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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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    Jim Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-15-13
    Jim Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-15-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Good book, excellent narrator."
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very Good


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

    I like mysteries that challenge you to think with well-developed characters and plots. I really like the works of P.D James and Martha Grimes and I think J.K. aka Robert Galbraith has done an excellent job. A modern day flawed hero believable plot. An entertaining listen.


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

    I don't remember listening to Robert Glenister before but I will remember this performance. I often find books are better in my head but he was engaging, entertaining, believable yet transparent. Glenister is an entire cast of one.


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

    Just a good story ready by an excellent narrator. Spend a credit if you like mysteries.


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    Barbara H. Handler Knoxville, TN 08-15-13
    Barbara H. Handler Knoxville, TN 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "What a beautiful use of language"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Don't ever end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of the language and the weaving of the plots.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Good voice, easy to listen to him and good use of different voices.


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

    Chuckled some...never cried...just enjoyed it and kept me thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure hope it is a series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-14-13
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just All Right"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book contained way too many cusses, which shows a slight un-intelligence of the author despite a somewhat clever story line. Also much to long for just an okay ending.


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

    I liked the role the secretary played in the book, It was almost as if her importance was downgraded slightly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Okay performance, not my favorite narrator but he did all right.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy a good detective book, but this on was only okay. Not worth the hype the book got. J.K. Rowling should stick to Harry Potter as her books for "adults" have been terrible and this one mediocre.

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    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like film noir mysteries, you'll like this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.


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

    Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).


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

    Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.


    Any additional comments?

    I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 08-14-13
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Everything I expected!!"

    Great twist. The language is descriptive, but now flowery. I loved it. Even when I knew it was coming to an end I just couldnt wait! Get this book!!

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    sarah wiebe PASO ROBLES, CA, US 08-14-13
    sarah wiebe PASO ROBLES, CA, US 08-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "JK Rowling doesn't disappoint!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story, the characters. So real so full. JK Rowling has a gift for getting her characters right on. they are so likable and so believable at the same time.


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

    For sure. there is no way to guess ahead at who did the deed. but there are other interesting side story that follow along the main crime story line as well.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    clear, easy to understand. great distinction between the different English dialects. Love the Yorkshire!


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    Anne Norfolk, VA, United States 08-14-13
    Anne Norfolk, VA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Cormoran Strike - a private detective for the ages"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A surprising, delightful story in the private detective genre containing rich, fully developed characters, touching many walks of life. I appreciated getting to know a character affected profoundly by military service in Afghanistan. Here's hoping for many more in this series from "Robert Galbraith."


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

    The twister near the end of the story. I knew there would be one - it still surprised me in the form it took.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being in the medical field, I was fascinated as Cormoran coped with his physical disability under trying physical circumstances.


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

    I was moved by how well I came to know and understand the young woman whose death is introduced in the beginning of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    J.K Rowling is a wonderful writer. What a gift to us, the readers, that she is not confined to the fantasy genre but has moved into the present day world we all inhabit. Thank you Jo for a deep story and engaging characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clare GEORGETOWN, KY, United States 08-14-13
    Clare GEORGETOWN, KY, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Truly trying to get through it"

    Maybe the narrator, who has a great voice, is just too relaxing, or maybe the story isn't moving fast enough. I have nothing bad to say, other than as someone who usually flies through audio books I have to keep rewinding this one because I've fallen asleep or realized I've zoned out and need to re-listen.
    I want to like this book, but it's starting to feel like a homework assignment to get through it. I've also found my eye straying to Audible looking for a faster moving replacement.
    I admit I purchased it after the news broke that it was J.K. Rowling's pseudonym. Casual Vacancy isn't a favorite book, but I liked it well enough to read something new from her and did appreciate her character development. I'm still holding out hope, but I'm only half way through after two weeks of trying which is not a promising sign. I wish I had better news to report, I'm jealous of the reviewers who said they couldn't stop listening and loved it. I'd prefer to be in that group.

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    Andrew WAKEFIELD, RI, United States 08-14-13
    Andrew WAKEFIELD, RI, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Great Book!!!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 for sure! This book is quite good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The last part of the book where Strike puts everything together is amazing.


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

    Yes definitely.


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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2007

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Needed to be Tightened Up a Bit"

    I picked up The Cuckoo's Calling right after the news broke that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for JK Rowling. I've never read any Rowling before but thought why not jump in with her first attempt at a mystery thriller. The Cuckoo's Calling is a pretty straight forward take on the genre. You have a private detective (Cormoran Strike) as the main character and you have an supermodel who commits suicide. Or did she? There are a good number of twists and turns but none of them particularly memorable. There was nothing inherently wrong with the book but it just never hit the pace it was striving for.

    The impression I got was that you were really supposed to really fall in love with Cormoran and to sympathize and root for his character. I just never garnered that intended connection. To me The Cuckoo's Calling was a run of the mill mystery thriller that was not a bad read just not a memorable one either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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