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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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    denise easton, PA, United States 12-02-13
    denise easton, PA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just loved this book.."
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    It was entertaining


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

    Loved the designer - funny as hell the personalities


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen enjoyed during my compute to work

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    Wincheryl Minnesota 12-01-13
    Wincheryl Minnesota 12-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this story was interesting, it went on and on. It took as much time to explain the mystery as it took to read the story. Someone needs to stick with Harry.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No-Don't really care what happens to Comoran.


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    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 12-01-13
    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audiobook so far, the voice performer did such an amazing job I forgot it was only one person reading the book at times. I'm actually listening to it a second time right now.


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

    The end was really good!


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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 11-29-13
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed this book. Look forward to more."

    This reminds me of a bit of a traditional hard-boiled PI movie. You'd expect it to be a 1940's B&W movie - although in modern times. The main character isn't as slick as a Humphrey Bogart. In fact, his life is a bit of a mess. Come to think of it though, isn't that usually a characteristic of a traditional PI?

    The characters feel very real. One of those books that you miss when you finish it and look forward to the next in the series. (I hope it's going to be a series?)

    If I have one criticism, the book sometimes became a long series of interviews with suspects. While it didn't really drag, it would be nice to bring a little more action to the writing.

    The writing is very good and the narration is excellent. Well-worth your credit!

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    Annie H New York, NY 11-26-13
    Annie H New York, NY 11-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Book"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I would say "fascinating" "intriguing" "funny"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormoran Strike tops my list. His character is written so well that you can visualize what he looks like. He's funny, irreverent, hard-nosed and clever. I like that in a PI.


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

    Robert Glenister gives all of the characters life. He is a terrific performer and is so enthusiastic about the material that I was caught up in the excitement of it all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to put it down to go to sleep but did so reluctantly.


    Any additional comments?

    JK Rowling did a fabulous job with this book and I hope she has more of them up her sleeve!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 11-25-13
    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I'm not a big mystery-whodunit reader, so I only picked this up based on reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I wish it were a series, because now that it's over I can't stop thinking about the characters and I'm ready for the next adventure! The details, character development and pacing were all perfect and I found myself looking forward to the next car ride or run so that I could continue listening.

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    Mumstheword REDMOND, WA, United States 11-23-13
    Mumstheword REDMOND, WA, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Detective Fiction At It's Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I think that because this is such a consummate mystery with many clues that it would be just as good to read this as to listen to. Perhaps in some ways better.


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

    I would compare it to anything by PD James and the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Ruth Rendell. It's also reminiscent of Elizabeth George.


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

    Cormoran Strike


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

    The denouement when Cormoran Strike faces the killer.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a superb read. A ripping good yarn. It joins my top ten. It's hard to find gritty detective genre fiction. Cormoran Strike fits nicely. A troubled, broken hero, a suffering heart, money troubles, living on the edge. What an excellent new addition to follow all those other marginalized gumshoes. It's a great read. I wish I was starting it all over again. What a great pleasure. Top marks.

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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 11-23-13
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gosh I hope there's more Cormoran Strike coming"

    I want to know what's happening in Strikes life and his shabby office and his PI cases and his secretary and his famous father. I want to know if he rescues a dog (or possibly a cat) and if his stump heals and if he can take better care of himself. Please keep in touch Robert Galbraith.

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    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't believe it was the author of Harry Potter"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    Best: The detective character and the temporary secretary.Least: Too many "F" bombs. Over compensation by Rowling


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Galbraith again?

    No


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Another book that could have benefited from editing

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    Vivian R. Wade GOODLETTSVILLE, TN, US 11-19-13
    Vivian R. Wade GOODLETTSVILLE, TN, US 11-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "UNNECCESSARILY COARSE LANGUAGE"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    No. I really tried to listen to this book. The main character and his assistant were likeable - but the language kept getting worse and worse. I bet the F-bomb was thrown out over 300 times - and I couldn't even finish the book. Who needs that? Not me!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Galbraith again?

    Definitely not


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

    Robin


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

    All of the redundant cursing scenes. There are other ways to get your point across.


    Any additional comments?

    Come on, authors! We're better than that - and so are you!!

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