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The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook
The Cuckoo's Calling
Written by: 
Robert Galbraith
Narrated by: 
Robert Glenister
The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

The Cuckoo's Calling

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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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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-17-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013

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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 26 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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 18 people found this review helpful
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    Grandspud So Cal 10-20-13
    Grandspud So Cal 10-20-13 Member Since 2014

    "No matter where you go... there you are."

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    "No Wonder She Used an Alias!"
    Any additional comments?

    My wife and I downloaded this book as our "listen" during a seven-day car trip. It was so uninteresting that the travel time seem twice as long. I was screwed as my wife is very tenacious and once she starts a book (or anything) she completes it whether she likes it or not. We both thought the book was improbable, dull and a waste of a credit (not to mention 16 hours of life.)

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 10-03-13
    Jacqueline 10-03-13

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    "Perfect Mystery--Perfect Narration"

    I might have passed this wonderful story by (like many other's probably) had I not found out who the author was--and so glad I did.

    The two main characters, P.I. Strike, and office temp Robin, play off each other beautifully. A winning combination of characters moves this story along so well, I hated to see it end.

    Lula, supermodel with an unusual (to say the least) family history, is dead when the book starts. One of her brother's begs Strike to take the case, as the police have all but closed the book on it, assuming it is a suicide. But is it? Did she jump from her apartment building, or was she pushed? P.I. Strike is persistent and clever in figuring it all out.

    Rowling is brilliant in her remarkable ability to leave the Potter stories behind, and go forward with a completely different writing style. I look forward to her next surprise.



    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle 07-18-13
    Regina Seattle 07-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Rich, complex page turner"

    I bought it after reading in the NYT that JK Rowling wrote it, and it's a winner. I was ready for her to write an adult winner, even after reading her "A Casual Vacancy" and finding it lacking. What a depressing dirge of a novel that was, quite the contrast to her Harry Potters. I wondered if she were going to continue to save her energy and humor for children, and pour on the grim for adults.

    This book is the answer, and it's a resounding no. Great writing, Brilliant, seemingly tossed-off descriptions that lodge each character in the head as real. Great detective plot. Wonderful characters, none stereotypes. Surprises abound. I bought it because of the reviews, and because I love the Potter series, which I read aloud to a niece as each came out. This is as good as the Potters, and completely different. Rowling is a writer for the ages, our Graham Greene, maybe. Also, fabulous narrator.

    I love everything about "The Cockoo's Calling," even though I'm not interested in celebrity culture. Turns out that I'm very interested in Rowling's version. That's what great fiction can do - take you places you didn't know you wanted to go. .

    30 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Meg 01-02-16
    Meg 01-02-16

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    "Excellent mystery"

    This book sat in my wish list for quite a long time before I purchased it. I was coming off a string of mediocre books and was hopeful that this would be engaging and entertaining. I was not disappointed.

    One of the things I liked most about this book was the complexity of the main character. He's likeable, at times pathetic, at times strong, and at times weak, and so on. My overall impression is that of someone I would be incredibly interested to know. I enjoyed that aspect of the book very much. The mystery of the book had me guessing all along and I was surprised by the ending.

    I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Mahoney 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great characters, plot, details, performance"

    I enjoyed the Cuckoo's Calling every step of the way. The author melds the stories of the detectives personal and professional life into a fascinating journey, holding your interest throughout. There were many moments that I had to take pause and realize that a single actor was reading all the parts. Bravo.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yodelaheho 12-30-14
    Yodelaheho 12-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Excellent! Just excellent! Buy it, read it, you won't be disappointed.
    Such an immensely thick plot, with so many variables. I was enthralled throughout the whole book and tried as hard as I could to figure out "whodunnit" (as they say) and was not able to figure it out. Masterful!


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    Julia Austin, TX, United States 07-13-14
    Julia Austin, TX, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Apparently, a lot of people liked this book. Read their reviews and see if it's for you. I got 7 hours into it before quitting. In those 7 hours there was no action. Really, none. It seemed like the author wanted to convey how boring PI work can be. I liked the main character but not enough to keep listening, hoping something might happen.


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have added SOME action early on, she could have made me care more about the victim early on, and she could have edited some of those long, rambling sentences that served no plot purpose.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scenes with his sidekick, Robin.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The scene where he interviewed the cop in the bar was deadly boring.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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