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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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    Lily 06-24-14
    Lily 06-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "What a Writer!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


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

    Not really, but I was thoroughly involved with the well-drawn characters.


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

    Both Strike and Robin. I can't wait to read more about them.


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

    I gave it a good try but eventually fell asleep (and then had to backtrack and find my place).


    Any additional comments?

    Just as with her other books, this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The lady is one talented writer and I'm so glad she's continuing to write.

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    suitsme2 06-21-14
    suitsme2 06-21-14
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    absolutely. the narration was excellent. a Brit reading British dialogue is much better than reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters were interesting, good interaction. the plot was good. I did not see it coming, which is always good..


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

    Cormoran - really great - gruff, hard-bitten and very likeable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Walters PIOCHE, NEVADA, US 06-19-14
    Mary Walters PIOCHE, NEVADA, US 06-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A GREAT LISTEN"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, intrig, awesome narration


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

    You never are able to figure out who the killer is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in which the temp and the PI worked together.


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

    Absolutley, but I also loved making it last as long as I could for longer enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    I am counting the hours until book two "Silkworm" downloads in about 2 hours. It is 6-18-14
    at 10:45 pm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14
    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "Great little Hollywood mystery"

    Great introduction to a new lead character. Very colorful characters throughout this book and a nice, compelling albeit lightweight story. A great little piece of entertainment for those of us who like mysteries.

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    DIONNE MASSEY 06-11-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and I love write!

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    "Great Book!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story line was great


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Very Well Written


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I normally not into mysteries but this book had me glued!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-10-14
    Karen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very rewarding listen"

    After discovering that the author is really JK Rowling, I read the reviews and decided to spend my new credit. I'm so glad I did. The story held my interest, the reader was very easy to listen to, the two main characters were completely likable. I started listening to it again the next day after I finished it because I wanted to see what I'd missed the first time around. I enjoyed it even more. Great book!

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    DAB 05-27-14
    DAB 05-27-14

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    "British accent distracting"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Thought this written under jkrowlings pseudonym would be interesting but didn't like storyline. Took too long to get to meat of it


    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    Took too long too much descriptive details about what they were wearing


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mindy 05-18-14
    Mindy 05-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes. The performance was amazing! Robert Glenister did an amazing job portraying different characters by utilizing different accents throughout the book. It was so entertaining that it connected the reader to type of character the author was trying to demonstrate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Gee Some and Marlene Hicks....simply funny characters.


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

    No, I haven't but I will look him up now.


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

    Definitely laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining read, would definitely recommend!

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    Thomas M. David 05-12-14
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    "Extraordinary - worth every minute!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cuckoo's Calling's vivid, lovingly drafted characters and scenes take the reader on an intricate adventure through modern London. The narration captivates from the very first moment. Maybe the best mystery I've heard in several years. Don't miss it.


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    Chana 04-29-14
    Chana 04-29-14
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    "Good Story - Too Many F-words"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There were too many F-words. Less vulgarity would have made this a lot better.


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

    no.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


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

    disappointment in the use of so many, un needed F-words.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great, the characters and plot are fantastic but seriously - the amount of F-words is ridiculous. Most weren't necessary and didn't impact the story or dialogue in a way that if they were gone the same emotions wouldn't have been felt.

    Only read/listen if you are okay with hearing the F-word 300+ times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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