I admit I bought the book because it was written by J.K. Rowling - but that's the end of anything Potter-ish in this delightful new mystery. I love a good British mystery because they tend to be less violent and more intellectual than many of the standard American mysteries. The Cuckoo's Calling has everything in it that makes a mystery worth reading - an interesting main character who is neither perfect nor pathetic, a smart sidekick who thank god does NOT need to be rescued in the final scenes, a lot of clues but no dead give away to the final resolution, and supporting characters who are not simply two dimensional backdrops. No dramatic chase scenes or gun battles - just solid detecting and some intriguing plot twists along the way.
The narration was perfect and captured the voices in a way that was believable and engrossing. I had a hard time putting the book down to get any work done, and when the story ended I could only hope that Rowling/Galbraith is working on the next Comorant Strike mystery. Whether you're a J.K. Rowling fan or not really doesn't matter - if you like a good mystery, this is the best one to come along in a long time!
I probably would not have gotten the book until I found out who wrote it. However after listening to it I found it to be GREAT. I thought the story line was original and the characters superb and the narration was outstanding. I hope Robert Galbraith continues to write and I look forward to his next novel!!!!!!
Apparently, a lot of people liked this book. Read their reviews and see if it's for you. I got 7 hours into it before quitting. In those 7 hours there was no action. Really, none. It seemed like the author wanted to convey how boring PI work can be. I liked the main character but not enough to keep listening, hoping something might happen.
She could have added SOME action early on, she could have made me care more about the victim early on, and she could have edited some of those long, rambling sentences that served no plot purpose.
Scenes with his sidekick, Robin.
The scene where he interviewed the cop in the bar was deadly boring.
Say something about yourself!
This book is SO good. I put off reading these books by JK Rowling, because I thought that she might be enjoying the afterglow from the Harry Potter books, but I was wrong! The story is amazing and the narrator, well, he's perfect! Don't wait, Listen!
This book sat in my wish list for quite a long time before I purchased it. I was coming off a string of mediocre books and was hopeful that this would be engaging and entertaining. I was not disappointed.
One of the things I liked most about this book was the complexity of the main character. He's likeable, at times pathetic, at times strong, and at times weak, and so on. My overall impression is that of someone I would be incredibly interested to know. I enjoyed that aspect of the book very much. The mystery of the book had me guessing all along and I was surprised by the ending.
I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series.
I chose this book because I'm such a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I was so disappointed in her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, that I didn't even finish it. But I like mysteries, so decided to try her again. Cuckoo starts slow. For me, characters drive the story and if I don't care about the characters, I'm not interested in the story. It took me a long time to care about Coroman Strike, but I got there and will probably listen to more in the series.
So I guess I am the only person who didn't know this was JK Rowling! I was really surprised how engrossing, intelligent, yet entertaining it was. I binge listened in one weekend and was guessing right to the end! If you're a fan of GOOD mystery, and you sick of all the genre schlock that get 5 star ratings even though it's crap, you'll really, really enjoy this :)
The start of this novel grabbed me. I liked the two main characters in this mystery - a disabled vet turned private detective (Strike) and his office temp woman (Robin). But as the story went on, it became just one interview after another, as Strike tried to see if the celebrity suicide was in fact a murder. Not much happened, and the personalities of the main characters took a back seat. Halfway done, I decided that I'd rather find something to listen to that would engage me more. I did like the writing, but my mind began to wander, making it harder to appreciate the nuances of testimony and evidence. I expect that there are many who like this kind of old fashioned novel, but it was not enough to keep my attention.
Kneel Before Zod!!
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.
"No matter where you go... there you are."
My wife and I downloaded this book as our "listen" during a seven-day car trip. It was so uninteresting that the travel time seem twice as long. I was screwed as my wife is very tenacious and once she starts a book (or anything) she completes it whether she likes it or not. We both thought the book was improbable, dull and a waste of a credit (not to mention 16 hours of life.)