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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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    Amazon Customer 06-14-14

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "Great little Hollywood mystery"

    Great introduction to a new lead character. Very colorful characters throughout this book and a nice, compelling albeit lightweight story. A great little piece of entertainment for those of us who like mysteries.

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    DIONNE MASSEY 06-11-14 Member Since 2015

    I love to read and I love write!

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    "Great Book!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story line was great


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Very Well Written


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I normally not into mysteries but this book had me glued!!

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    Karen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-10-14
    Karen TOMBALL, TX, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very rewarding listen"

    After discovering that the author is really JK Rowling, I read the reviews and decided to spend my new credit. I'm so glad I did. The story held my interest, the reader was very easy to listen to, the two main characters were completely likable. I started listening to it again the next day after I finished it because I wanted to see what I'd missed the first time around. I enjoyed it even more. Great book!

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    DAB1950 05-27-14
    DAB1950 05-27-14

    97badgirl

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    "British accent distracting"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Thought this written under jkrowlings pseudonym would be interesting but didn't like storyline. Took too long to get to meat of it


    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    Took too long too much descriptive details about what they were wearing


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


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    Mindy 05-18-14
    Mindy 05-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes. The performance was amazing! Robert Glenister did an amazing job portraying different characters by utilizing different accents throughout the book. It was so entertaining that it connected the reader to type of character the author was trying to demonstrate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Gee Some and Marlene Hicks....simply funny characters.


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

    No, I haven't but I will look him up now.


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

    Definitely laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining read, would definitely recommend!

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    Thomas M. David 05-12-14
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    "Extraordinary - worth every minute!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cuckoo's Calling's vivid, lovingly drafted characters and scenes take the reader on an intricate adventure through modern London. The narration captivates from the very first moment. Maybe the best mystery I've heard in several years. Don't miss it.


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    Chana 04-29-14
    Chana 04-29-14

    Cwald

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    "Good Story - Too Many F-words"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There were too many F-words. Less vulgarity would have made this a lot better.


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

    no.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


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

    disappointment in the use of so many, un needed F-words.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is great, the characters and plot are fantastic but seriously - the amount of F-words is ridiculous. Most weren't necessary and didn't impact the story or dialogue in a way that if they were gone the same emotions wouldn't have been felt.

    Only read/listen if you are okay with hearing the F-word 300+ times.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-11-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wait, what?"

    I'm one of the rare, handful of people who have never read Harry Potter, seen any of the movies, or even gone on the ride at Universal despite it being a couple of hours away. I just never got around to jumping on the train and now it seems too late for that bandwagon. This may have helped me enjoy The Cuckoo's Calling because I lacked any specific expectations of the author or content. If you consider this book, take that in mind.

    The plot was slow to develop. The clues were too many and hard to decipher if they were clues at all. It all felt like a dumping of random facts at the reader. Some details in the end didn't quite fit either. However, it does pick up and all the characters can keep your interest. It feels like an old-timey detective novel, where the main character holds on to all the information, in his/her brilliant mind for observation, and then blasts you with all the incredible solutions in a grand scale at the end. It can leave you saying "Wait...what?!" It's a nice break from mystery books crowded with car chases, explosions, and mayhem.

    The nice touch is that the narrator's voice and tone match the description of the main character.

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    Penny 04-09-14
    Penny 04-09-14
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    "Anxious for the next book "Silkworm""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Since I knew JK Rowling wrote this under the name of Robert Galbraith I made an effort to read this. She has a unique talent for putting the reader in the story mentally. She creates such good visuals. Story was a bit slower, but made for a perfectly relaxing read/listen. I'm looking forward to #2 - Silkworm. I thought the British narrator was good also. I recommend anything she writes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all were important and the writing made them each unique. I thought Robin, the secretary, is the strongest support character. As Cormoran Striker, the lead character, develops I hope to see more 'in control of himself' develop - he's big, strong, smart, but still regrouping after Afghanistan. I envision Robin helping do that in the next book.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job transitioning from character to character without having it interjected "he said" "she said", which I find very annoying. A good narrator doesn't need to do that, and this narrator didn't. I'll look for other readings he has done.


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

    Not really, but that didn't diminish how much I liked it.


    Any additional comments?

    I also like it didn't have much graphic gore detailed.

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    Sandra R. Merrill Mpls., MN 04-07-14
    Sandra R. Merrill Mpls., MN 04-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Observer, reader, knitter.

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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    This story would be a definite listen again, or read again. the characters are human, with flaws and their weaknesses bring it to life. As you are drawn into the story, you relate to the characters, you are drawn into the mystery and can't help but become a part of the moment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flawed characters drew me in, The story kept me present with it, and the mystery made me consider the possibilities.


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

    Cormoran Strike is human flawed, but decent. He is scarred by life, he is struggling, but does not let those around him down. Cormoran is rebuilding himself and you are drawn in to his character, his strengths, his many weaknesses and his process through his journey, that pulling force that draws him forward in solving this case.


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

    Deaths calling for Justice


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to be a gumshoe and follow Cormoran, You are drawn to believe in him.

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