[Please note that I'm stopping 2/3 of the way through the book to comment.]
If the narrator weren't so exceptional, I might have a harder time answering the question. HOWEVER, I'm stunned by how strong the narrator is (and I listen to many fine Audible narrators).
Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawsky's perhaps - strong, real characters that navigate a range of contexts.
Thus far (I'm only 2/3 through), it could be any of the scenes where Striker is interviewing others. Brilliant descriptions of complicated individuals in conversations, being questioned. One of many standouts is his first interview with the designer who was Cuckoo's close friend.
Just glad to be reading it; and that it's not excessively violent.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
It would be a shame if this book is not the First of a series. It grabbed me from the first chapter, and would not turn loose. If you have a credit and can't figure out what to try, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
We probably were all victims of a publicity stunt. This is still a great novel.
This story just didn't get moving. I wish I could return this book. The language was terrible and offensive. I wish there was a ratings system for audio books.
Unlikely hero finds himself accidentally chasing a killer. Discovers the truth where the police failed.
No, I found the story to drag on. I tried to make it through, but just lost interest.
Bang Bang Bang!!!
He was able to change his voice to fit the many characters in the book, great Narrator.
Kid Lit Writer and Book Lover
DNF - was bored and wasn't up to listening to a whodunit mystery for 10 hours, only to figure out whodunit. Didn't care enough about the characters to want to know.
I may be the only person on earth who never read any of the Harry Potter books. So when I read the Cuckoo's Calling I didn't bring any J.K. Rowling "baggage" with me. I didn't have a preconceived expectation regarding her writing skills or style. I knew she had another non-Potter book that received lukewarm reviews. I didn't read it because the plot didn't sound particularly interesting.
The description of this book caught my attention. The main character's history made him sound fascinating. And he was. Nothing in this book disappointed me, except perhaps it lasted about a half hour too long. Even though it was slightly longer than it needed to be, the author kept the plot moving along at a good pace. But the characters were complicated and endearing especially Strike. I want to know him better. I hope other books follow that delve into his background more.
The book did not use sentimentality or emotion to hook you. It wasn't sickeningly sweet or sappy. And Strike, who deserved to be depressed and unhappy, was in his own way such an optimist that you felt good just reading about him. I also enjoyed Robin. She matured through the book, gradually becoming her own person, and a very interesting one. She is also a character I want to know better.
The narration was pitch perfect.
I have tried 3 times to come back to it, but I have no desire to finish.