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

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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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
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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.


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    Arlene SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Arlene SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Rowling's got me again!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will listen again. Great characters. Interesting plot. Setting works for me. I hope she will consider a series. She's got an interesting PI, dedicated assistant, lots of factors built in from this first book that will work to enlarge the scope for future stories.

    Cormoran Strike, you're wanted on the job! This job had me interested in learning about you, going along on this case, and wanting you to realize you need this temp.

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    JD 02-17-14
    JD 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "BOOOORING and long"
    What disappointed you about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I kept waiting for the story to unfold and made it through half the book and was still completely bored. She spends 15 minutes talking about banal details


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    Spencer IMLAY CITY, MI, United States 02-15-14
    Spencer IMLAY CITY, MI, United States 02-15-14
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    "Good start, horrendous finish"
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    An ending that doesn't insult the intelligence of the writer. Also, no random sex scene just for the sake of having a sex scene.


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

    No, because I enjoy murder mysteries.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Booming voice, clear and pungent in his style.


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

    Anger as well as disappointment. This book was ok until the end. And by then I had become semi-invested in the plot. Then suddenly the book suddenly springs a sex scene on you for no reason other than, "Hi, I'm a pale supermodel, and I like bulky guys." That and the ending which makes the entire book POINTLESS.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to write a murder mystery, this is a good start Rowling, just next time do better.

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    mandavail 02-11-14
    mandavail 02-11-14 Member Since 2010

    when it comes to finding a good book to loose myself in, i'm looking for something that makes me think & if i am lucky also makes me laugh

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    "Wonderfully Written!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the writing. I have never read the Harry Potter books so i had no idea what to expect from J.K. Rowling, so i was delighted to find she is a wonderful writer! The mystery was complex and kept you guessing right up to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. I love reading mysteries, but more often then not the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, either too perfect to believe or too ignorant, However, Rowling does a superb job of creating interesting characters with complex and developed personalities. I really hope she decides to make this into a series because i would really like to see how she would have her characters develop and grow as the stories progress


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    i think Glenister did a really nice job with his narration. A good narrator enhances the story and doesn't take away from it and Glenister definitely enhanced the story and characters with his performance


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

    The book had some cute moments that made me smile, but it also had sad and touching moments, especially since Rowling created a victim that the reader actually feels morns the death of.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! It will make you enjoy mysteries again.

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    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Eric Mill Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An engaging page turner."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.


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

    I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.


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    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14
    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very much enjoyed this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, it was a great story and I had a fantastic listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main protagonist, Strike and Robyn, worked so well with each other. I was dreading the possibility of a romantic situation arising between the two and was happily pleased that the story didn't go that way.


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

    Accents! They development of the characters with fantastic accents to boot, from posh, to street, to snobbery. I loved Glenster's narration.


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

    Quite a few. Some of my random outbursts of laughter attracted looks from strangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Eagerly awaiting the next book/story from Glenster.

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    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 02-03-14
    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 02-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent whodunit with a great narrator"

    The characters in this story are very nicely drawn. Things move along at a good pace, unlike so many works in this genre which tend to drag in the middle. The story is fairly conventional and the ending is just a bit too neat. Still in all, well worth the listen and highly entertaining. Hope Mr. Galbraith is working on a sequel.

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    Carl 02-03-14
    Carl 02-03-14
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    "Mostly Enjoyable, if Formulaic"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have left him quite so flat. Surely he had a couple of friends, real friends, left in the world. Either that or make it harder to gain access to the upper crust of society.


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

    I can read it while driving!


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

    Fashion. Lies. Death. All in a day's work.


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