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
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!
See above. I would never have enjoyed this as much without his vocal performance. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.
The main character Strike and all of his imperfections. Also the relationship between strike and his temp Robin.
Good narration- love reading books with British narrators. The mystery, once solved was a bit unbelievable, but fun to try and figure out.
The reader's ability to "perform" the story, especially all the different characters and accents
This is a pretty basic, run-of-the-mill detective story, a little slow-moving. But the reader made it fun to listen to.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Good characters. Some developments were quite obvious, but all and all very entertaining and well written. Story will continue, I'm sure.
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.
None - I believe this is one of a kind.
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.
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.
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