Ok. I'll admit I probably wouldn't have read/listened to this if J.K. Rowling didn't write it, but that's just because I don't read a lot of mystery novels. I just had to know what everyone was talking about (and of course I'm a Harry Potter fan). There's already a fair amount of reviews so I won't bother going too in depth. I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish, and I second others' opinions that this should be turned into a series. Rowling/Galbraith has proved that she has more to offer than Harry Potter.
The performance was excellent. There is no way the print version could come close to the audio version. The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing the characters with changes in his voice.
The character development was well done and the plot was challenging. The main character had many layers and was a reminder of the old time detectives.
I listen to books while driving and this was one of those books that I couldn't wait to turn on - it made me want to get up and drive to work. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Yes I would. There were so many pieces to this puzzle, I know I missed details and the narrator was perfect. I will definately listen to this one again.
There were so many, but one of my favorite scenes was when Strike took Robin shopping and she pretended to be his sister. You get your first real glimpse of Robin's charachter and realize what an asset she will be to Strike outside of organizing his office.
I've never listened to a book narrated by Robert Glenister and I will now be searching him out. He was brilliant. Each charachter was clearly defined. I cannot imagine reading the book now that I have listened to his magic.
I have to admit I was one of those people that bought the book after J.K. Rowling was outed as the author. However, it took me some time to actually listen to it as I was in the middle of a long series when I purchased it. By the time I started listening I had completely forgotten who the author was and did not recall until I was a few hours in. I hope we will see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin from Ms. Rowling or Mr. Gilbraith.
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
Cuckoo's Calling will keep calling you back to a good listen. It was what you would expect from a mystery. Predictable but a fun story line and likable characters. Of course all of JK Rowling's books are held up to the gold standard of the Harry Potter series and will never compare.
Yet this is a fun and engaging story.
This was enjoyable and kept me listening.
I think the author really shines when it comes to character building.
This is the only performance of Robert Glenister's that I have heard.
No extreme reaction, although maybe a quick laugh or two. Definitely a smile!
I really want more Strike!
The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!
This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!
This book is one of the best audiobooks I've encountered.
Cormorant Strike is the epitome of the gnarled and effective private investigator who is interested in justice. That's just the way he is.
This is the first. He was excellent and made all of the characters real.
It has a dry wit that made me smile at times. What I enjoyed was the easy-to-drink-in writing, the vivid characters, and way the author breathed life into a well worn genre. The interactions between Cormorant and Robin were very good.
I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.
Not sure why this got such high ratings. I listen to about 1 novel a week, and this one I could not finish. I kept drifting off to other thoughts... it was so boring and slow moving. The painfully over-detailed scenes, and long dragged out interviews of every person the PI spoke to were too much! Not happy I wasted a credit.
Only good thing was the narrator, He was great!