"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.)
I bought this book out of curiosity knowing it was written by JK Rowling and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the story line and the narrator. She has an excellent writing style which was very easy to listen too. There is a little bit of language that some people may find offensive but which seemed to be used appropriately. Overall I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book and hope that it is the first in a series featuring Mr Strike and Robin.
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
I normally review SF, although I do read a good bit of detective and spy fiction. (I don't feel I have the breadth to comment on those areas.) But this book is so completely peculiar that I doubt anyone has the right background to provide expert commentary.
My wife insisted I listen to it. I really didn't want to read a Rowling romp. What a moron I am at times. I could not disagree more with those who suggest this is a great "first" effort in the genre. It is a really good book. Period.
This is clever and VERY "meta'" -- brilliantly narrated. It is as though someone had reviewed all detective stories from Chandler on, sat a LONG time digesting the body of work and then written what was supposed to look simple but was really a sly book. The author covers every single base on the "tough but scruffy British police/detective" checklist right out in the open....no pretending it is something else. But each is addressed in new and interesting ways -- and the author supplies all of the mandatory snappy patter. But in the end it becomes just a good story.
It is fun and self-deprecating. It delivers completely I thought.
Great plot, interesting characters that are well drawn and realistic, and great writing by Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. Let's face it: this woman can write with the best of them. She is not just a children's author. This book reminded me a little bit of Elizabeth George. The plot has modern elements that you see in the news; the crime seems impenetrable. Loved Cormaran Strike, the detective, and his temp, Robin. I hope this is only the beginning for these two. Sign me up if there's another one coming.
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.
I'll admit it -- I didn't hear about this book until it came out that it was by J.K. Rowling. While there were aspects of the writing that evoked the voice of the author of the awesome Harry Potter books, it is otherwise a completely clean break from what she did in those (there is no magic). This is an entertaining, gripping, nicely paced mystery, with endearing, well-developed characters who find themselves rubbing elbows with unlikely others. By the end of the book, I felt like I had just gotten to know the cast of characters, and now I want to know more... so I really hope it is a long series.
A note on the narrator: absolutely fantastic. I am a sucker for an English accent, but Mr. Glenister goes above and beyond: he does all types of English accents and the various voices excellently and really brings each character to life.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
Honestly, I don't feel the need to prove my literary analysis ability with a lengthy review. I simply want to give a helpful opinion of my experience. Five stars says a lot, and I consider myself a discriminating listener.
I had a hard time getting it started, but loved the characters so much I just kept relistening until I got it. The story was well developed and had a real surprise ending! I enjoy "Robert Galbraiths' " writing. I am hoping, I assume, like many others, that this will not be the last we see of Cormerand (I don't know how to spell this) and Robin. The characters are truly likable and given a uniqueness that I I usually don't come across in detective or mystery writers. The realistic and what might be called foul language does not offend me . The thing that stands out in my mind apart from the characters, is the narrator. I am awed at his ability to distinguish and create such authentic voices. I actually went back and looked to see if there was more than one narrator. I don't recall in my 500+ plus books ever being so impressed by the narration. He truly makes a huge difference by delivering such an exceptional performance. I can't imagine anyone who loves mysteries not being happy with this "read".
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.
I loved the Harry Potter books and was really looking forward to this. It was very slow, was never able to get into it. I finally returned it.
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.