Love J.K. Rowling. I dont like this version of her though. Language is rough. wouldn't recommend for your kids who live Harry Potter. She shoukd stick with what she does best .... fantasy.
Overall, the book was just ok. There were times where the story just dragged along. If your looking for the constant suspense that was seen in The Harry Potter series, you will be sorely disappointed. With that said, the narrator was great and the characters were easily distinguishable from one another.
No, I know the ending but looking forward to hearing more of the series!
Yes, wondering who did it and more interestingly why!
Excellent! Just excellent! Buy it, read it, you won't be disappointed.
Such an immensely thick plot, with so many variables. I was enthralled throughout the whole book and tried as hard as I could to figure out "whodunnit" (as they say) and was not able to figure it out. Masterful!
Robert Galbraith, nom de plume of J.K. Rowling weaves a delicious tale of intrigue for anyone who loves to indulge in a good mystery. The characters are revealed slowly, the plot throws enough curves to keep you guessing "whodunit" and the writing style, is second-to-none. All that being said, there is an excessive amount of profanity in this story. I understand that it was included to reveal the edginess of the characters, but plenty of good novels have been written without quite so much foul language. If that is not an issue for you, then enjoy a fun murder mystery. If you are like me and wish to not listen to a lot of profanity, this isn't a good book for you.
Glenister switches between accents and characters fluidly. He performs both male and female characters without making you cringe and is able to make each character stand apart from the other.
I can see why Rowling chose to use a different pen name to write this book, as it is so dramatically different from the Harry Potter series. She demonstrates her skillful ability to weave a devilishly intricate plot and her masterful use of the english language to unfold her plot.
I'm glad I stumbled onto this one! The story was well-crafted-details were subtle so that I couldn't tell exact where it was going. It didn't feel predicatable...high praise coming from me!
Robert Glenister did a great job with voices. He didn't try to overdue the female voices and did a good Strike. I'm looking forward to the next book!
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.
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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.
If you are looking for a continuation of the (in my opinion) fantastic Harry Potter series, you may be pleasantly surprised after you read The Cuckoo's Calling. I love a good mystery and this book certainly qualifies.
Love the characters and the narrator.