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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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  • Andrea
    Coalville, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "This is amazing!"

    The J K Rowling hype put me off initially, but as there were so many good reviews I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. Cormoran Strike is an immediately likeable character, as is Robin and I loved the relationship between the 2 of them. I do not have any negatives to report and I'm looking forward to a sequel.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I was gutted when it ended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Puts the Super into Sluth!"

    How can this haphazzard down and not so 'out' private detective land such a coveted job? Well without spoiling the whole story, because people assume he is a haphazzard down and out PI! This is an amazing story to listen to. Robert Glenister had me hooked to the charcters very early on and the fantastic story line had me listening to the wee hours of the morning in the car and when ever I could. I came to care deeply for the characters Strike and his temporary secretary come side kick Robin .... I cannot wait for the next instalment! Well done on such a superb who dunnit I really really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Liverpool, UK
    12/2/13
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    "Nice book, not necessarily my genre"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are the type of person who likes mysteries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well written with lots of believable characters with enough mystery and back story to keep you interested.


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

    The narration was excellent, and I immediately looked up what other books he had narrated. He was good at female characters too, which sometimes sound a bit simpering or pathetic when done by male narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, but not my usual genre... I listened to it because of the hype and it was on offer. It was worth a listen and I'll probably listen to any follow-up books, as I like the main characters and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Excellent story, magnificent narration"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't turn off!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was absolutely fabulous, and the main characters were great - very believable and easy to get attached to.


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

    No


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

    The book made me laugh out loud at some points.


    Any additional comments?

    A really excellent book - i was extremely sad when it finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karin
    Long Ashton, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Great characters, great story, great narrator"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    The Cuckoo's Calling is definitely worth a second listen. I'm going to introduce it on the next long car journey we make. It will make the miles go by faster.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormoran Strike was the most interesting and well drawn character in the book, which is not to say that the other characters were in any way lacking. I liked the fact we never met his beloved face to face, interesting and created tension for me.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Robert Glenister did a superb job of narrating this book. He was able to find believable voices for all the characters and hold them throughout - not an easy task with accents, different ages and gender to deal with. Also, when narrating (rather than in dialogue) he sounded like Robert Galbraith, the author. I know this may seem odd as we know the author is JK Rowling, but one of the great successes of this book is that Rowling creates a totally believable alter ego. Robert Glenister reflects this very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Cresswell
    South Yorkshire UK
    12/1/13
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    "who's Harry Potter?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Robert Glenister has a great range when narrating adding character depth


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced and story flows


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

    The lead character Cormorant


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

    Made me laugh quite a few times


    Any additional comments?

    One downside level of use of one swear word not always required story could work as well without it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RBird
    12/1/13
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    "An interesting story fromJK"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


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

    The Stieg Larsson trilogy of books as it keeps the suspense going


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

    I enjoyed it , far better than his TV roles


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

    From the beginning to the end, there were lots of twists and turns that kept me hooked


    Any additional comments?

    I hope JK writes a few more of these, I can see Cormorant Strike becoming a firm favourite :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • emma
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Robert Glenister makes this audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I recommended it to my mum and she also loved it. I didn't to stop listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was the twists and turns. I did not predict the ending. It was an excellent story


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

    I loved the narrator, if I had read this book I am sure it would have been great but Roberts voices made it come alive


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

    To find the truth you have to break the silence


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Frankland
    Cambridge, UK
    12/1/13
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    "Engaging, Well-Written Characters"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Most crime books don't have much re-listen value, but the complexity of Robert Galbraith's characters and the subtle nuances of his plots make this worth another going over. The story is engaging and although others of this genre can feel rushed the pacing keeps you interested without catching you in a whirlwind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, the strength of the plot makes this audio book so worthwhile. It is multi-faceted without seeming contrived or too complicated and none of his characters act unconvincingly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Shipley, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "A pleasant surprise!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Excellent choice of narrator, when I purchased it the real author was unknown and the book stood on its own merit. I had recommended it to others before the news broke about the author which is high prase indeed.


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

    The great use of a main character with a not immediately obvious disability.


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

    Dramatisation


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

    Never underestimate a man in search of the truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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