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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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    Strickles 10-02-13
    Strickles 10-02-13
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    "Best narration of a book ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never read one of the Potter series, but gave this a try at the recommendation of my wife. I was hooked from the start, with truly well-developed characters that I really cared about.

    I could go on and on, but here's the main purpose of posting this: This is by far the best vocal performance by anyone in the 100 plus volumes I've listened to here. Mr. Glenister provided each character with a truly wonderful voice, and I found myself laughing out loud as I walked and listened to his giving life to a drunken Mr. Strike, or the decedent's mother, or the gay fashion designer, just for starters. Absolutely great work, and will lead me to try other books he's narrated. Go for it!


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

    See above. I would never have enjoyed this as much without his vocal performance. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.


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    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13
    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brit Detective Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character Strike and all of his imperfections. Also the relationship between strike and his temp Robin.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration- love reading books with British narrators. The mystery, once solved was a bit unbelievable, but fun to try and figure out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GinaBina 09-29-13
    GinaBina 09-29-13
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    "Loved the reader!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely


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

    The reader's ability to "perform" the story, especially all the different characters and accents


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

    Guy


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty basic, run-of-the-mill detective story, a little slow-moving. But the reader made it fun to listen to.

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    Julia 09-28-13
    Julia 09-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent mystery"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I'm glad I gave this book a shot. The description and the genre isn't what I'd usually be drawn to. I enjoy books by Rhys Bowen, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Jim Butcher. But the book was captivating. The characters were more nuanced than many books I read. And the mystery really hooked me in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 09-28-13
    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 09-28-13 Member Since 2014

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    "This was a great book"

    I never read the Harry Potter books but always appreciated JK. This was so much fun and really different. It was very smart to pen this under R.Galbraith.

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    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 09-28-13
    Kandie Huntginton Beach, CA, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I can't even get through it!"

    Read the reviews and thought this book would be pretty good, NOT! Slow, very slow and just downright not interesting. I gave the performance a 3 just because the reader is better than the story.

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    Nicolette Berwyn, IL 09-27-13
    Nicolette Berwyn, IL 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "How I pictured the characters..."
    Any additional comments?

    I just finished listening to this great story! I put together a page of how I pictured each character. Check it out and let me know what you think! cuckoos calling characters dot blogspot dot com!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tarja Layliainen, Finland 09-26-13
    Tarja Layliainen, Finland 09-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very entertaining"

    Good characters. Some developments were quite obvious, but all and all very entertaining and well written. Story will continue, I'm sure.

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    Margaret COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-26-13
    Margaret COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Wonderful Surprise - I Want to Read More!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I completely fell in love with the two main characters, Strike and Robin. The story was very artfully written, with an ending I did not see coming a mile away. I also loved the narration; when Robert Glenister portrays Strike, he does a fantastic job of creating all the quirks one would expect from a character such as his.


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

    None - I believe this is one of a kind.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I loved his narration! He very convincingly portrays the characters in this story. My favorite were his narrations of Strike, and especially when Strike says "Wha?" I would enjoy listening to other books narrated by him.


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

    Playful Mystery


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 09-26-13
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "What a debut for a new genre"

    The Cuckoo's Calling is one of the best detective books that I have read in several years. The writing is clever; the main characters are likeable, complex and yet flawed. The chemistry between the primary characters is outstanding – the story itself is funny, suspenseful and interesting. Rowling shows that she can master a completely different genre from the Harry Potter series. This is the first listen that I have for Robert Glenister but I must say his narration was first rate. There were a fairly large number of characters in the book and Mr Glenister was able to give each a distinct vocalization. It just all came together nicely to make a great book that I would strongly recommend, well worth the credit. Hopefully this is the beginning of a series and future offerings will bring back the main characters and also the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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