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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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    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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    Doctor Barb 10-21-13
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The plot was excellent once you got into it.


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

    Not at the beginning; it picked up after an hour, or so. I couldn't figure out who did it until the very end.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found the beginning of this book very slow and almost stopped listening to it. I found it a bit boring with a slow plot and unsympathetic characters until I was 1-2 hours into it. As the plot got more detailed I also found the characters more interesting. I have to confess that I often find this with mysteries by British authors. By the end I was enjoying the book and looking forward to listening to it. I did not have a strong idea of what happened until the very end. I recommend this book and encourage listeners to just push on through the beginning.

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    InsideADog 10-21-13
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    A little more than half way through this my husband said he had it figured out. He was WAY off. This story is well read and has a nice story line. Good set up for future books. The only thing that kept me from giving it the highest marks is that it was really one long series of interviews. That in itself is not that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Owlgirl Nevada City, California, United States 10-20-13
    Owlgirl Nevada City, California, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Great Characters !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The PI


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

    All of them Great Job


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

    When they solved the crime!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this book and all it's characters!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 10-19-13
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Positive Surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    Don't have time enough to read print versions, why audio versions of all books are better for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The genuine English style.


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

    Genuine English.


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

    Too long for that, but well worth a try.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next book of "Robert Galbraith" about the same characters.

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    Brian 10-19-13
    Brian 10-19-13
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    "A decent detective story AND a great narration !!!"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Superb story telling


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

    Hard to put down -- interesting character development and interaction. JK Rowling is a very talented author. Not sure why she wrote this one under a pseudonym.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Impeccable reading. I really enjoyed the different character voices he portrayed during the story. Great Job !


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

    Yes, but I paced it to last about 2 weeks of part time listening for a very enjoyable experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Rowling writes some more stories around the main character, Strike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-18-13
    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Get to the point already!"
    What disappointed you about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Long and drawn out, lost sight of story.


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less on the personal lives of the main characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Glenister?

    He did ok, it was the story that was not done well.


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

    Narrator had me keep listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea cheltenham, MD, United States 10-17-13
    Andrea cheltenham, MD, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I need a sequel Now!"
    Any additional comments?

    When I bought this book it was after the world found out J.K. wrote this. I was a wondering if this book could stand up to her past works and honestly I love this book so much more. It was well written, had the perfect narrator. Everything fell in line perfectly with this book. The characters are so well written that I felt as though I was right there with them, as if I met them myself.

    Honestly I need a squeal right now. I need another book now!

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    Diana New York, NY, United States 10-17-13
    Diana New York, NY, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One little problem..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the suspense, the characters, everything.


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

    Robin.


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

    It's too long for that, but a few binge sittings, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Really liked the performance, with one exception. The actor totally misread one character--Evan Duffield. From the book it's clear that he's posh and snooty, yet this actor chose to give him, inexplicably , a working class accent. Huh?

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    michael 10-15-13
    michael 10-15-13
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    "Nice little story"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Has a sympathetic damaged hero out to find the truth -- even though he thinks he knows the truth before the investigation starts. Nice mystery to curl up with by the fire.


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

    My favorite places involved the inconvenience of an artificial limb.


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