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)
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.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Intriguing story and now I am just awaiting the next in the series. Very atmospheric book...I felt that I was there. The characters are so real and I didn't want to leave them when the story was finished.
Great charcters from JK, there will be more to come I'm sure.
Nice pace of story telling.
Robert Glenister is excellent.
Entertaining, gripping, fun
I liked both leads.
No. His narration was perfect.
Yes! I kept finding all sorts of excuses to start listening (I have never cleaned and ironed so much!). Haven't had so much fun reading a book in a long time.
I'm so glad JK wrote this after her bad one, The Casual Vacancy (couldn't get past chapter 3). This is a modern mystery with characters I could totally believe are real. I hope there's another in the works.
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I wouldn't try another in this mystery series. Will I keep trying J.K. Rowling in the hope of another Harry Potter, definitely
The ending. The book built beautifully, lots of intrigue and wondering but the end answer just didn't live up to it. It seemed somehow illogical to me.
He did do brilliant accents and voices, you knew character from character. The swearing is more intrusive in an audible book though and there is A LOT of swearing.
The explicit language really tainted my view of this book. I was forgiving it until the end of the story was so unsatisfactory. The writing is eloquent and it's a swift and absorbing read though.
I haven't read the print version so cannot comment.
The surprise ending
This is the first time I have listened to Robert Glenister but will look out for future performances.
Engaging, clever, well written
the plot flowed well
Fantastic! Really Great
Quite a few
A great listen for you mystery buffs
"Contemporary British update on the gritty PI genre"
Cormoran Strike (yes really) is a wounded vet turned private investigator whose life is falling apart. Into his office walks, first, Robin the new temp, and then a client who wants Strike to prove his sister, super model Lula Landry, did not kill herself, but was murdered.
Well-written, with engaging characters, plenty of red herrings and a satisfying conclusion. While it covers some dark ground, the tone stays lighter than expected. Kept me up past bed time. Robert Glenister's reading is first rate, handling a number of different accents with panache. The writing is deceptively straight forward, and has an easy pace. A fresh take on a familiar theme, and an unusually confident debut novel. More please, Mr Glenister.
"Are these real reviews?"
I am a regular Audible listener, have been taking the monthly credit option for 3 years so have listened to a fair number of books. I chose this on the strength of the listeners recommendations which normally work a treat. Wow, I got this one wrong, I just don't get it. The narrator is excellent but he cant make a silk purse from a sows ear and that is what this book is. No depth in the characters, no twists or turns....it was just flat.
I came to this book on the back of the Lewis novels (set in the Isle of Lewis) by Peter May, now they are true 5 star listens. I have listened to The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill another 5 star listen. I might be missing something but this book was not in the same league and was an absolute waste of several hours of my life.
"Keep an open mind!"
Don't be put off by the fact J K Rowling wrote this (and the excellent follow ups). I've never read a jot of Harry Potter, and didn't like The Casual Vacancy, but this book is excellent. Really good plot, enough character but not too much to get in the way, a good paced slow building tension and great denouement. The narrator is excellent.
"Hooked from the off"
The quality of the characterisation is amplified by the quality of Robert Glanister's narration. So many characters, superbly brought to life by Glannister. Made for TV, with the said narrator in the leading role
Not sure. It's a detective crime thriller and I'd say it should compare or exceed many similar books, but I can't say I've read/heard one to make such a comparison.
Pretty much covered, other than to add that he has audible abilities that are hard to beat
No. I never do. Leaves you wanting for me if broken in to hourly slots.
I'll ourchase Robert Galbraith's other crime thrillers in this series. Recommend you do the same, you won't be sorry.
"Fantastic - loved it!!"
Have been meaning to listen/read one of the Strike novels for ages, and this finally got to the top of the list. Well - why have I been procrastinating. I absolutely LOVED this. The story was excellent, and I love Strike and Robin's characters. The rest of the cast were well described, and as others have said, you have to be alert for all sorts of useful information not necessarily signalled as such! Loved it so much, have immediately bought the next two books, and am half-way through #2. Superb series.
And Robert Glenister - what can I say. I did not realise it was him reading it when I bought the book. After the first session of listening, when I kept thinking 'this guy sounds like Robert Glenister when he was reading the early Billingham Tom Thorne books'..... I was delighted to see I was spot on. I could listen to RG until the proverbial cows come home. And I was really impressed at the breadth of his performance across so many diverse characters. He really is a superstar, and I hope that they manage to keep him for all future performances (I still hanker after him on the Thorne books!).
I really enjoyed Cuckoos Calling. It's kept me entertained through various tedious journeys. Going to get the next one.
"A good listen"
I enjoyed this audio book very much, mostly due to Robert Glenister's performance, although I did enjoy the story. I think his portrayal of the characters was true, especially the main character, Cormerant Strike. I wanted to keep listening to the end even though it was quite obvious how it would end. Would recommend to anyone who likes a mystery well read. Will be downloading the next if they are narrated by Robert Glenister.
"Didn't want it to end!"
My first audio book. Absolutely loved it. can't wait to start Silkworm. Didn't know until halfway through who the author was.
I think it’s all already been said in countless other reviews of this book. This is a great start to a series and of course now that we know who the writer is, there is no need to go through the whole course of what a great first novel! However, it is a great and incredibly successful first attempt at murder mystery adult fiction, well written, as is all of the authors literary contributions, nicely read, damn good story, although probably not that unpredictable, highly recommended and I just can’t wait for the next book. This is another series that is going to grow, both the characters and story line, and I certainly am looking forward to what is going to follow. I don't care what I've read in the papers that the author should move over and make room for lesser known good stories and authors, for as long as she can give us these great books, I want to read them - keep them coming.
"A ratttling good read"
The main character Cormoran Strike is excellent - an illegitimate son of a famous musician and a somewhat zany mother - nothing in his background would have predicted him ending up in a career with the military police and now a private dick - minus half a leg after an incident in Afghanistan. He is called in to investigate the suspicious suicide of a top model from the balcony of a fashionable appartment in London. Although nearing financial ruin he had forgotten to cancel his demand for a temporary p.a. Enter robin, a feisty Yorkshire lass who throws herself into dectection work with alacrity. The budding relationship between the two is touching and amusing. The investigation itself can at times be a little sluggish especially at the start of the book but once it takes off the writing becomes very fluent and enjoyable. I loved the cockney characters especially with a rendition of their authentic sound even if the constant 'F' word might put off some. I was brought up in London and I felt the author really captured the speech rhythms of the Londoners. The narrator was on the whole excellent but the one accent he cannot master is London West Indies speech - I had to grit my teeth all through the interview with the West Indian porter at the hotel. Apart from that little quibble I would definitely reccommend this book.
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