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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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    Tina Sacramento, ca, United States 09-05-13
    Tina Sacramento, ca, United States 09-05-13
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    "Well done"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Good story. Great narration. Kept me guessing on the "who done it" part the whole way through. Kinda contrived in a few places but generally an engaging read. Even if the press had not blown the whistle on the real author, I would be looking for more Robert Galbraith books....nice to know that the Harry Potter series was not just a fluke of timing. JK Rowlings really can write....a pretty good detective story too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann WRIGHTWOOD, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-05-13
    Maryann WRIGHTWOOD, CALIFORNIA, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much offensive language"

    Good story but very offensive language. It wasn't necessary to the story. I would love to see a rating on books to warn us.

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    M. Huff Wisconsin 09-04-13
    M. Huff Wisconsin 09-04-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Tedious... waiting for it to get good!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Probably not.


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

    Not sure what genre this is supposed to be - murder mystery, detective thriller, fiction?


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

    Performance is fine, I liked the variety of accents and voices he uses to differentiate between the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because of all the positive reviews, but honestly I have <4 hours left and I'm considering scrapping it. I keep thinking something really exciting or interesting is about to happen but it never does. I liked the characters, sort of, but overall this book is tedious and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deitre tekonsha, MI, United States 09-04-13
    Deitre tekonsha, MI, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Story and naration"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I did not stop listening to this story, except to sleep. It was very hard to figure out and interesting all the way through.


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

    Robert Glenister infuses the story with very clear and believable voices.


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    DIANNE United States 09-04-13
    DIANNE United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "yawn"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book. It goes around in predicable and boring circles. I did not find the characters interesting or entertaining. A lot of repetition, adjectives, worthless dialogue, no action or intrigue.


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

    No, just the author ...under any name.


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

    The narrator is superb in this book just like in all his others.


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

    Only when it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 09-04-13
    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best reads in a long time"
    Any additional comments?

    Knowing this book was by jk Rowling made it even better for me. It is an amazing book, with a story that has you hooked from the beginning. As with other Rowling books, it's a fast read, you don't want to put it down. As I finished it, it occurred to me that rowling's adult books are as compelling as the works of that other great English author, agatha christie. Have recommended this many times.

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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-03-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "It was OK!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Possibly. I was really on the fence with this one. It had a good start and good end but the middle just seemed to drag on for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Strike and trying to find the killer and at the end when he lays it all out on the table for the killer. That was brilliant. The least was all the fluff in the middle of the story. It never tied together and fit.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was ok.


    Could you see The Cuckoo's Calling being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I can't see it being a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TT Georgia 09-03-13
    TT Georgia 09-03-13 Member Since 2006

    TNT Sporthorses

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    "A disappointment"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot of this book is pretty good and leads you to believe there will be more. But the continual use of profanity really turned me off. Younger readers will want to read this because of Harry Potter and they will be exposed to over usage of profanity.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    I am on the fence on any more like this one.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Pretty good.


    Did The Cuckoo's Calling inspire you to do anything?

    Close the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-03-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Excellent"

    A well paced book, totally addictive and very hard to put down. I hope the sequel comes out soon. One of my favorite crime novels of they year.

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    Denis Cary, NC, USA 09-03-13
    Denis Cary, NC, USA 09-03-13
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    "Whoa... What did I Miss???"
    Any additional comments?

    Initially, I wasn't going to listen to this book because I found Causal Vacancy,
    also by JK Rowling, to be boring.
    But after seeing STARS & more STARS, I had to listen to it.
    Unfortunately it was a letdown because of the rave reviews.
    The story as is the narration are good but not outstanding.
    It's an average detective story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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