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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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    Janie O'brien US 12-13-13
    Janie O'brien US 12-13-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Cormorant Strike, a strong and new presence!"

    I just loved this book and was so sad when it was over. Eloquently written with simply clarity the story so brilliantly performed by Robert Glenister takes you right into the life of the main protagonist who gradually reveals the lives of all the party's to to the main plot. There is a love story too, isn't there; a gentle one insinuating itself into the story and still unfolding and that will hopefully be consummated some time in the not too distant future.
    This was an excellent mystery, not a thriller, it didn't have to be to keep me enthralled, and was intelligently thought through right from the very beginning until the very end. Cannot recommend it more highly, knowing you will enjoy it as much as I did. Let's hope that this becomes the brilliant first in a new series by the esteemed author JK Rowlings aka Robert Galbraith.

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    SMAE 12-10-13
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    "Somewhat dissapointed"
    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    It was too easy to figure out who the killer was.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I could see a follow up book based on the detective and his assistant solving various crimes.


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    heART seneca sc 12-08-13
    heART seneca sc 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature

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    "an engaging read with engaging characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    it's a good read. if you're looking for profound truths, this is not it. if you're looking for characters and a story involving celebrity type characters, it's engaging and I expect the two main characters will show up in another book. the stage is set for a detective series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the main characters


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

    this is J.K. Rowling's book; of course one can't escape reading without having read one Harry Potter book. I love her imagination and it doesn't fail her here in terms of plotting and building a friendship between characters.


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

    beauty and the beast collide


    Any additional comments?

    some of the characters were painted with one broad brush; I would have appreciated greater nuance. No one is all good or all bad.

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    SirenPacific Arizona 12-04-13
    SirenPacific Arizona 12-04-13 Member Since 2013

    SirenPacific

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    ""Galbraith" creates such great characters!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There seemed like such a drawn out build up...the end somewhat fizzled.


    Would you recommend The Cuckoo's Calling to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it-it was fun to read. I love how the characters are so artfully crafted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved every scene where Cormoran is depicted as disheveled, a wreck, hungover. One can't help but love him.


    Could you see The Cuckoo's Calling being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    -it just wouldn't be quite right


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    denise easton, PA, United States 12-02-13
    denise easton, PA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just loved this book.."
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    It was entertaining


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

    Loved the designer - funny as hell the personalities


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen enjoyed during my compute to work

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    Wincheryl Minnesota 12-01-13
    Wincheryl Minnesota 12-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "On and on!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this story was interesting, it went on and on. It took as much time to explain the mystery as it took to read the story. Someone needs to stick with Harry.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No-Don't really care what happens to Comoran.


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    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 12-01-13
    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite audiobook so far, the voice performer did such an amazing job I forgot it was only one person reading the book at times. I'm actually listening to it a second time right now.


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

    The end was really good!


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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 11-29-13
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed this book. Look forward to more."

    This reminds me of a bit of a traditional hard-boiled PI movie. You'd expect it to be a 1940's B&W movie - although in modern times. The main character isn't as slick as a Humphrey Bogart. In fact, his life is a bit of a mess. Come to think of it though, isn't that usually a characteristic of a traditional PI?

    The characters feel very real. One of those books that you miss when you finish it and look forward to the next in the series. (I hope it's going to be a series?)

    If I have one criticism, the book sometimes became a long series of interviews with suspects. While it didn't really drag, it would be nice to bring a little more action to the writing.

    The writing is very good and the narration is excellent. Well-worth your credit!

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    Annie H New York, NY 11-26-13
    Annie H New York, NY 11-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Book"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I would say "fascinating" "intriguing" "funny"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormoran Strike tops my list. His character is written so well that you can visualize what he looks like. He's funny, irreverent, hard-nosed and clever. I like that in a PI.


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

    Robert Glenister gives all of the characters life. He is a terrific performer and is so enthusiastic about the material that I was caught up in the excitement of it all.


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

    I had to put it down to go to sleep but did so reluctantly.


    Any additional comments?

    JK Rowling did a fabulous job with this book and I hope she has more of them up her sleeve!

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    Didi Redmond, WA, United States 11-25-13
    Didi Redmond, WA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I'm not a big mystery-whodunit reader, so I only picked this up based on reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I wish it were a series, because now that it's over I can't stop thinking about the characters and I'm ready for the next adventure! The details, character development and pacing were all perfect and I found myself looking forward to the next car ride or run so that I could continue listening.

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