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The Cuckoo's Calling Audiobook

The Cuckoo's Calling

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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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    Lizzie 11-17-13
    Lizzie 11-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "J.K. Rowling is back! So glad this is a series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Completely! I started this book then went on a trip with my friend who started listening with me. Since we couldn't finish the book on the trip she had to purchase the audiobook when she got home to finish it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Cormoran Strike! Such a rich character that I can't wait to see more of in future series. I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Cormoran and his secretary Robin.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    I can't say I have a favorite character due to his performance but I was very much impressed with his reading. I think he did a great job with every character. Both my friend and I agreed that even though the book would still be a great read Glenister brought a extra dimension to the story that made it an even better book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't interested in J.K. Rowling's book A Casual Vacancy, but this one I really wanted to check out. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was glad she came out in the mystery/thriller genre. (my 2 favorite genres are Sci-fi/Paranormal and Mystery/Thriller) She did not disappoint me with this book. I always loved how she created and brought characters to life through her words in the Potter series, and here is no different.

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    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 11-16-13
    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 11-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Jack Dermody

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    "Beautiful English but TEDIOUS"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Move the story quicker, develop the characters deeper. Do not overdo one storyline.


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

    Do multiple storylines to keep it interesting. For now there's too much detail and redundance around one timeline and one unendimg, grueling investigation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Comoron and Robin in the dress shop.


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

    To aim to write beautiful prose.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave 3 stars instead of 1 because the language is so beautiful. It is elegantly, artistically read by the narrator at Audible.com. Just when it seemed J.K. Rowling had created the new Sherlock Holmes and Watson, the story deteriorated into tedious detail no more exciting than watching grass grow. Yes, the mystery is important, but story movement and character development are far more important than finding only one new clue to the mystery every 50 pages or so. I hope the author reads this and brings the progagonist and his assistant back for another try in the sequel.

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    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13
    Nancy ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Sweet and Salty like Kettle Corn"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, simply on plot. Well-weaved.


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

    Yes. Like most mystery readers, I like to try to figure out "Who dunnit", and this one held its secret for quite awhile.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    His portrayal of the main character, a salty, but sweet PI


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't a fan of the potty language. It doesn't enhance a book when used liberally, which I thought it was. Still, a well done book.

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    Mary Ann Alexeeff Santa Clara, CA, US 11-12-13
    Mary Ann Alexeeff Santa Clara, CA, US 11-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "More, please"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This novel is our favorite audiobook at the moment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We loved the characterization.


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

    This is our first Robert Glenister performance. We look forward to hearing more from him.


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

    We often laughed. We did not cry. But we did sit in the car for an hour to hear the end of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Get cracking, J.K/Robert! We are anxious for the next adventure.

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    Paula SUMMERFIELD, NC, United States 11-11-13
    Paula SUMMERFIELD, NC, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2016

    Loves to shop

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    "Mystery and romance with a twist at the end!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was highly engaging--one of my favorites!


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

    The ending was quite unexpected!


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    It was totally believable--for all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A really good read--or listen!!

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    Marcella Lynnwood, WA, USA 11-10-13
    Marcella Lynnwood, WA, USA 11-10-13 Member Since 2005
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    "I had no idea.."
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    ..that this author was actually a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling when I bought it. I loved the characters, the plot twists, and the way the story just raced along even while seemingly not much was happening. I came back to see if there was anything else by this author -- and am gobsmacked. Bit heavy on the language (I guess she felt liberated by writing for a different audience), but totally in character. Loved it!!

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    Annie 11-08-13
    Annie 11-08-13 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "Solid entertainment"

    This book kept me engaged and interested. However, it fell a little flat at the end for me. It turned into your typical "who done it". It was good, I just wanted more pizaz.
    I liked both of the main characters enough that if there were a follow book with these two (and they seem to leave that possibility wide open) I would probably buy it - in hopes that it had that extra something - to make it a 5 star.

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    Amber Worcester, MA, United States 11-02-13
    Amber Worcester, MA, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story... AMAZING Narrative!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was a wonderful addition to my daily commute. Enough intrigue to keep you guessing, but of the terrifying gruesome variety that I tend to avoid. Very Sherlock Holmes-esque. The ending definitely left the door open for another book. I sincerely hope this is the start of a new series for JK Rowling errr I mean "Robert Galbraith"?


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

    This is my first Robert Glenister performance. He was spectacular!


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    Marley United States 11-02-13
    Marley United States 11-02-13
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    "Best Book I've Read (aka listened to) This Year"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I finished the book last night and started listening to it again immediately to see if I could pick up on all the little clues throughout.


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    I kept thinking back to The Westing Game...because all the clues are there in front of you, but you don't make the connections until the end.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I love his accents...sometimes listening to audiobooks I lose track of characters, but Robert's voices definitely helped.


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    Margaret 11-01-13
    Margaret 11-01-13
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    "Easy, fun, and well written!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lead character trying to maintain a professional posture while living in his office.


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

    Love to embraceable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen! Nice pace, great story.

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