Shorten it by about 5 hours. Do not give so many mindless details. Put some danger or suspense in it.
Disappointment. Big Time
The Narration is Excellent. This is a Mystery/Thriller. The two main Characters are great, but it just seems that the Writer brings so many people into the Plot, and almost tries to over develop them. I'm not finished yet, and I'm usually able to get into a Story, but this is just dragging on and on and on. The overall Plot is worthy of a Book. But give us some Suspense, anything that would keep us wanting to come back. I realize I am way in the Minority with this Review. I guess i'm too used to Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, Lincoln Rhymes, The Lincoln Lawyer Series, Elvis Cole, and those type Characters and Writing. I'm interested enough to listen to the end, simply because I have so much time invested, and I do care about the two main Characters. I'd also like to know who killed Lula.
The characters were not likeable, it was the same old private detective song and dance: broke, woman issues, depressed. I thought there might be a creative twist, but when it came, it was just so stupid and unbelievable.
I will give the next Robert Galbraith book a chance, but I won't struggle to finish it if it comes to that. I will just return it ASAP.
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I don't know if I would have purchased this book if it weren't for J.K. Rowling's authorship. All said, I'm glad I did. However, I wouldn't put it in the category of the Harry Potter series -- which I loved.
Glenister did a masterful job of the narration. He handles women's voices deftly -- something that is hard for most male narrators. His ability to do multiple accents was excellent and a lot of fun to listen to. Definitely better than I could have done in my mind were I reading this hardcopy.
The two main characters were unusual and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions. The secondary characters were not as well drawn nor nearly as likable.
The story: herein lies the problem. The story line had promise that wasn't well fulfilled. It moved from being muddled and confusing to dull and tedious and then to some spates of intense action. If this is Rowling's first step into something other than YA stories, that might explain some of the weaknesses.
Given the narrator and the primary characters, I will keep listening to this series.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
What a pleasant and interesting surprise The Cuckoo's Calling was! I'm not a mystery reader at all, had never heard of Robert Galbraith, and didn't have much interest in reading about the investigation of a super model's possible suicide, so I honestly would never had picked this up if it hadn't been for the J.K. Rowling kerfuffle. She has introduced a compelling and genuinely human private investigator in the form of Cormoran Strike, his temporary secretary Robin Ellacott, along with a well-plotted mystery. I wanted to keep reading to see whodunit, but also because the book was well-written; I can see shades of the same excellent plotting I admired in Harry Potter. I hope she had fun writing inventive characters' names because I certainly had fun reading them, along with the engaging story. I will avidly look forward to further installments in the Cormoran Strike series!
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I don't usually like books narrated with English accents, it is usually difficult for me to understand. However this narrator did an excellent job. I loved this book. I hope that there will be sequels. I really want more from Detective Cormoran Strike and Robin. Great entertainment.
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!!!!!!
I have to admit that I listed to the book because I am a hardcore HP fan. This isnt really my genre of book but it was so well done and had my guessing to the end. Thank you JKR for this magical read and hope she decides to write more books about The Wizarding World in the future too!
Strike of course
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I would never have guessed that JK Rowling was the author of The Cuckoo's Calling if I hadn't been told, but I would easily have guessed that there was a practiced pen behind this novel just from listening to it. There is nothing reminiscent of Harry Potter in it, but Rowling's fully realized characters, evocative settings (you feel like you are in London while you listen to this), rich vocabulary, and perfect pacing are all there. I had hoped when Rowling moved past HP, she might take a turn at mature fantasy writing since I love the genre, but it isn't too surprising that she would turn to mystery and be good at it. After all, the 7 HP books really were individual mysteries that had to be solved as part of the overarching plot of the series.
I think I would have enjoyed reading this book, but I have to believe this is one of those that is even better on audio because Robert Glenister's narration is fabulous! He is the type of narrator that is so good you forget about the narrator (no higher compliment is possible) and the man also does great character voices.
I am looking forwarding to more adventures with Cormoran and Robin!
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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!