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The Cuckoo's Calling | [Robert Galbraith]

The Cuckoo's Calling

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
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Publisher's Summary

The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    robert 01-20-15
    robert 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "took awhile but I liked it."

    this was one of those books that seemed to take forever; for better or worse- but JK is without a doubt a great storyteller. I will for sure read tge second book, but im in no hurry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-14-14
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Cormoran Strike Grabs Your Attention Right Off"

    This is a new series for this author. Who would think the same author could write Harry Potter and then write something as gritty and grubby as this series. The protagonist makes you want to know more about him right from the start. He is a sympathetic character who is very smart but dumb in romance. Not unusual I guess. Anyway, Cormoran is now living in his office after breaking up with his abusive girlfriend of 12 or so years. He is contacted to look into a suicide which his client believes is murder. The story takes off from there and gives the reader a good story. It is a sophisticated storyline and the author inserts lots of references to let you know that Strike is no dummy. I like the deep voice of the narrator and his accent which adds to the strength of Cormoran. He is a big man, 6'3" and weighing 16 stone (224 pounds). The descriptions of his disability and his unusual hairiness are important to seeing him. I hope there are lots of books to follow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-30-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-30-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Liked It, But Didn't Love It"

    I don't know if I would have purchased this book if it weren't for J.K. Rowling's authorship. All said, I'm glad I did. However, I wouldn't put it in the category of the Harry Potter series -- which I loved.

    Glenister did a masterful job of the narration. He handles women's voices deftly -- something that is hard for most male narrators. His ability to do multiple accents was excellent and a lot of fun to listen to. Definitely better than I could have done in my mind were I reading this hardcopy.

    The two main characters were unusual and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions. The secondary characters were not as well drawn nor nearly as likable.

    The story: herein lies the problem. The story line had promise that wasn't well fulfilled. It moved from being muddled and confusing to dull and tedious and then to some spates of intense action. If this is Rowling's first step into something other than YA stories, that might explain some of the weaknesses.

    Given the narrator and the primary characters, I will keep listening to this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 10-30-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 10-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great writing"

    The fact that Rowling wrote this book got me to listen to it. Very happy I did because it was great read. Great mystery well written and with a great narration. Only similarity between Cuckoo and Harry was the superb writing. Hope to hear more from Ms. Robert Galbraith.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 07-23-13
    Anne San Diego, CA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't stop listening..."
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The writing, the story, the performance...all above average. I was SO sad when I reached the end. Didn't want it to be over. I sure hope this is the first of many. Loved the character development - loved everything.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 07-23-13
    Tracy 07-23-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Hoping for a series!"

    This is the best book I've read in a long, long time. What a fascinating story with wonderful imagery. The story swept me away into the characters lives, keeping me guessing. The narrator was perfect. My only dislike is that I am finished it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Jenkins 07-21-13
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    "Great Mystery, Amazing Performance"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the private eye, Cormoran Strike: tough, smart, full of heart, wry, cool, thoroughly flawed -- just great. Great interviewing and extracting of key info and using his imagination to understand when the pieces didn't fit and how to make connections. And although modern and realistic, the book wasn't gory -- phew!And the narration was truly superb.


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

    After I finish writing this review, I'm hunting down Robert Glenister's other performances and will begin downloading immediately. He was fantastic -- so full of understanding and intelligence, empathy and wry humor. He made the experience of listening like being at the movies, bringing all the characters to life with fantastic timing. I'm too American to understand what Strike's accent is supposed to be! Maybe Robert Glenister will explain it to us; I know that mixture of strains is indicative of Strike's motley background, but I don't know how!


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

    Strike's sympathy for his characters -- his moments of really understanding them was always moving. But I was touched by his inner responses to learning key info -- a kind of commitment that was so great. And I was touched by his heart going out to his own mother and Lula --the women who wouldn't or couldn't follow the rules.


    Any additional comments?

    Long may JK Rowling and Robert Glenister continue to bring to life the damaged, the great Cormoran Strike.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-17-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "Robert Galbraith/J K Rowling well written mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    From the very start, you were hooked into this story. I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to know what happened next. Also you really cared for the characters. They were believable and had depth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Cormoran and Robin I enjoyed how they interacted and it was enjoyable to see how their characters evolved


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many but of course the scene were the murder is exposed


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

    There were many emotional moments but it was constantly moving and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    Supposedly this is a pen name of JK Rowling....I never read any of the "Potter" books so I can't make a comparison. However this book is wonderful and I hope he/she continues this series

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Anne WARWICK, NY, United States 07-17-13
    Anne WARWICK, NY, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Mystery"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I loved the characterization of each person, the plots with it's twists and turns, and the intelligence with which it was rendered.


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

    The plot was intriguing because many different facets of the mystery were exposed amidst the sub plots which included the personal lives of the main characters.


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

    Each character had a different voice and it was easy to tell who was speaking even without the written clues. There was no difficulty understanding the ends of sentences like other novels I have listened to and despite the unfamiliar accents I could understand every word. The orator definitely brings a level of excitement and authenticity to the story, as if you are living inside it.


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    susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 07-18-13
    susan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Smart page turner"

    I downloaded this book because of the buzz and stayed because I literally couldn't put it down. First of all, I cared about the main characters...they were complex, interesting and not the least bit cliched. Strike, the main character has a fascinating history and an equally interesting present. Others are likewise intriguing. I wanted to sit down with them, have a good dinner and knew I would be assured of good conversation. The plot is sophisticated and the process of moving through the puzzle is drawn in great detail.
    I also thought the descriptions of place and people were very well done.
    The narration was excellent.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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