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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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    Vicki 08-09-14
    Vicki 08-09-14
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    "I can't find anyone in this book to root for."
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Knowing this was a J.K. book, I expected much more. I couldn't find any of the characters likeable and the constant swearing was annoying.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    The plot was boring. No humor. Too many forgettable characters. It was a good thing I use audiobooks to put me to sleep at night.


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    george United States 08-09-14
    george United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "Too slow, and too descriptive for me"

    Okay, this is going to sound shallow, I suppose, but the book got bogged down, I felt, in the description of every scene. If you love rich luscious detail, you'll love this. It's a good story, and it's well written. I just felt that all the detail slowed down the book. The narrator is excellent.

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    Maria 08-03-14
    Maria 08-03-14
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    "Best book I've read (listened to) in a Long Time!!"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again. The characters were compelling. The story was intricate and involved yet all deliciously interwoven to get to the very satisfying ending. The narrator was excellent. And despite having enjoyed it thoroughly, I feel I may have missed some things.


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

    The plot was fairly straight forward - who killed Lula, if anyone at all. However, the story was richly written and had its fair share of twists and turns. I did not expect the ending, so I feel I was given plenty of suspects to choose from, and all for good reasons.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many great scenes to choose from to pick a favorite. Sorry.


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

    Near the end, when Robin and Cormoran were individually deciding whether or not they could continue working with each other, I was rooting for both of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book! I am going to find others written by this author!

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    Sharon 08-03-14
    Sharon 08-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The story was gripping from the beginning. Never a dull moment and not at all predictable.


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    Tania S Dawson 08-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "For me this was so-so"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    The plot was good. It just didn't find that it flowed for me. I might enjoy it if I had the paperback, but the audible version didn't hold my interest.


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

    The most interesting was the fact that the brother didn't believe this was suicide. The least interesting was the interaction with the two main characters.


    Did Robert Glenister do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was ok. Nothing special and some characters sounded very similar.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    A lot of people have given it 4 & 5 star reviews. I just can't say I enjoyed that much.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to discourage anyone who really wants to read this from doing so. Personally, I feel I wasted a credit so would suggest you look for it during sales.

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    Carol Scott 08-02-14
    Carol Scott 08-02-14 Member Since 2015

    critterden

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    "very well done. did not want to stop the book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    fast pace, not standard who done it. she showed us again she can write a good story.


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

    the ending I did not have the right bad guy. dag- nag-it. lol.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    dress it up. lol. and get some glam.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE drop the early lines from other books. it throw the books off.

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    Hubby Readsalot Parsons, KS United States 07-30-14
    Hubby Readsalot Parsons, KS United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept my Interest"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I think the writing was very good and I like the development of the two main characters.


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

    I think wondering how the detective was going to get out of his predicament helped maintain interest. I also like how his new temporary secretary was finding she liked discovering information for the detective.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    His voice characterizations were quite good.


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    R. O'Hare 07-29-14
    R. O'Hare 07-29-14 Member Since 2016

    rointysonsva

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    "Enjoyed it even more on the 2nd listen"

    On the 1st listen, I was concentrating on the plot and the twists, and on that listen, I expected the action to come sooner. The 2nd time around, assured that the action was coming, I was able to enjoy the rich character development. The writer paints an intricate the portrait of Strike and his associates, and a vivid landscape of the surroundings. This is a beautifully written book that I expect will hold new surprises on every read. There is just so much there. I am starting "Silkworm" right away.

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    Linda 07-26-14
    Linda 07-26-14
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    "Excellent listening experience!"

    Complex, intriguing plot enriched by the two main characters, Strike and Robin.
    Both characters are well described and developed. They have become real people in my mind, and I look forward to the next time I meet them in another of Galbaith's books.
    Hopefully, the next book will have R. Glenister as the narrator. His mellow voice, character creation, expressiveness, and pacing were the perfect dramatization of the novel.

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    Carole 07-21-14
    Carole 07-21-14
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    "Great story and character development!"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes, it was written and delivered so well.


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

    I usually can guess the outcome of most mysteries, this mystery was unraveled so well that I didn't see the conclusion before it was time. Great story telling!


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

    No, this is the first time.


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

    I want more Strike!


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