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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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    David Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-13
    David Seattle, WA, USA 08-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrific noir fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The characters and plot we very engaging and the narration was spot on.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.... The twists were surprising, and I didn't want the book to end.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    His command of accents, tone, and character were great.


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

    When robin admitted she loved the job.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope we hear more about Cormoran Strike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13
    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Listening while I run.

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    "This is why we listen - perfect "Strike""

    Great story, great characters and excellent narration. Give it a try - wise use of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nampa, ID, United States 08-15-13
    Amazon Customer Nampa, ID, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I really liked it"

    I was looking for a new book to listen to on my drives and, as luck would have it, this was the first book I investigated. I bought it because of the reviews and because I liked Harry Potter. I was not disappointed. Very good read. I found myself losing interest in the middle somewhere but the story sucked me back in soon after that, as Strike started piecing together all the clues and witness testimonies. Listened to the last half or so in one sitting, I was so enthralled. Good read. I give it 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lerone brooklyn, NY, United States 08-15-13
    Lerone brooklyn, NY, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome twists"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up in my top 10 of well written books


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

    Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series - The protagonist was not all good, but you like him anyway, and he found answers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Strike bedded the super model


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 08-15-13
    Connie Metropolis, IL, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed by Rowling AGAIN"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Agatha Christie fans.


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

    Not the genre, but it's turned me off to Rowling writing anything but Fantasy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorites.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I hated her first post-Harry book, and was just disappointed with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 08-15-13
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2008

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    "I was dubious..."

    I wasn't sure about Rowling's second adult fiction outing because the last book really did not appeal to me. I took a chance on this one, and fell in love with the protagonists. Robin and Strike are a delightful detective team. The mystery itself is solid, with enough clues scattered around like breadcrumbs along the way for the reader to digest and draw conclusions alongside the characters. Twists and turn abound, but none "out of nowhere", as everything comes together in the end.

    I now anxiously await more Strike mysteries from Galbraith, and look forward to what will become the rest of his story!

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    Jim Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-15-13
    Jim Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-15-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Good book, excellent narrator."
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very Good


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

    I like mysteries that challenge you to think with well-developed characters and plots. I really like the works of P.D James and Martha Grimes and I think J.K. aka Robert Galbraith has done an excellent job. A modern day flawed hero believable plot. An entertaining listen.


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

    I don't remember listening to Robert Glenister before but I will remember this performance. I often find books are better in my head but he was engaging, entertaining, believable yet transparent. Glenister is an entire cast of one.


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

    Just a good story ready by an excellent narrator. Spend a credit if you like mysteries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara H. Handler Knoxville, TN 08-15-13
    Barbara H. Handler Knoxville, TN 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "What a beautiful use of language"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Don't ever end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of the language and the weaving of the plots.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Good voice, easy to listen to him and good use of different voices.


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

    Chuckled some...never cried...just enjoyed it and kept me thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure hope it is a series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-14-13
    Carl Vernal, UT, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just All Right"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book contained way too many cusses, which shows a slight un-intelligence of the author despite a somewhat clever story line. Also much to long for just an okay ending.


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

    I liked the role the secretary played in the book, It was almost as if her importance was downgraded slightly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Okay performance, not my favorite narrator but he did all right.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy a good detective book, but this on was only okay. Not worth the hype the book got. J.K. Rowling should stick to Harry Potter as her books for "adults" have been terrible and this one mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 08-14-13
    Ron Belmont, CA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like film noir mysteries, you'll like this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.


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

    Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).


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

    Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.


    Any additional comments?

    I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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