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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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    Claudette Canada 10-27-13
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    "I loved the characters,performance,intrigue"

    This is a great book and one I strongly suggest to readers/audible listeners who enjoy mysteries/ detectives books. The words used are vivid and the reader is quickly 'hooked'. I hope to see many more books with these main characters, Strike and Robin. The narrator as well brought to life quickly and so vividly all the characters in the book. It was truly enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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    Eric 10-27-13
    Eric 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend. This is a good suspense and mystery novel. It's kept me entertained and wanting more after every chapter. Where most books you know what the ending is going to be before the actual end of the book. I didn't until the author revealed it. I wish there was a sequel.


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    Rebecca Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-25-13
    Rebecca Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Narration Ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely you will love the plot and audio!


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

    The twists and turns of the plot.


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

    The private detective.


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

    No, I enjoyed every bit of it.


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    Ralph San Diego, CA, United States 10-24-13
    Ralph San Diego, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Page Turner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mostly yes


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

    The poem at the start. It is extremely pretty and I had not heard it before.


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

    From midway through, yes


    Any additional comments?

    Builds up well to a satisfying ending.

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    J. A. Katz 10-23-13
    J. A. Katz 10-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Picture perfect murder mystery!"

    If you are looking for an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, this isn't it. If you are looking for a perfectly constructed murder mystery with fantastic characters and great narration, download this today. I was amazed at how involved I got with the story and the very believable characters. I certainly hope we see more of them in the future. The plot is perfectly paced too.

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    Raynel GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 10-23-13
    Raynel GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first review - NOT impressed!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    I would never read another adult book by "Robert Galbraith"/JK Rowling. I read all of the reviews saying it was a good book so I thought I would give it a try. I listen to audiobooks all the time and found this to be one of the most boring books I have ever listened to. I listened the the complete book hoping the story line would get better, no such luck. The story and outcome were just to predictable.

    I can't believe that this book was ever on the NY Times bestseller list, specially for as long as it was. I think if it had not been released who the real author was, this book would have just slipped into oblivion like many "first" time authors who should just stick to their day jobs.

    Sorry I wasted a credit.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only shows you that the author should stick to writing kids fantasy books.


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    Dawn Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-22-13
    Dawn Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderful Surprise from Galbraith/Rowling"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was intrigued about the author when I decied to take a chance on this book. I was worried about the celebrity aspect of the book but it was woven into the plot and character development in such a way that it worked. Cormoron and Robin were a great team with great dialogue, wit and British charm. The narrator was wonderful and I will look for other books read by him. The ending was set up for a sequel or series - I will be on the watch for more Cormoron/Robin PI mysteries from Galbraith/Rowlings.


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    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 10-22-13
    Michael Valencia, CA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Detective Story"
    Any additional comments?

    If you love believable detective stories then buy this book. If you love intelligent detective stories then buy this book. If you love gripping, addictive detective stories then buy this book. I just hope that author Robert Galbraith follows this one up with a sequel. Hey, Robert, did you hear me?

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    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 10-21-13
    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Sexy murders for the treadmill"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Vanity Fair Murders


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

    Yes, the plot moved at a good pace that kept me interested in listening and wanting to know more.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Nice, smooth voice - and a real feel that the timber of his voice fits the actual physical description of the main character - deep, masculine, etc.


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    Chad Las Vegas, NV 10-21-13
    Chad Las Vegas, NV 10-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Detective Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I would say that they are equally as good. Robert Glenister did a fantastic job with the narration.


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

    I loved the scene when they are in the shop trying on the green dress trying to gather information.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to tell the characters apart. Great pacing of the narration.


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

    I did not have any extreme reaction, I just had to keep listening. It was written in a way that the detective work seemed very natural and as the story unfolded you became increasingly interested in knowing who did it. When everything is revealed at the end it is all very plausible and makes total sense.


    Any additional comments?

    As everyone knows this was really written by J.K. Rowling. I don't think I would have figured it out. It is definitely worth your time. I hope we see at least a few more Cormoran Strike novels.

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