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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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    Katherine san francisco, CA, United States 07-20-14
    Katherine san francisco, CA, United States 07-20-14
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    "WHERE IS THE DARN ENDING?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    seemed ok except for the occasional grammatical error, but not as many as harry potter books. BUT THE ENDING IS MISSING ON MY VERSION.

    I CAN RETURN IT BUT I WANT TO HEAR IT.


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

    YEP. By leaving the ending out.


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

    Was that a dude? doh! yes, I have, they are pretty good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I will tell you when I GET THE END OF THE BOOK PLEASE. HINT HINT. AUDIBLE ARE YOU LISTENING?


    Any additional comments?

    I wish she would not keep describing the hero, right when I start to imagine him attractive she says his hair looks like brillo. yuck.
    Good dealing with an amputee without being condescending or sugary.

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    JANET 07-19-14
    JANET 07-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again, but it was very good.


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

    No I have never heard him before, he was very good. It is nice to have a man read womens parts without going into a fake falscetto voice.


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    Roxanne Tempe, Arizona 07-16-14
    Roxanne Tempe, Arizona 07-16-14 Member Since 2007

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    "J K Rowling Really Delivers"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5% by far. I'm glad that her pen name was uncovered or I would not necessarily have found this book. Unlike fantasy/YA enthusiasts that are disappointed that this is not another Harry Potter, I loved the HP books because of the fabulous plot and character development. It reminded me of classic talent like Victor Hugo. I'm delighted she applied her significant talent to one of my favorite genres.


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

    There are so many great visuals in this book, so hard to pick one. The vivid character development of the main protagonists is fantastic and the build up to plot climax extremely well done.


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

    No, but he was so spot on I wish I could demand he redo Ian Rankin's books (another favorite author).


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

    Can't wait to share it with others and looking forward to many more installments in the series.


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    M Russ 07-15-14
    M Russ 07-15-14
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    "Columbo goes to London"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty, witty, surprising


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

    Not quite on the edge, but anxious for the next development


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was excellent throughout. Voicing the parts was well done.


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

    The conversations with the igly ducking girlfriend of the murdered model were poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Rowling has built a solid detective story base. Lots of good tensions to explore in the new book, which I just downloaded.

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    Christine 07-10-14
    Christine 07-10-14
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    "Not a huge fan"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    There was too much unnecessary detail in this book, and I thought the outcome was pretty predictable.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    No


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    Laurie 07-06-14
    Laurie 07-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I enjoyed this British Mystery"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes, it was a new and interesting story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not too much to give the story away, but enough to keep you interested.


    What aspect of Robert Glenister’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing against Robert really, just not used to the accent. Second listening could change this rating.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonny 07-04-14
    Sonny 07-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing enough..."

    ....for me to check out the next book in the series. I like Galbraith's (Rowling's) approach to character development - I kind of like Cormoran Strike who seems to be a cross between those brooding Nordic dectectives and Harry Potter. :) Certainly enough to buy the next one.

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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-02-14
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing. Great mystery book."

    Wow. A great audiobook. Writing and narrative are top rate. Not my usual genre but I would get this author's books anytime. Great buy. Won't lose on this one.

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    Jan Philip Cramer San Francisco, CA United States 06-29-14
    Jan Philip Cramer San Francisco, CA United States 06-29-14

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    "fantastic book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    What a book. Took me completely by surprise & can only recommend. I have listened to hundreds of books & this is one of my absolute favorites. Can not wait to listen to the 2nd installment.


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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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