Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
I am visually-disabled. I cannot read print books. Ergo, only Audible ones.
I would not say it was a thriller that keeps one fidgeting, but the suspense lasted until the very end. It had a lovely, measured pace that marks the best of the British classical mysteries.
The narrator is excellent. Perfect. He does not raise his voice too much and overly dramatize the narrative, which I do not enjoy. Splendid performance.
It made me laugh from time to time. I enjoyed the characters and they were excellently portrayed in a manner that well suited the excellent story.
I have never read the Harry Potter books, but I had already planned to read this novel due to early reviews before knowing the author was JK Rowling. I can certainly understand her success. She is a wonderful writer who knows how to tell a great story. I hope there will be more mysteries with the two main characters to come..
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
Cormoran Strike is the aptly named detective/hero of Robert Galbraith's debut novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" (2013). 'Comoran' is a giant of Cornish legend, and Galbraith's investigator is both physically and mentally huge. Strike is also wounded - he lost part of a leg in Afghanistan, and jettisons a fiancé at the beginning of the book.
Strike inadvertently finds a Temporary Solution in Robin Ellacott, an amazingly tactful and resourceful transplant to London. Her first day of work, Robin ushers in a rabbity John Bristow, the brother of Strike's childhood friend, Charlie. Bristow's sister, supermodel Lula Landry, died months before after falling from a balcony in the upscale high security building she lived in, and Bristow doesn't believe it was a suicide.
Strike and Robin investigate in modern day London, from free rehab clinics and homeless shelters to the top homes and boutiques of London's titled class.
I loved the British English - 'crisps' sounds so much more elegant than 'potato chips'; 'bog' is definitely more descriptive for a bathroom in a pub; and who doesn't like 'mobile' instead of 'cell phone'? Some of it mystified me - 'pork scratchings' turned out to be 'pork rinds' if you live most of the United States, and chicharrones if you live in California; and 'digestives' are biscuits. What really through me was 'Electric Lane'. It took some Google research and an inquiry to an ex-pat friend to figure out it was an actual street name, not special parking for hybrid electric cars. These detours made the book more enjoyable for me, especially since Robert Glenister's narration gave me the pronunciations.
The "who dunnit" was well plotted, and the answer was never easy.
I am aware, of course, that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowlings, but I'm respecting her choice to write under another name. "The Cuckoo's Calling" is a different genre than the "Harry Potter" series, and Galbraith's language and descriptions are very different than those in Rowling's "Harry Potter." Galbraith is a more mature writer. I hope this is a 'Cormoran Strike #1.'
I'd also like to give props to my fellow Audible reviewers Tracey of Danville, AR and Deborah of Burbank, CA who found this Audible book and loved it before the secret author was revealed. I'm following both of them now, hoping that I won't miss any more gems like "The Cuckoo's Calling" just because I haven't heard of the author.
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Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I admit it. I only read it because of the hype. So glad that I did. This is a wonderful concise book that paints characters so real and vivid you can't help but feel their pain, joy, humor, and sorrow. Put those folks in a mystery that fascinatingly unfolds and you have one of the better who-dun-its in the last few years. This is just a really good fun story.
I hope there are more of these. I read all the HP books; unlike those, this one has some very nice writing, almost as though it were written by someone else.
No, only because I seldom listen to stories twice.
It kept me interested but not on the edge of your seat type of mystery.
The ending of the book is really good, it goes in a direction that you really didn't expect.
I would listen to large chunks of the book at a time, so if it was shorter I wouldn't have listened to it all at one time.
I hope there is more books to come and the action picks up more. This was pretty slow in some parts.
The fact that Rowling wrote this book got me to listen to it. Very happy I did because it was great read. Great mystery well written and with a great narration. Only similarity between Cuckoo and Harry was the superb writing. Hope to hear more from Ms. Robert Galbraith.
This book is extremely well thought out and written. I kept finding myself surprised at the amount of detail and depth JK Rowling put into this novel. I knew she could write, but this book is so different from "the series" she is so famous for and yet just as well thought out and detailed. I grew to love the main Character, Strike, and his assistant Robin. I thought I would hate the Hollywood Glam aspect but JK tells the tale from a very rational "this is what this sh%t can do to you" stand point. Its an incredible tale woven with the utmost care. I wasn't sure how I would like the narrator but he did an amazing job! I'm recommending it to all my friends.
love audio books - Anglophile
I don't care who wrote it: I really liked this book. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is super. P.I. Cormoran Strike is not only "Hagrid in a Trenchcoat" - great description, Melinda - but he sounds sort of like Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid. The plot is intricate and addicting. The writing reminded me of Tana French's "Faithful Place," one of my favs (especially read by Tim Gerard Reynolds). I love the Latin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The listen was well worth my time.
This is a good mystery with a nice twist. The story length was perfect with the necessary amount of details. The narration was also very good. I would recommend to a friend.
I hope the main character features in sequels in the future, Comoran Strike is such an
appealing personality. He reminds me of Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books...damaged,
rough, and completely endearing in his faults and intellect.
The narrator did a marvelous job with all the characters....seamless and believable.