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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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    Rosemary 10-12-13
    Rosemary 10-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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    "Riveting read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the Narrator, brilliant rendition


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

    No particular moment, the whole book is memorable


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

    Robert Glenister is my new hero, I will purchase any books that he has narrated


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story, believable characters made more so by the excellent portrayal of them by the narrator Robert Glenister. Will listen to it over and over again, just in case I missed something first time around.

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    MarMor Flint, MI 10-11-13
    MarMor Flint, MI 10-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The Narrator is outstanding"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I loved listening to the narrator in this story. His interpretation of the voice of the characters continually engaged me in the book. I enjoyed the story and found I was quite sympathetic to the protagonist.


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

    The story and and narrator are different, but the narrator of Gone Girl was just as compelling as this narrator.


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    Christine SEMMES, AL, United States 10-10-13
    Christine SEMMES, AL, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Story good, performance OUTSTANDING!!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked this and only listened to it b/c of the author. I do love a good mystery but rarely is that my audio book of choice. Story is well written. The narrator is great, I loved hearing him tell me this story and would listen again.


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    Trish weston, FL, United States 10-10-13
    Trish weston, FL, United States 10-10-13
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    "Ended up loving the characters"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to get into at first, perhaps it was the accent or the pace of the reader. I almost put it down a few times. Knowing the author behind the nom de plume, I kept picturing the Harry Potter characters. But it did 'grow up' and grew on me after a few chapters.
    Although I guessed the ending early on, it did keep me very interested, especially the way things eventually tied together.

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    Gallstone 10-10-13
    Gallstone 10-10-13
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    "Looking forward to another Strike adventure"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I am not one for mysteries and detective stories but I decided to try Cuckoo's Calling because it was written by (spoiler alert ;-) ) J. K. Rowling. I am hoping that more Strike adventures will be published, and soon!
    Summing up in three words: 1) Entertaining 2) Appealing 3) Poignant


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how the characters evolved as the book progressed. I even came to know and care about "Cuckoo" by learning how the other characters had interacted with her. It also was evident that Strike went through a similar transformation- the victim became a real person even though she could not speak for herself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that comes to mind occurs when Strike goes to the nightclub favored by the glitziest stars and their hanger-ons. His interactions with the celebrities and observations of their behaviors were, at times, very funny.


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    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 10-10-13
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Hit for the Author"

    Completely enjoyable. Robert, aka J.K., has done it again. I'm praying for a series of these books. I've told a lot of folks to read this book! The author kept me tuned in. At times I was expecting to know who the killer was before it was revealed but the author kept the tide turning.

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    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 10-09-13
    Genevieve glen mills, PA, United States 10-09-13

    high school lacrosse coach

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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robin - she is a hard worker, young and in love, and a go-getter


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop reading, had to find out "who dunit", very entertaining

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    Jason St Pete Beach, FL, United States 10-09-13
    Jason St Pete Beach, FL, United States 10-09-13

    Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!

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    "One of the better private investigator tales"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    It's a little slow in parts but the book is a good listen. I would listen to the sequel which I think is coming next year.


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

    If you like Ian Rankin's Rebus you would probably like Cormoran Strike in this book


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

    Performance of all characters was brilliant. They were well developed characters in the book but the voices were excellent


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good read but it is quite slow getting going. Characters are excellent.

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    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-09-13
    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long by 1/3"

    There were lots of good things in this book --- interesting characters, good plot twists, well narrated scenes. It's just there were lots of dull times as well. I don't know if it was the narrator or the plot, but I ended up listening at 1.25 speed just to get the book moving more.

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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-07-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Hope this is the Start of a New Series"

    I admit that I chose this book out of curiosity to see if J.K. Rowlings could write about muggles, but I recommend the book as a terrific story with wonderful characters and a superior narrator.

    I hope that the one-legged detective and his not-so-temp help come back in many more books by Galbraith/Rowlings.

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