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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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    Holly 12-22-13
    Holly 12-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Riviting from beginning to end!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story held me captive from the start! This is one of those books where I sit outside in my car while I wait for a chapter to end. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a good who done it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story gave me lots of hints here and there but I could not figure this one out until the very end. Also, the author did well with the character development.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!!! He had perfect pace, pause and inflections. A wonderful story teller without over or under acting. Robert WAS Cormoran in this audio book for me!


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    Will Columbia, SC, United States 12-22-13
    Will Columbia, SC, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Strike 2, PLEASE"

    I don't really care that J.K Rowling wrote this under as nom de plume. I don't really care who wrote it. I am simply glad that I found it as it is a very good book and, I hope, the first of many Cormoran Strike detective stories.

    If you happen to be a fan of Michael Connelly's "Bosch" detective books, you will be right at home with this book. I don't mean that J.K. has copied the formula, but just that whatever grabs you about Connelly's books will grab you here, too.

    As the book unfolds, you can tell that the main characters are being written for the long haul. Rowling's touch with character development has, if anything, improved from the Harry Potter days and she has written some very flawed but likeable ones here.

    The overall story is one that left me saying "I have no idea where this is going" the entire way. Stories that end up with some implausible conclusion that no one could have figured out bother me. Stories like this one, though, that are challenging to figure out but make sense in the end are what you want.

    Finally, Robert Glenister is an exceptional reader and I trust that he will be kept around for all of the series--I hope so. Jim Dale MADE the Harry Potter books to me and Robert Glenister seems after this first book to be in that same league.

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    Leslie Bennington, VT, United States 12-19-13
    Leslie Bennington, VT, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Almost but not quite"

    From all accounts this novel was better than the last by Ms. Rowling, but for me, there was a flaw in the drawing of the murderer, central to his motivation, which kept the story from holding together. In addition, there were many subplots/red herrings/secondary characters that were never fully fleshed out.

    The writing is polished, as expected from this author. One hopes this first outing---promising but not perfectly satisfying---in what feels like a series, will be followed by a sequel that is better plotted and has a bit more depth.

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    Lorriee 12-18-13
    Lorriee 12-18-13

    Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.

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    "A Slam Dunk"

    A contemporary indictment of the British tabloid mentality in the press and the paparazzi, is the backdrop to a larger theme of self indulgence, extreme and sudden wealth, and a plethora of characters who live in the moment in catering to the insatiable demands of a society which lives vicariously. This is a setting for a death of a famous model, a damaged detective who is greater than the sum of his parts, and his skills in finding the truth, in dogged investigation of the discounted and overlooked.

    Much like a skillful deposition, this novel, carefully moves from the basic, "Who are you," and "Where do you live," opening questions of a very good interrogator, into seeming innocuous questions of apparent little import, until the pieces begin to fit together and a true picture of actual events and participants begins to reveal the facts.

    The author has proven that the ability to develop a plot which demands the reader continue, and characters who are well drawn, was not limited to one genre, and one is eager to follow their development for good or evil.

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    Larry Dillon Pleasanton, CA United States 12-18-13
    Larry Dillon Pleasanton, CA United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much time spent on describing the surroundings"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you live or have lived in London, you will like the book. If not, it is hard to remain interested, since the things being describe are all dark and ugly. The story drags.


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure, the narrator's accent made the narrative at times hard to understand.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Glenister’s performances?

    yes


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    Alejandro Winterthur, Switzerland 12-15-13
    Alejandro Winterthur, Switzerland 12-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, even better Narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    The way the narrator is able to convey a different personality to each character with his voices without sounding like a cartoon is amazing.


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

    Yes, in a way there is a lot of dialog in this book, without things actually "happening" and again I feel I would not have found it soo good without the Narration of Mr Glenister.


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

    Not before this one but my very next audiobook search will begin by looking at him first.


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    Casey 12-14-13
    Casey 12-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Probably, but there are lots of other books to get to first.


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

    Lots of them, but I especially enjoyed when Robin and Cormoran first meet, and also their trip to the high-end boutique.


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

    The accents are amazing. I would never have been able to "hear" the same voices in my head. He captures them all perfectly, and each distinctly as well.


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

    several, but especially learning about Cormoran's friend who died.


    Any additional comments?

    A fabulous listen. I will be buying the book, too, so I can page through it and examine the writing technique, but for pure pleasure, I think this is best as a listen.
    I should add that this is a character driven work, not an action packed adventure, so it might seem slow to some. I loved it, and can't wait for more!!

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    Janie O'brien US 12-13-13
    Janie O'brien US 12-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cormorant Strike, a strong and new presence!"

    I just loved this book and was so sad when it was over. Eloquently written with simply clarity the story so brilliantly performed by Robert Glenister takes you right into the life of the main protagonist who gradually reveals the lives of all the party's to to the main plot. There is a love story too, isn't there; a gentle one insinuating itself into the story and still unfolding and that will hopefully be consummated some time in the not too distant future.
    This was an excellent mystery, not a thriller, it didn't have to be to keep me enthralled, and was intelligently thought through right from the very beginning until the very end. Cannot recommend it more highly, knowing you will enjoy it as much as I did. Let's hope that this becomes the brilliant first in a new series by the esteemed author JK Rowlings aka Robert Galbraith.

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    SMAE 12-10-13
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    "Somewhat dissapointed"
    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    It was too easy to figure out who the killer was.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I could see a follow up book based on the detective and his assistant solving various crimes.


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    heART seneca sc 12-08-13
    heART seneca sc 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature

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    "an engaging read with engaging characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    it's a good read. if you're looking for profound truths, this is not it. if you're looking for characters and a story involving celebrity type characters, it's engaging and I expect the two main characters will show up in another book. the stage is set for a detective series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the main characters


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

    this is J.K. Rowling's book; of course one can't escape reading without having read one Harry Potter book. I love her imagination and it doesn't fail her here in terms of plotting and building a friendship between characters.


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

    beauty and the beast collide


    Any additional comments?

    some of the characters were painted with one broad brush; I would have appreciated greater nuance. No one is all good or all bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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