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The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1 | [Robert Galbraith]

The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

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...
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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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  • Kindle Customer
    UK
    12/13/13
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    "One of the best"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Narration was good & the story kept you guessing up to the end. Usually only listen in the car but I was taking it everywhere - if I was reading it would qualify as a 'page turner'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sinead
    London, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Brilliant audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The narrator does a great job and the characters really come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike of course!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When the murderer was finally revealed- what a twist!


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

    When Strike bought the beautiful, expensive dress for Robyn.


    Any additional comments?

    Best audiobook I've ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Northwich, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Compelling, realistic and modern day"
    What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Loved the casual style and the intrigue. Best short story I have heard in a while. More please Robert...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Modern setting I knew..so could imagine the script all the more vividly


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

    All executed perfectly.


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

    Poor Strike suffering with his injury!! Wont give too much away


    Any additional comments?

    Go for it, its worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It is a very absorbing book and keeps the listener interested.


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

    Not sure, not normally my type of read.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

    Robert Glenister is a great narrator for this book. The main character of Strike was very believable. His complicated character is well developed by the story and narrator.


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

    I cannot say.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen. Not like harry potter but if you were absorbed into the hp story this is likely to do the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seonaid
    Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Brilliant book, even better audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I had already read The Cuckoo's Calling and thought it was a wonderful book but Robert Glenister's narration is superb and really brings the characters to life, totally illuminating the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great characters and a really good mystery


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic performance with wonderful accents


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Striking story which will keep you guessing


    Any additional comments?

    Totally deserves all the plaudits both for the book and for the audio performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan Wood
    Buckingham
    12/11/13
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    "A great romp"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, well narrated, and enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really loved this audiobook, the plot was really engaging, and the narration was brilliant. I must admit, having seen some of the rather cruel crits about the book, I was prepared not to be so wowed, but I was pleasantly surprised and actually sorry that it ended.

    When I bought it, JK hadn't been outed, but it wouldn't have made any difference in any case!


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

    The voices that he uses for the characters, and the inflections that are made


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh really on occasion!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MissE
    ammanford, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Interesting narrative but predictable twist"
    What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The best part of the cuckoos calling was the detail provided about the main characters during the novel. This allows you to understand the complexity of each character


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favourite part of the story is the beginning as the scene is set for a thrilling novel set across London.


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

    By narrating the story, Robert allows for the characters to be brought to life. By just reading the book, the subtlety of the characters intentions can easily be missed.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If this novel was to be turned into a film then the tag line I would chose would be:- "she started with nothing, and now has it all, now someone wants it all back"


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, despite the hype around J.k.rowling, it was an interesting read with interesting storyline development throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J W Goethe
    England
    12/9/13
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    "the start of a new series?"

    J K Rowling has written a very grown-up book in The Cuckoo's Calling. It's a good story, the characters slightly predictable but then that's usually the case with a detective story and part of the appeal. Robert Glenister is brilliant at narrating and I look forward to the next volume - is there going to be one?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Julia Lambert
    Worcester UIK
    12/8/13
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    "Well narrated, great book"
    What did you like most about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    This is a well written old fashioned style crime novel. Really enjoyed the main characters of Cormoran Strike and his secretary Robin, who proves to be quite an asset during the course of the investigation. The pair steadily work their way through the clues, picking up on clues that the police have missed to slowly unravel the mystery of the model's death. Really hoping to see more of this duo in the future.


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

    Never listened to Robert Glenister before but I most certainly would look out for him again. he was terrific.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    Stocksfield, United Kingdom
    12/7/13
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    "Great story, brilliantly read by Robert Glenister"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I don't usually re-listen to a book so it's unlikely I would listen again to this one. It's a fast paced and interesting story that keeps you gripped and engages you with the characters but I'm not sure there are any life lessons lurking there that warrant a re visit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Got to be Cormorant Strike. Damaged and a bit of a mess but very engaging and you're definitely rooting for him by the end.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant reading. Great characterisation and pauses in all the right places.. My only tiny criticism would be that the female protagonist from Yorkshire sounded a bit thick and I'm not sure she was supposed to..


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

    The characters were well drawn and you cared about them in their various struggles. Cormorant's had a rough life and he came close to drawing a tear..I am from the North though and it takes more than that...


    Any additional comments?

    Altogether I thoroughly enjoyed this book and sincerely hope Ms Rowling hasn't been put off writing any more now she's been unmasked. I'd like to hear more from this crime fighting duo...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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