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 can't say enough about this series, I am on Book 2, SIlkworm, and I cant wait for the next one to be released!
I liked all the different characters and story line and how it kept you guessing.
I think towards the end of the book when it all came together. I could picture the different characters and imagine the different scenes.
This is the first time I've purchased an audiobook with Robert Glenister as the narrator. I really liked his voice.
I can't think of any particular moment. I just know that I couldn't put the book down because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.
Great narration that really puts you there, surprised to find out this is another pen name of JK Rawling
I purchased another book that I haven't listened too yet.
Overall, the story was ok, but it was long, and mostly investigating throughout the entire story. There was very little action of any sort, and the book was predictable.
Strike or Robin
No, it went on a long time, and took a very long time to get to the end. I can't see another one like it being very interesting.
J. K. Rowling may be the best fantasy writer since Tolkien but she is a poor mystery writer. Like many others, I feel this book is overly long with hundreds of pages of beautiful descriptions and dialogue that add nothing to the reader's experience. It reminds me of Winston Churchill's description of Russia "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma", except The Cuckoo's Calling inspires ennui wrapped in lassitude inside of boredom. Many great authors ultimately need editors but because they have such power derived from their success it never happens. You could cut 5 hours from this book and it would still be 3 hours too long. Nothing happens to people you don't care about. What this book does accomplish however is to introduce legions of readers to a whole new genre, the anti-thriller.
It's a shame that the reading public are so narrow-minded and only want their authors to write ONE type of book. This series would gain more reader attention if published under the author's true name - J.K. Rowling - but I can only imagine the barrage of "it's no Harry Potter!" comments. Thus the pen-name.
After reading "A Casual Vacancy" I knew that Rowling had depths untapped by the Potter series (which I found highly repetitive, but perfect for its target audience) so I was excited to see her branch out into yet another genre. I have a weakness for crime mysteries and even better when the lead character is a flawed, damaged PI, so I dove right in.
IMO, Rowling's greatest gift is that of creating characters and in this series she does not disappoint. The chemistry between the two main characters is palpable and their personal stories provide a solid through line that will last for many books to come.
The actual crime mystery isn't all that great in either this or the next book, but I still enjoyed them both immensely, as they are a really just a side dish to the main characters.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this series!
Narrator was able to recreate every character with good taste and accuracy.
Yeah. Rowling is a master... and it's a murder-mystery.
Part 3, Chapter 6 I think. Lady Gaga is referenced and the chapter was had an unexpected something or other.
Laugh several times.
It's awesome! Get it if you can. I didn't want it to end.
What a great first novel in what I hope is a long series.
The plotting is sharply written, the characters are well drawn and human. The ending comes as a real surprise. This is a great book and proves that JK Rowling is not just a one-hit (series) wonder.
Robert Glenister's narration is excellent. His voices are well done and completely appropriate to the characters..
I will continue to buy these from Audible as long as they continue to be written and published.
for the next few audiobooks I'll be listening to. I already tried listening to two others and I had to turn them off. But alas, now I have to wait for book 3 in the series.
I loved the book and didn't want it to end but eventually it did. I love the writing and the performance. I hope that the author will stick by the promise of 7 books in the series and I hope she keeps this reader. He is an excellent reader. I could listen to him all day.
But because the book has lots of twists and turns, I was not able to listen to it for a long time at a time. One has to really pay attention. The prose is excellent and I love the descriptions. An example: Strike picked up the cardboard towel. One can just imagine what that looks like. Unlike other authors she sprinkles the descriptives and doesn't bash you over the head with them by overuse.
My favorite character is Cormoran Strike's intrepid assistant. I hope she dumps gorgeous rich Mathew and becomes a detective herself.
The narrator tone and accent was enjoyable and the characters were engaging and likable.
The story was simple, one dimensional and lacked intriguing plot twists. Just a private eye questioning a seemingly endless list of witnesses. No intrigue.
It certainly won't be any more by this author.
Not worth the time–I did not finish it.
Boring, not much happens.
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