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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"Very good, shame so much swearing"
Best: very rounded characters, good story, great performance, good twists
Least: too much bad language for me personally so gave 3 stars.
I would have preferred a storyline where the characters swore a lot less. I work from home and listen to audiobooks as I work, but I could only play this through headphones with family around. Didn't stop me buying the next one, but almost did.
Really enjoyed this .
Narration mostly good but occasionally too quiet to hear comfortably in car.
Story line good and not predictable 9
The book in my opinion in audible was superb
Strike, what a great complex character, from his strange childhood to his injury whilst in the forces.
I honestly think casting Robert Glenister as the narrator was genius, you could distinguish each and every character.
This audio book kept my interest from begining to end ,at times there where laugh out loud moments, if you enjoy a good murder mystery set in London then this is a must.
"Great, great, great!"
I just decided to bought the book based on the positive reviews. I did not know what to expect, but I need to say that both the history and the narration are fantastic.
Really good audiobook
"Good story - very well read"
Interesting story. Quite involving. The guy reading it is excellent. Typical murder mystery but entertaining all the same. I would recommend
"A good listen"
I don't usually go for detective fiction and I wonder if I'd have gone for this had it not been written by She Who Must Not Be Named, but I like a flawed protagonist and this one comes with plenty of baggage and a sensible sidekick to boot..
So I'm rather glad I bought this, Robert Glenister narrates well, found myself forgetting the narrator, instead finding the voice of the book in a way that you can't with Steven Fry for instance in his Harry Potter narrations, and the narrative itself carries you along at a leisurely pace for the most part, the joy being in the various interactions as the plot develops. The plot itself isn't the strongest but the whole allows you to suspend disbelief and enjoy rather than rage pedantically at, inconsistencies or contrived misunderstandings.
In all a good listen, so much that I will listen to it again soon
"Sceptical at first but loved it!"
Definitely would recommend this. I was very cautious to begin with - the idea that this book had not sold particularly well until it was leaked that the real author was not 'Galbraith' but Rowling put me off. Actually I felt it was better written than the 'Potter' books and she had captured contemporary life, loves and anxieties really well. It was well plotted, interesting, engaging and quite a neat story. Liked it so much I bought the next one too :)
This is a middle class London centric version of Ian Rankin - and no bad thing because of that. Loved the characterisation of Cormoran and Robin.
Exceptional. I loved the reading and interpretation and I will be seeking out readings by Glenister in the future as he really made the book sing. this would be a 'deal breaker' for me in the future as I think Robert can make a book really come alive. I'll be looking to buy books read by him in the future.
Yes. The plot was engaging and the cliff-hangers at he chapter ending made one want to continue listening.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
really enjoyed this story and was hooked the whole way through with all the twists and turns!
"Loved it - all of it."
Loved the story, the narration, the whole thing. Wished there had been less swearing although it did add authenticity to characters.
"Really enjoyed the book"
I loved narrators Roberts Glenister's voice and reading was excellent .
And it was a good twist at the end. Thank you
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