With his slightly gravely and strong voice I wasn't sure I would be able to listen to the narrator for a whole audio-book. How would female characters sound speaking in that voice? But then I decided to give it a shot and as the story went along I felt that he did a great job reading the story and performing the characters. My one small gripe about the narrator is that he seemed to swing between a standard British and slightly Aussie accent, oftentimes making me forget momentarily that the main character is a Brit and not an Aussie.
As for the story itself, it's a good balance between the detective Cormoran Strike's back-story, the mystery he's trying to solve (did she fall or was she pushed?) and Strike's ambivalent relationship with his temporary secretary. The range of suspects is wide, and this being a British novel, the British class divide is almost a character in its own right. The middle section of the book is the best and builds some good momentum, but toward the end, the pace slows as the author conveys too much detail as Strike follows his leads to the end of the puzzle. The big reveal is bogged down with a recounting by Strike of how he solved the mystery in a confrontation with the killer.
Note to Author: I'd like to search the text for a count of exactly how many times you mention Strike's "camp bed"--it could be a drinking game.
Overall a satisfying story and characters, though it could have reached 4+ stars if the story were tightened up.
This was my first audio book and I didn't realize that Galbraith was a pen name for Rowling. A really outstanding performance by Robert Glenister...he really individualized the characters. Very interesting characters by the author and good sleuth work. I really liked the main character Cormorant Stryke and his administrative sidekick. I bought the written version for my wife.
really enjoyed the book. I like JK Rowlings novels, but the fact that she is Robert Galbraith doesn't change how much i enjoyed this book! Narration is great, and i can't wait for the next Cormoran Strike novel!
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
This is the classic whodunnit. I don't know if a book can be "noir", but if it can, that's what this is. Classic "gumshoe" gets presented with a hopeless case to solve, and does it despite his shortcomings. I love it. I would not have guess that it was J.K. Rowling, because it has nothing in common with Harry Potter, but it's great stuff. I can't wait for her next one, which comes out soon.
Not sure whom would enjoy this book. There are so many choices & so little time I will stick w/ personal recommendations in the future. I am listening to a biography about LBJ, the 4th in the series by Caro...dry, but interesting.
No I will skip this writer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will listen again. Great characters. Interesting plot. Setting works for me. I hope she will consider a series. She's got an interesting PI, dedicated assistant, lots of factors built in from this first book that will work to enlarge the scope for future stories.
Cormoran Strike, you're wanted on the job! This job had me interested in learning about you, going along on this case, and wanting you to realize you need this temp.
I kept waiting for the story to unfold and made it through half the book and was still completely bored. She spends 15 minutes talking about banal details
An ending that doesn't insult the intelligence of the writer. Also, no random sex scene just for the sake of having a sex scene.
No, because I enjoy murder mysteries.
Booming voice, clear and pungent in his style.
Anger as well as disappointment. This book was ok until the end. And by then I had become semi-invested in the plot. Then suddenly the book suddenly springs a sex scene on you for no reason other than, "Hi, I'm a pale supermodel, and I like bulky guys." That and the ending which makes the entire book POINTLESS.
If you are going to write a murder mystery, this is a good start Rowling, just next time do better.
when it comes to finding a good book to loose myself in, i'm looking for something that makes me think & if i am lucky also makes me laugh
The quality of the writing. I have never read the Harry Potter books so i had no idea what to expect from J.K. Rowling, so i was delighted to find she is a wonderful writer! The mystery was complex and kept you guessing right up to the end.
The characters. I love reading mysteries, but more often then not the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, either too perfect to believe or too ignorant, However, Rowling does a superb job of creating interesting characters with complex and developed personalities. I really hope she decides to make this into a series because i would really like to see how she would have her characters develop and grow as the stories progress
i think Glenister did a really nice job with his narration. A good narrator enhances the story and doesn't take away from it and Glenister definitely enhanced the story and characters with his performance
The book had some cute moments that made me smile, but it also had sad and touching moments, especially since Rowling created a victim that the reader actually feels morns the death of.
Read this book! It will make you enjoy mysteries again.