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
Yes. It was an excellent audio program, and an enticing story.
The whole story rotated around Strike, so it's hard to list anyone else.
All of them. Hard to compare against the Harry Potter books, but this is just as twisted and a great story.
No. It took a few sittings,
I look forward to more books with Strike as the main character.
I really enjoyed the writing. And, a good story line...I hope the true identity of the writer doesn't prevent her from writing a sequel. It seems clear that it was meant to become a series.
Robert Glenister did a fine job reading. I would listen to him again. However, I would not purchase another book by Robert Galbraith. This novel was uninteresting and predictable. He failed to illicit an emotional response other than relief when it was over. The characters need some depth beyond simply being either famous/beautiful/rich or trying to get something from someone famous/beautiful/rich. Outside of Strike and Robin, the characters speak with consistent and profuse profanity making them sound very much alike. It was boring, boring, boring. I suffered to the end because of all the great reviews thinking it would get better, but it just didn't.
I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. They were so similar they largely blended into one another. Robin was likeable, but not enough to carry the whole book.
No, I haven't had that pleasure.
They are hard to tell apart, so it's difficult to say.
This book would never have done so well if the author's true identity were still a secret. It's actually a bit like the book. Once it is associated with someone famous people are falling all over each other to get it. I wish I hadn't succumbed to the hype and wasted a point.
Literature professor and lover of mystery books!
This is the best novel I have listened to since, well, Harry Potter. I kept stopping it and rewinding it because I didn't want it to end, and it's so well-written that listening to it again and again is a joy.
The storyline is rich and the characters are drawn up with depth and humor. Additionally, the mystery is damn good--it is really clever and unpredictable. She gives enough hints throughout for you to see where things are going, but they are hints embedded in the characters' behaviors and other minor elements of the story.
Listening to this reminded me that Rowlings is just a good craftswoman. So much of the enjoyment of this novel comes from the lingering over dialogue and characters. She makes details remarkably interesting.
I will say this: This is a novel that is probably better when listened to. I found that to be true of the Potter series as well. The narrator adds a level of depth and color to the novel that could be missed in a reading. He is awesome, by the way.
I cannot recommend this enough. Truly hope that this becomes a series.
I loved the narration, the writing style and the depth of character development (namely that of Cormoran Strike). However, I wasn't riveted by the story for some reason. I feel as if I missed something that everyone else seems to have experienced. For me, the middle was long and drawn out. Overall, I enjoyed it but did not find it to be a real page turner.
I'm not sure this book is for anyone. I know that when the word got out that she was the author, it went to the top of the best sellers list. It shouldn't have.
Clear English accent.
Disappointment compared to the author's other story lines.
Couldn't make it through the entire book because of the "F" word in every other sentence. Rollings also got extremely wordy in her conversations and descriptions. I often lost my train of thought (or hers).
I would. The narration is excellent, the plot is gripping, and the story is well-told. It's also complex enough that, in time, I'll have forgotten much of it so will enjoy it again.
My favorite character was Robin: smart, funny, tactful, very human.
A good narrator understand the material he or she is reading. This was very much in evidence in this book. If you come away from a good read feeling that many of the characters actually ahve the voices the narrator has given them, it speaks volumes for the narrator.
Beware of Falling Bodies
Some have compared this book to the work of P.D. James. I don't think this is at all an appropriate comparison. The heroes are very different, as is the writing style.
My only gripe with this book is that if feels as though the author, not able to use profanity in the Harry Potter books, is trying to make up for list time in this book. I'm no prude, but I do feel that more profanity is used in this book than is necessary for realism.
Very good story
The plot and the characters
I was looking for a real page turner and this was it!
Friend, enemy, family, stranger... YES. Best mystery I've read in quite a while.
Robin, because of her unflagging loyalty and spunk.
He did all the various voices very well without being over the top. Yes, the accents changed appropriately, but the female characters weren't cloying or simpering, as I've heard some other readers do, even when the character is, in fact, strong. He didn't "read" it, by which I mean the cadence was just as though it were real life, not being read word-by-word. I recently listened to quite a good book, but the performance really threw the whole experience off for me.
No laughing or crying, but held in thrall, for sure, at many points.
Note to Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling, more please. I'm waiting anxiously, though none to patiently, for more.
Say something about yourself!
More imaginative ways to flesh out the side characters.
The constant use of the "F"word was annoying. I expected more of an author who was so creative and imaginative in her most famous books. The main characters were interesting and obviously set to play in a series, but all the side characters were boring. Swearing and crude language does not an adult book make.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content