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The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

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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    Giovanna G. 01-31-15
    Giovanna G. 01-31-15
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    "Captivating & Enjoyable"

    Well-written story that sweeps you along, with wonderful characters and bits and pieces that layer and steadily connect. Excellent performance, lending rich voice to the characters. I will be using my credit for the next in series.

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    Heather Manes 01-30-15
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    "Rich characters, fantastic narrator"

    Above all, the narrator (glenister) elevates this already fantastic book. The vocal characterizations were spot-on, and at times hilarious, conveying deadpan to shrill histerics and everything in between. Granted, he had such rich material to work with. Rowling/Galbraith can bend all of English to her will, and it's mesmerizing to listen to. I feel I could have jumped into the middle of this story and melted the literary wall between us (you know, if I actually tried). Her descriptions were vivid, characters flawed, and interactions naturally awkward. Worth the listen!

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    Faye Wiley 01-30-15
    Faye Wiley 01-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great twisted detecting!"

    Loved the story! Thought I had it figured out only to be totally surprised as Strike faced the actual killer and laid it all out! Robert Glenister does a great job with all the different voices and emotions. Highly recommended in spite of the somewhat coarse language throughout.

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    Mei Calgary, Alberta Canada 01-29-15
    Mei Calgary, Alberta Canada 01-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Well-written mystery - endearing characters"

    It's hard to live up to the Harry Potter series, but I enjoyed this mystery, and loved the characters of Robin and Strike.

    The mystery unfolded nicely, kept me guessing, and ended well. All in all a good read!

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    Teresa Landry 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this"

    I am always skeptical of reviews on Amazon but I must say that this time they were right. I seriously enjoyed this book!

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    Jeannie Marcus 01-27-15
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    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    The reader was great. The story was awful and it wound on and on and on. I picked it up because Rawlings wrote this in a pen name. Stick to Harry Potter. I devoured each one the minute they came out.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Truman, David Mccoullagh


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

    The performance was very good. There is just so much you can do with an awful story.


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

    I was really disappointed. I was expecting better.


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    Christina Crawford SSMarie. On, Canada 01-25-15
    Christina Crawford SSMarie. On, Canada 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpectedly Intriguing!"

    We are presented with a rumpled, burly PI who served in Afghanistan. he was subsequently injured and discharged from Military Police a hero. His foray into private life isn't well at all-- few, if any, clients and his longtime, rich girlfriend has just tossed him out. He's forced to camp out in his office with a discreet secretary sent by a temporary secretarial agency. then suddenly they are hired to investigate the supposed suicide of a wealthy, successful model. Our hero, not allowing himself to be hampered by an amputated lower limb, sets off to ask questions which annoy police, family and the model's colleagues. characters come to credible, quirky life under author's smooth writing. Reminds me of 1940s Film noir mysteries of a detective and a buddy assistant/secretary solving crimes together. can't wait for next in series!!!!

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    Marilyn Suchon 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Plot and interesting Characters"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best book I have listened to in a long time, the other would be another one by the same author


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Plot and Characters


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Great reading, good expression and portrayal of the characters.


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    pamela holt 01-24-15
    pamela holt 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book Great performance"

    I enjoyed the story, and getting to know the characters, who seemed quite real to me.
    Robert Glenister's narration was just right. It felt like friends, sitting at a table, remembering a story.

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    Tressa Beckler Friend, NE USA 01-24-15
    Tressa Beckler Friend, NE USA 01-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely meets expectations."

    Great listen. I enjoy mystery and suspense and choose Cukoo for that reason. I did not realize at the time that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for Rawlings. The story and writing speak for themselves. The narration only increases the difficulty to stop listening.

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