The book took me by surprised because I don't normally read a mystery thriller kind of book, but I took a chance on this one. I'm glad I did.
Robert Glenister was an excellent choice to read this novel and the author - yes, I know who wrote it, really blew me away with the writing style. Very different from her YA books-- but that aside, I know I would have enjoyed this book even if I had not known who it was. I was drawn to checking it out because I knew she penned them, but I didn't love it BECAUSE it was her, if that makes sense.
Anyway-- take a chance with this. It was great. I loved it.
I'm one of the rare, handful of people who have never read Harry Potter, seen any of the movies, or even gone on the ride at Universal despite it being a couple of hours away. I just never got around to jumping on the train and now it seems too late for that bandwagon. This may have helped me enjoy The Cuckoo's Calling because I lacked any specific expectations of the author or content. If you consider this book, take that in mind.
The plot was slow to develop. The clues were too many and hard to decipher if they were clues at all. It all felt like a dumping of random facts at the reader. Some details in the end didn't quite fit either. However, it does pick up and all the characters can keep your interest. It feels like an old-timey detective novel, where the main character holds on to all the information, in his/her brilliant mind for observation, and then blasts you with all the incredible solutions in a grand scale at the end. It can leave you saying "Wait...what?!" It's a nice break from mystery books crowded with car chases, explosions, and mayhem.
The nice touch is that the narrator's voice and tone match the description of the main character.
Since I knew JK Rowling wrote this under the name of Robert Galbraith I made an effort to read this. She has a unique talent for putting the reader in the story mentally. She creates such good visuals. Story was a bit slower, but made for a perfectly relaxing read/listen. I'm looking forward to #2 - Silkworm. I thought the British narrator was good also. I recommend anything she writes!
They all were important and the writing made them each unique. I thought Robin, the secretary, is the strongest support character. As Cormoran Striker, the lead character, develops I hope to see more 'in control of himself' develop - he's big, strong, smart, but still regrouping after Afghanistan. I envision Robin helping do that in the next book.
I thought he did a great job transitioning from character to character without having it interjected "he said" "she said", which I find very annoying. A good narrator doesn't need to do that, and this narrator didn't. I'll look for other readings he has done.
Not really, but that didn't diminish how much I liked it.
I also like it didn't have much graphic gore detailed.
Observer, reader, knitter.
This story would be a definite listen again, or read again. the characters are human, with flaws and their weaknesses bring it to life. As you are drawn into the story, you relate to the characters, you are drawn into the mystery and can't help but become a part of the moment.
The flawed characters drew me in, The story kept me present with it, and the mystery made me consider the possibilities.
Cormoran Strike is human flawed, but decent. He is scarred by life, he is struggling, but does not let those around him down. Cormoran is rebuilding himself and you are drawn in to his character, his strengths, his many weaknesses and his process through his journey, that pulling force that draws him forward in solving this case.
Deaths calling for Justice
It was great to be a gumshoe and follow Cormoran, You are drawn to believe in him.
The story and the narrator.
Comoran Strike. He's a mess like me.
There are too many.
Not one in particular. Comoran is an enduring character.
I hope Robert Glenister is the narrator for the 2nd installment.
So many books so little time - but Audible gives me the gift of multitasking - I can get those simple tasks done AND be up on great reads.
Top 5% (p.s. pretend you don't know it is J.K. Rowling)
Strike - he was very much less than perfect; so many flaws & he knew them, but just did it anyway.
Strike- Glenister embodies Strike. I saw him hobble, be angry with his body.
With all his flaws he wanted to be sure his new protege knew he would keep his relationship with her professional. That he appreciated Robin for her mind and willingness to be his student.
Say something about yourself!
The Cuckoo's Calling possesses all the traits I would expect from a work by J.K. Rowling: mediocre prose eclipsed by expert storytelling; complex characters who are immediately and consistently compelling; an intricate plot with generous background and multiple surprises; and pointed, incisive critiques of the shallowness and hypocrisy of our contemporary culture, balanced by the heroism of characters who have in one way or another fallen through that culture's cracks.
Once again, her protagonist is an underdog. Cormoran Strike has lost a leg and a livelihood in Afghanistan and a fiancée and home in London. He's living in his shabby office, not quite one step ahead of his creditors, when the brother of a now-deceased childhood friend engages his services as a private investigator. The mystery he is to tackle, however, has already been explored by the authorities, press, and public with a fine-toothed comb. Could it be possible that the highly publicized death of Lulu Landry, the celebrated supermodel and sister of Strike's client, wasn't a suicide after all?
Rowling's skill at planting clues and misdirections works in the reader's favor here. The unraveling of the mystery itself is highly entertaining and absorbing. Rowling's experiences with public fame and private family strife inform her insights and descriptions. The greatest achievement of this novel, though, is the creation of the noir-flavored hero Strike and his "temporary" secretary Robin, who are well worth following into their next adventure.
This is the second audiobook I've heard that featured Robert Glenister as narrator. I'll definitely be seeking out more. He has a gift for accents, and he injects the perfect amount of feeling into his reading to captivate the reader without upstaging the prose. Magnificent! Well done indeed.
I almost didn't buy this book because of the title, but I actually loved it and hated for it to end. Cormoran is a good character and I hope that the author writes another and starts a series.
Cormoran Strike is very lovable but also highly intelligent. He reflects a typical guy down on his luck but with a heart of gold.
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As a longtime fan of JK Rowland and Harry Potter, I have to admit that I let The Cuckoo’s Calling sit in my Audible library for well over a year before listening to it, once I learned that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for Rowling. I think I feared that I would be disappointed in a Rowling world that was not peopled by witches but only by muggles. I need not have worried.
Far from the magical world of Hogwarts, Cormoran Strike exists in present-day London. A wounded war veteran and former military policeman, Strike is an unsuccessful private investigator whose two clients are not enough to keep him solvent. With a complicated personal past and present, the last thing Strike needs is a temporary secretary he can’t afford to pay. But when temp Robin Ellacott is sent to the office by mistake the same day he is hired by wealthy John Bristow to learn the truth behind his adopted sister’s death, he decides to keep her on her on. Bristow’s sister was the fabulous supermodel Lula Landry and her death has been ruled a suicide, but Bristow is convinced that she was murdered. Strike and Robin are soon enmeshed in the world of high fashion and Strike must revisit his own childhood pains.
The story is well written and the characters well developed. Interestingly, the character of the subject of the investigation, Lula Landry herself, is the fuzziest and we must learn who she really was through the eyes of her family and friends. In the tradition of gritty detective stories, Strike is complex and tortured by his own demons and insecurities. (At one point he characterizes himself as looking like "a woolly mammoth attempting to blend in with a band of Capuchin monkeys".) The ending could perhaps have been predicted by others, but it came as a surprise to me. I recommend the story to anyone who is willing to keep an open mind about Rowling. She set a high standard with the Harry Potter series, and some will criticize her for failing to create another fantasy world of the same caliber. But, in my opinion, it’s much harder to make the mundaneness of everyday life compelling, and Rowling has done this with The Cuckoo’s Calling. I look forward to the next book in the series.
the crusty yet gentle detective was captured great by the author and the insight into Cuckoo's life and mind-set at her death.
Had to force myself to stop reading or listening and get some sleep. you just wanted to keep going
this is my first audiobook with Robert Glenster, and it was very well done. I enjoyed his take on the book.
yes, but needed to sleep
keep the audiobooks coming! any and all books.