We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

Regular Price:$25.54
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger…

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.

Robert Glenister has performed with both the National Theatre and the RSC. He has worked extensively on radio and television and is probably best known for his roles as Ash Morgan in the BBC's Hustle and as the Home Secretary in 5 series of Spooks.

©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)

"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years" (Mark Billingham)

"One of the best crime novels I have ever read." (Alex Gray)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (469 )
5 star
 (238)
4 star
 (170)
3 star
 (46)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.3 (437 )
5 star
 (208)
4 star
 (161)
3 star
 (51)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.5 (435 )
5 star
 (275)
4 star
 (126)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Simone B. 01-13-16
    Simone B. 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fabulous!"

    I simply loved this book! Can't wait for Cormoran Strike's new adeventures.
    The narrator is brilliant, the characters very endearing. Really powerful story, j.K....sorry, Robert G. has done a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paul Myrvang 11-17-15 Member Since 2015

    neptune

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Flawed recording"

    The book, is great, the recording has frequent electrical noise throughout. When I first listened, I thought it was my headset, but when replaying the book after reading career of evil, with a different headset the noise was still there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve 09-14-15
    Steve 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent read!"

    Met all expectations and more. A brilliant detective story. And beautiful narrated. I would recommend this book. Will be looking for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rosie Daisy Sydney, Australia 05-20-15
    Rosie Daisy Sydney, Australia 05-20-15

    Rosie

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story and mystery!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, extremely well narrated!! The mystery was held until the very end! I'm usually very good at picking the killer, but not this time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle 01-15-15
    Michelle 01-15-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Cookoo's Calling "

    loved it very enjoyable. well read, was emerged until the end, look forward to the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 01-05-15
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A story writer is not necessarily a crime writer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It’s well written and performed and it’s easy and compelling to listen to. The character development is pretty good and it’s well paced. It’s not a book you will regret purchasing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well no..... Okay so the book follows a linear timeline and you follow the movements of the protagonist and his sidekick. Theres heaps of detail so you basically see everything as it unfolds so when it comes to the ending... well it all sort of fails. Theres the predictable "twist" but while it fits into what you learnt along the way its all a bit lame. Theres no cleverness, no anticipation, no wow moments. With most crime and thriller type books theres always some cloak and mirror type writing to conceal things from the reader to tease us and this lacks that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    madhu 11-24-14
    madhu 11-24-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor detective story ordinary narration"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Very ordinary detection element in the book. And the narrator frequently lapsed into mixed voices. Not very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Calkin Kapiti Coast, New Zealand 09-13-14
    Richard Calkin Kapiti Coast, New Zealand 09-13-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great ending.. a little long on detail!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Let's face it, a whodunnit is best when it has a twist at the end... this delivered that.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No it didn't - it dragged a little. But it was worth persevering.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the accents.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Cuckoo's Calling and why?

    The main character was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    A good middle of the road thriller. I'd recommend it and I will no doubt read more of these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marius 09-01-14
    Marius 09-01-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very enjoyable indeed"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    It is a mystery novel - once you know the mystery there is no point in listening to it again - although it is narrated beautifully


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    The Silkworm - same series


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first - fantastic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but it is a very decent length and do provide hours of excellent entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    A beautifully written story like only a true master like J K Rowling can do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bluebells 07-31-14
    Bluebells 07-31-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    153
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A well written but static detective story"

    All in all, this book is well written. There are many characters who move around a well thought murder mystery. The reader's performance is also very enjoyable. This was for me the best discovery of this audio book: Robert Glenister.

    I however felt that the story never really took off. It was like listening to an Agatha Christie audio book: many nice settings and descriptions, but not much action. I am now one hour before the end and I do not have the feeling that there was any twist or change in the original situation of the characters.

    Many dialogues unveiled different parts of the plot, but there were almost no conflictual situations between the characters: everybody is nice to everyone else. The main character, Cormoran Strike, is moving around asking questions, getting responses... and everything feels so slow moving! The author walks you through the story, but it is like walking in a long green field.

    In short, this is far from being a thriller: it is a well written static detective story.
    It is good for bed time, because it will help you to catch sleep.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Matt Sapsford
    London, England
    5/12/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More please"

    Truly excellent story and great narration. Well written characters to care for whom I hope will return.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    6/23/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very good intro to the main characters"

    great one man detective story. loads of wit and human interest. I will look forward to follow on books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    6/18/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A perfect crIme listen"

    Definitely one of my best listens of the year. A crime novel on a par with early Rendell and PD James. It was so refreshing to listen to a classic crime novel that wasn't full of either violence, melodrama or psychological plot twists. Of course I enjoy the latter in my crime listening but Robert Galbraith's more classic approach makes it quite unique in the genre today. It is well written, fantastically narrated, has perfect characterisation and the plot moves along at a good pace. Highly recommended.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    7/17/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"

    I didn't get round to reviewing this earlier and now it's all a bit of a waste of time - all I can say is well done JK - I loved this - couldn't stop listening - the reading was brilliant and the story very entertaining and indeed quite gripping - loved the characters. I even went on line to see if the author published a sequel as I'd enjoyed the first so much - or indeed written any other books.....!!
    Enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • krangu
    London, United Kingdom
    4/24/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fantastic book"

    ;loved listening to this book.Would like to recommend it to my friends and family.;loved listening to this book.Would like to recommend it to my friends and family.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Watford, United Kingdom
    5/29/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb Debut"

    Imagine Raymond Chandler crossed with Douglas Adams, and you get something approximating this excellent debut novel from Robert Galbraith. The plot is centred around the death of a supermodel; suicide is the obvious verdict, a verdict that her brother cannot accept. There is little to add about the plot, and laid in such bare terms it sounds like a cliche of countless other novels of this genre. I can assure the listener, however, that both the plot twists and the prose themselves make this anything but a cliche. The author's use of the English language makes the book a must-listen in its own right, the construction of the words themselves are a delight; a number of idiosyncratic similes and metaphors are simply inspired, the description of one model's attempt at a pout making me laugh out loud. Whilst all the characters are colourful in their own right, the book is based around a one-legged gumshoe detective and his temporary secretary, who has harboured a secret desire from childhood to work for a private eye. He is a world-weary former member of the military, she a fresh-faced and somewhat naive Yorkshire girl recently arrived in London. Again, these sound somewhat cliched and two-dimensional when described in such basic terms, but they are so well written that they are anything but. With audiobooks, the narrator is arguably just as important as the book itself. Robert Glenister does a sterling job here, especially with the vocal characterisation of all those we meet. His skills definitely added to my awarding the full five stars to "The Cuckoo's Calling". Anybody who enjoys a good crime novel will love this; anyone who doesn't, won't. This may seem pedantic, but it is worth saying as a great review can sometimes tempt listeners into books that are patently unsuitable for their taste. This may be just another of many detective tales, but I, for one, cannot wait for the sequel.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    GRANGE OVER SANDS, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Underwhelming."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Having read several of the rave reviews, I was looking forward to a good listen. I ended up being very dissappointed. I made it to the end (just), but found the plot contrived and the characters undeveloped and rather one dimensional. I wanted to understand more about the background of the main protagonists Cormoran and Robin.. their back stories, their inner worlds, their lives. But, alas... Not to be. Not a patch on books such as Reginald Hill's "The Woodcutter"


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less cliche, more development of the characters and their inner motivations.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None stand out.


    Any additional comments?

    Passable.. But not wonderful. Just discovered today, after finishing it (struggling to listen to this for three weeks or so) that its actually by J K Rowling. Even more disappointed, as I felt she did a lot better with Harry Potter et al.

    The narration was good.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    England
    1/6/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring bland book - expected more"
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    More substance to all characters.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    It was just so flat and boring. I kept on expecting it to liven up a bit. It never did. I was not surprised at the ending, sussed it out very early on. Never seemed to pick up pace.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A delight to listen to. The only reason I carried on listening. If I had been reading it I would have given up and skipped to the final pages just to confirm what I had sussed out.


    What character would you cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

    There would be none left!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I was beguiled by the authors past history.So disappointing. I expected a book of twists, turns and surprises. It was more like a book written by someone trying hard but with no real idea of how to write a gripping mystery or interesting read. I seem to be in the minority as most have given excellent reviews. Perhaps I should listen to it again, on second thoughts, life is just too short!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • David Pillinger
    Stroud Gloucestershire
    7/22/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent."

    I was so worried, after the disastrous "The Casual Vacancy" (all copies of which should be rounded up and recycled), that J K Rowling might have been a one trick pony and that the brilliance of the Harry Potter series might never be replicated in anything else she wrote.
    I am delighted to discover that my fears were unfounded. This is perhaps not quite in that league but it's very good indeed, with the central characters well conceived and a good story. Finishing this first one leaves you waiting for the next one, and she's clearly laid down the foundations for as long a series as she can keep thinking up the ideas.
    The narrator is very good too. Some of the Audible books I've listened to recently have had American narrators whose grasp of punctuation has been tenuous so it's been nice to listen to somebody for whom reading is clearly not a chore.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/14/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another please"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Listened to it twice which is my bench mark for a good book. Looking forward to the next book so can see the characters develop along with another excellent tale.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.