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The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

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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)

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    James 06-24-14
    James 06-24-14
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    "A brilliant mystery"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Virginia Waldron 05-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic ...."

    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.

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    P Leeds, United Kingdom 05-11-14
    P Leeds, United Kingdom 05-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Great charcters from JK, there will be more to come I'm sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Nice pace of story telling.


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

    Robert Glenister is excellent.


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    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
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    "A wonderful experience from start to finish"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, gripping, fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both leads.


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

    No. His narration was perfect.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Clare Australia 01-30-14
    Clare Australia 01-30-14
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    "Great story!"

    Robert Galbraith is a fantastic word-smith. The story kept me captivated from the first chapter. Thank JK. Robert Glenister's voice was a perfect choice.

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    Moonglotexas South Africa 01-21-14
    Moonglotexas South Africa 01-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Unsatisfying ending and rather explicit language"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    I wouldn't try another in this mystery series. Will I keep trying J.K. Rowling in the hope of another Harry Potter, definitely


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lyn McQuade 01-17-14
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so cannot comment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The surprise ending


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

    This is the first time I have listened to Robert Glenister but will look out for future performances.


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    Audible Listener Australia 01-13-14
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    "A Great listen"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, clever, well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot flowed well


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic! Really Great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for you mystery buffs

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    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 01-05-14
    Linda Quorrobolong Australia 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "surprisingly good"

    when I heard this was written by JK Rowling I went off the idea of reading it but decided to persevere which I'm glad I did, The characters were great and multidimensional. The story line was full of twists and turns. The reader was also excellent. well worth a listen.

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    Peter 01-04-14
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    "A great story with a fantastic storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The realistic and contemporary storyline, which was entertaining and suspenseful right to the last chapter. The narrator was brilliant.


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

    Any number of contemporary detective stories in the genre, however Comoran Strike is a less conventional central character which makes it unique.


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

    A fantastic narrative which brings alive all of the individual characters, giving them texture and dimensions which can't be achieved when you read.
    The relationships are real, and motivations are more believable as a result of Mr Glenister's skill and talented performance.


    If you could rename The Cuckoo's Calling, what would you call it?

    The name is entirely appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this audiobook, and look forward to more adventures with Cormoran Strike and Robyn.

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  • Michelle
    Hawthorn, Australia
    6/23/13
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    "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.

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  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    5/22/13
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    "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.

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  • Andy
    1/21/16
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    "Hooked from the off"
    What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    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


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

    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.


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

    Pretty much covered, other than to add that he has audible abilities that are hard to beat


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

    No. I never do. Leaves you wanting for me if broken in to hourly slots.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll ourchase Robert Galbraith's other crime thrillers in this series. Recommend you do the same, you won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Hughes
    Catalonia
    1/10/16
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    "stunning"

    I really enjoyed Cuckoos Calling. It's kept me entertained through various tedious journeys. Going to get the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ninny.chris
    10/8/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. Midgley
    1/21/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/14/14
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    "Great story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    3/21/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    3/15/14
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    "Don't judge me by my cover..."

    I was nudged to read this by the nice people at Audible and rejected it many times before giving it a go.

    Trust Audible is my advice. I really enjoyed the book its a real character lead "who done it" and I didn't guess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    London, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Dull, dull dull"
    Any additional comments?

    I know this is the first one of its genre from the author...whose other work is of course superb. I loved the main character, but the story was so dull and so uninteresting I could not finish it. Need more interesting characters....need more twists and turns....just needs lots!!Wonderful narrator, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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