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)
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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'.
Yes! The narrator does a great job and the characters really come to life.
Strike of course!
When the murderer was finally revealed- what a twist!
When Strike bought the beautiful, expensive dress for Robyn.
Best audiobook I've ever listened to.
"Compelling, realistic and modern day"
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...
Modern setting I knew..so could imagine the script all the more vividly
All executed perfectly.
Poor Strike suffering with his injury!! Wont give too much away
Go for it, its worth a listen
I would recommend this book. It is a very absorbing book and keeps the listener interested.
Not sure, not normally my type of read.
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.
I cannot say.
Well worth a listen. Not like harry potter but if you were absorbed into the hp story this is likely to do the same.
"Brilliant book, even better audiobook"
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
Great characters and a really good mystery
Fantastic performance with wonderful accents
Striking story which will keep you guessing
Totally deserves all the plaudits both for the book and for the audio performance!
"A great romp"
Interesting, well narrated, and enjoyable
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!
The voices that he uses for the characters, and the inflections that are made
Laugh really on occasion!
"Interesting narrative but predictable twist"
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
My favourite part of the story is the beginning as the scene is set for a thrilling novel set across London.
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 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"
Overall, despite the hype around J.k.rowling, it was an interesting read with interesting storyline development throughout.
"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?
"Well narrated, great book"
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.
Never listened to Robert Glenister before but I most certainly would look out for him again. he was terrific.
"Great story, brilliantly read by Robert Glenister"
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.
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.
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..
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...
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...
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