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
"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)
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.
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!
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
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.
Very ordinary detection element in the book. And the narrator frequently lapsed into mixed voices. Not very engaging.
Let's face it, a whodunnit is best when it has a twist at the end... this delivered that.
No it didn't - it dragged a little. But it was worth persevering.
I liked the accents.
The main character was excellent.
A good middle of the road thriller. I'd recommend it and I will no doubt read more of these characters.
It is a mystery novel - once you know the mystery there is no point in listening to it again - although it is narrated beautifully
The Silkworm - same series
This was my first - fantastic
No but it is a very decent length and do provide hours of excellent entertainment
A beautifully written story like only a true master like J K Rowling can do
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.
I loved all the mystery and entanglements surrounding the alleged suicide of the supermodel and the interaction between Cormoran Strike and his temp. secretary Robin.
Each twist in the story kept me guessing about what really happened and who was involved. The story kept me intrigued all the way through.
I am glad that it was leaked that J.K Rowling wrote this under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and that the profits have gone to charity. I may not have purchased this book otherwise and been able to enjoy an excellent story from a master storyteller. Robert Glenister's performance as narrator was brilliant as well.
"Boring bland book - expected more"
More substance to all characters.
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.
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.
There would be none left!!!
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!!!
"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.
"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.
Truly excellent story and great narration. Well written characters to care for whom I hope will return.
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.....!!
"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.
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.
I really expected more from the author with the imagination to create Harry Potter. This story was completely unoriginal and each character was a cliche. Most especially the private detective: military past, fallen from career peak, shambolic semi alcoholic and homeless with a broken love life. Sound familiar? Non of the characters fulfilled their promise and the ending and premise for the murder was completely unbelievable.
I enjoyed the little hints and parodies of known celebrities and the world of the media and lavish restaurants is one that the author clearly knows well. For the most part it was readable, if not particularly clever or fulfilling.
The relationship between the detective and his secretary was very subtle. What I liked least were the lengthy interviews - almost soliloquies by the witnesses or friends. It was as if they were trying to write a story. Very boring.
No I would not recommend it although I would be interested to read a sequel - which I am sure there will be - to see how the plots and revelations develop.
He was very good. His accents were all very good.
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"
Less cliche, more development of the characters and their inner motivations.
None stand out.
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.
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