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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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    JD 02-17-14
    JD 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "BOOOORING and long"
    What disappointed you about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I kept waiting for the story to unfold and made it through half the book and was still completely bored. She spends 15 minutes talking about banal details


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    Spencer IMLAY CITY, MI, United States 02-15-14
    Spencer IMLAY CITY, MI, United States 02-15-14
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    "Good start, horrendous finish"
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    An ending that doesn't insult the intelligence of the writer. Also, no random sex scene just for the sake of having a sex scene.


    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because I enjoy murder mysteries.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Booming voice, clear and pungent in his style.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger as well as disappointment. This book was ok until the end. And by then I had become semi-invested in the plot. Then suddenly the book suddenly springs a sex scene on you for no reason other than, "Hi, I'm a pale supermodel, and I like bulky guys." That and the ending which makes the entire book POINTLESS.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to write a murder mystery, this is a good start Rowling, just next time do better.

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    mandavail 02-11-14
    mandavail 02-11-14 Member Since 2010

    when it comes to finding a good book to loose myself in, i'm looking for something that makes me think & if i am lucky also makes me laugh

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    "Wonderfully Written!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the writing. I have never read the Harry Potter books so i had no idea what to expect from J.K. Rowling, so i was delighted to find she is a wonderful writer! The mystery was complex and kept you guessing right up to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. I love reading mysteries, but more often then not the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, either too perfect to believe or too ignorant, However, Rowling does a superb job of creating interesting characters with complex and developed personalities. I really hope she decides to make this into a series because i would really like to see how she would have her characters develop and grow as the stories progress


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    i think Glenister did a really nice job with his narration. A good narrator enhances the story and doesn't take away from it and Glenister definitely enhanced the story and characters with his performance


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

    The book had some cute moments that made me smile, but it also had sad and touching moments, especially since Rowling created a victim that the reader actually feels morns the death of.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! It will make you enjoy mysteries again.

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    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An engaging page turner."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.


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

    I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.


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    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14
    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14
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    "Very much enjoyed this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, it was a great story and I had a fantastic listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main protagonist, Strike and Robyn, worked so well with each other. I was dreading the possibility of a romantic situation arising between the two and was happily pleased that the story didn't go that way.


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

    Accents! They development of the characters with fantastic accents to boot, from posh, to street, to snobbery. I loved Glenster's narration.


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

    Quite a few. Some of my random outbursts of laughter attracted looks from strangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Eagerly awaiting the next book/story from Glenster.

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    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 02-03-14
    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 02-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent whodunit with a great narrator"

    The characters in this story are very nicely drawn. Things move along at a good pace, unlike so many works in this genre which tend to drag in the middle. The story is fairly conventional and the ending is just a bit too neat. Still in all, well worth the listen and highly entertaining. Hope Mr. Galbraith is working on a sequel.

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    Carl 02-03-14
    Carl 02-03-14
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    "Mostly Enjoyable, if Formulaic"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have left him quite so flat. Surely he had a couple of friends, real friends, left in the world. Either that or make it harder to gain access to the upper crust of society.


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

    I can read it while driving!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Fashion. Lies. Death. All in a day's work.


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    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 02-02-14
    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too Dumb"

    Interesting reader but dialogue and action just too crazy for me. At first I thought reader was reading a Phillip Carr book but then writing didn't match the reader's capability

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    julienne 01-24-14
    julienne 01-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Kinda like Jack Taylor"

    I never would have read this if I hadn't known who'd written it, since I don't normally read detective fiction that doesn't involve magic of some kind. I'm so glad I picked this up, though. It's not Dickens, but then again, it's not supposed to be. If you watch Jack Taylor or A Touch of Frost (or read the books they're based on), I very much recommend this.

    The whodunit nature of this never felt contrived, and I cared deeply about the individual characters involved throughout the plot. Rowling's always been good at creating characters, and it shows. I'm almost reminded of Agatha Christie, in that the motivations of the different characters are explored just as much as the deductive sciencey CSI-type stuff.

    I really hope that we'll see another Galbraith book in the future, even knowing who's really doing the writing. This was great, and I'd happily read more.

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    Gail Huntsville, Albania 01-23-14
    Gail Huntsville, Albania 01-23-14
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    "Great grown up mystery from a writer for the ages"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I have to be honest, I didn't buy this until I heard it was really written by JK Rowling. I read A Casual Vacancy and didn't care for it. It's hard to live up to the monumental body of work that is the Harry Potter series, and frankly, that's enough to secure her place in literary history. But with this book, Robert (aka Jo) is back. Great story. Great narration. Can't wait for more.


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