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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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    Eileen A. Record Winchester va 09-24-14
    Eileen A. Record Winchester va 09-24-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Great New Series"
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    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!

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    Cecilia De Los Santos United States 09-23-14
    Cecilia De Los Santos United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I took a chance on this book and I enjoyed it!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I liked all the different characters and story line and how it kept you guessing.


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

    I think towards the end of the book when it all came together. I could picture the different characters and imagine the different scenes.


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

    This is the first time I've purchased an audiobook with Robert Glenister as the narrator. I really liked his voice.


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

    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.


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    Heather 09-20-14
    Heather 09-20-14
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    "Likeable characters, not what you would expect"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Great narration that really puts you there, surprised to find out this is another pen name of JK Rawling


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    Eunice McAlvin 09-17-14
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    "Not my Favorite Book"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    I purchased another book that I haven't listened too yet.


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

    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.


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

    Strike or Robin


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


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    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 09-07-14
    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 09-07-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent writing about nothing"

    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.

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    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 09-07-14
    Sheri Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 09-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Talented author branches out to yet another genre"

    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!

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    Heathcliff A Lopez 08-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Narrator was able to recreate every character with good taste and accuracy.


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

    Yeah. Rowling is a master... and it's a murder-mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Part 3, Chapter 6 I think. Lady Gaga is referenced and the chapter was had an unexpected something or other.


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

    Laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's awesome! Get it if you can. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-29-14
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent start to a series"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 08-28-14
    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 08-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This book ruined me..."

    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.

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    Marvin Brown Charleston, SC, US 08-22-14
    Marvin Brown Charleston, SC, US 08-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Monotonous Story"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It certainly won't be any more by this author.


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

    No


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    Not worth the time–I did not finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring, not much happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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