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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I enjoyed the description of London and the various British accents of the narrator Robert Glenister. The story is about a former military police investigator Cormoran Strike who lost a leg in Afghanistan and was discharged from the military. He opens up an office as a private detective. He is hired by attorney John Bristow to investigate the death of his sister a famous fashion model Lula Landry called Cuckoo by her friends. Is it murder or suicide Strike is to find out. The story goes from high fashion to the poor areas of London. Strike hires a temporary secretary Robin who helps in the investigation. The author provides us with nail biting suspense to twisty plots, some humor and action. My only complaint is the foul language. The story is well written and the narration is great. Hope this is made into a series.
Not from the author, maybe from narrator
Shorten it, take out extraneous info
Does a good job will varied voices, awful job on Latin
The book started if ok, the main characters seemed good, but somewhere around the halfway point it started to seem long. It just went on and on. The ending was disappointing as to who done it.
The ending explanation was painfully long.
To make matters worse the epilogue was even longer. I got the impression several times she used words and ideas specifically to demonstrate that she was a serious author, writing for adults.
I wouldn't have finished it but I didn't have any credits left for the month and wanted to have something to listen to on a long drive.
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 loved the private eye, Cormoran Strike: tough, smart, full of heart, wry, cool, thoroughly flawed -- just great. Great interviewing and extracting of key info and using his imagination to understand when the pieces didn't fit and how to make connections. And although modern and realistic, the book wasn't gory -- phew!And the narration was truly superb.
After I finish writing this review, I'm hunting down Robert Glenister's other performances and will begin downloading immediately. He was fantastic -- so full of understanding and intelligence, empathy and wry humor. He made the experience of listening like being at the movies, bringing all the characters to life with fantastic timing. I'm too American to understand what Strike's accent is supposed to be! Maybe Robert Glenister will explain it to us; I know that mixture of strains is indicative of Strike's motley background, but I don't know how!
Strike's sympathy for his characters -- his moments of really understanding them was always moving. But I was touched by his inner responses to learning key info -- a kind of commitment that was so great. And I was touched by his heart going out to his own mother and Lula --the women who wouldn't or couldn't follow the rules.
Long may JK Rowling and Robert Glenister continue to bring to life the damaged, the great Cormoran Strike.
I loved the characterization of each person, the plots with it's twists and turns, and the intelligence with which it was rendered.
The plot was intriguing because many different facets of the mystery were exposed amidst the sub plots which included the personal lives of the main characters.
Each character had a different voice and it was easy to tell who was speaking even without the written clues. There was no difficulty understanding the ends of sentences like other novels I have listened to and despite the unfamiliar accents I could understand every word. The orator definitely brings a level of excitement and authenticity to the story, as if you are living inside it.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
There is little I can say about this book, other than to second what other reviewers have said. A really fun mystery set in current day London, involving a somewhat seedy, rumpled, huge detective (sort of a Sam Spade/Columbo/Hagrid cross) whose agency is about to go under, taking on a case involving people in the high-flying world of top-flight fashion models.
The plot is ingenious, and Galbraith (Rowling) creates wonderfully detailed and quirky characters. The result is an interesting mystery which keeps the reader guessing, and lots of funny moments of dialog. A really enjoyable read.
A fascinating crime thriller with a lot of heart between the lines. I loved the characters in this novel. I enjoyed that the two main protagonist found their nitch in life, just as the author has seemingly once again found hers. After that last clunker that she penned, I couldn’t be happier for her success with this novel.
I found this interesting story to believable, current and simplistically straight forward. The story hooked me from the beginning – and right up to the very end I was surprised at the ending. For me it was most refreshing that the author left it as simply. No one needed any big title or badge. It was two people with a good working relationship. No one needed to get hot and heavy or be best friends.
Robert Glenister reading this is just like adding cream.
Addicted to Audible!
I totally enjoyed this audio! The storyline kept me engaged, the characters were fresh and different and the narrator awesome. If you enjoy detective novels the main character Cormoran Strike is multidimensional unlike other books in this genre. I look forward to the others in the series and hope that they will be able to live up to the first!
Is this really the same writer of the Harry Potter series? If so, where did all that writing talent go?
This book is dull, boring and tedious. And...totally predictable. I stayed with it in hopes that it would get better...NOT!
This is the second book of JKR's I've bought to after the HP series, and it's last last for me!!!!!
Bye, Bye JK Rowlings!