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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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    Leslie Norcross, GA, United States 03-06-14
    Leslie Norcross, GA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Felt like a witness to the investigation!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    It was very well written, and you felt like you were witnessing the events as they unfolded. Characters were complex yet identifiable. The suspense unraveled nicely. Great listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike. His character, though without much going for him, is a good, honest man, and despite his hardships, he succeeds through determination without pity.


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

    His voice and character presentation bring the story to life. The English accent really supports the setting.


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

    Yes. The story is very compelling. I listen when I travel, and looked forward to the next route to continue. I ended up,listening to the end at home so I could end the suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the new book was already available. I chose the story before I knew about the author, and would recommend it highly without consideration of the notoriety.

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    meg000 New England 03-04-14
    meg000 New England 03-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who tends to like "media sensations"


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

    No, I usually love detective novels


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Glenister?

    No


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I should've known better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie 03-03-14
    Rosemarie 03-03-14
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    "Good murder/mystery thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, certainly. This is a well-written thriller, very suspenseful, and had some nice surprise twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You have to like Robin, for she saves the plot and the day. And Cormoran is witty, stereotypical in some ways, and endearing.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration.


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

    No extreme reaction, but did make me laugh sometimes when Cormoran was just too typecast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Charleston, SC, United States 02-27-14
    John Charleston, SC, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great reader and great story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Galbraith writes really well -- great characters, great story and wonderful use of language. The reader is outstanding.


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    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-26-14
    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding character development , excellent plot"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a good old fashioned mystery with even the minor characters well developed . The mystery unfolds slowly with each revealed detail folding neatly into the eventual solution. I adored the main character and hope we see him in further books. The writing was excellent with little twists of phrase that would surprise you with an unexpected chuckle or a smile. This was was of those books where you constantly are saying to yourself "He did it, no wait they did it, no wait he did it"


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

    I could not put this down. I listened while getting dressed, while folding laundry, while eating breakfast. The bad part was I didn't want it to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is excellent. I felt like I was right there in the midst of every scene. The narrator added another dimension to the excellent character development.

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    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 02-26-14
    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 02-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not sure at first, but I was pleasantly surprised"

    With his slightly gravely and strong voice I wasn't sure I would be able to listen to the narrator for a whole audio-book. How would female characters sound speaking in that voice? But then I decided to give it a shot and as the story went along I felt that he did a great job reading the story and performing the characters. My one small gripe about the narrator is that he seemed to swing between a standard British and slightly Aussie accent, oftentimes making me forget momentarily that the main character is a Brit and not an Aussie.

    As for the story itself, it's a good balance between the detective Cormoran Strike's back-story, the mystery he's trying to solve (did she fall or was she pushed?) and Strike's ambivalent relationship with his temporary secretary. The range of suspects is wide, and this being a British novel, the British class divide is almost a character in its own right. The middle section of the book is the best and builds some good momentum, but toward the end, the pace slows as the author conveys too much detail as Strike follows his leads to the end of the puzzle. The big reveal is bogged down with a recounting by Strike of how he solved the mystery in a confrontation with the killer.

    Note to Author: I'd like to search the text for a count of exactly how many times you mention Strike's "camp bed"--it could be a drinking game.

    Overall a satisfying story and characters, though it could have reached 4+ stars if the story were tightened up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 02-24-14
    Donald PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Done."
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book and I didn't realize that Galbraith was a pen name for Rowling. A really outstanding performance by Robert Glenister...he really individualized the characters. Very interesting characters by the author and good sleuth work. I really liked the main character Cormorant Stryke and his administrative sidekick. I bought the written version for my wife.

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    scammar Chicago, IL, United States 02-24-14
    scammar Chicago, IL, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great entertaining book"

    really enjoyed the book. I like JK Rowlings novels, but the fact that she is Robert Galbraith doesn't change how much i enjoyed this book! Narration is great, and i can't wait for the next Cormoran Strike novel!

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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 02-23-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Whodunnit"

    This is the classic whodunnit. I don't know if a book can be "noir", but if it can, that's what this is. Classic "gumshoe" gets presented with a hopeless case to solve, and does it despite his shortcomings. I love it. I would not have guess that it was J.K. Rowling, because it has nothing in common with Harry Potter, but it's great stuff. I can't wait for her next one, which comes out soon.

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    Rhonna 02-20-14
    Rhonna 02-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stick with Harry Potter!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure whom would enjoy this book. There are so many choices & so little time I will stick w/ personal recommendations in the future. I am listening to a biography about LBJ, the 4th in the series by Caro...dry, but interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Galbraith again?

    No I will skip this writer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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