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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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    Trish weston, FL, United States 10-10-13
    Trish weston, FL, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2015
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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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2012

    high school lacrosse coach

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    "Page Turner"
    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-09-13
    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2014
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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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    Beau St. George, UT, United States 10-07-13
    Beau St. George, UT, United States 10-07-13
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    "Each character lives"

    Rowling has written a marvelous story, As with her previous work her crowning achievement is her keen perception into human characters. I could barely stop listening and shot through this book faster that any other I have purchased from audible.

    The narration was top-notch as well.

    The only complaint I have and the one thing people may want to note is the liberal use of expletives (most of them very "harsh"). I thought she went a bit far - we get the point. There is also some moral ambiguity that I found disappointing.

    Overall however, I am cannot wait for the next installment. I am in awe with this author's ability.

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    Lemiwinks 10-06-13
    Lemiwinks 10-06-13
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    "Wasn't a fan at first, but it quickly grew on me!"

    I'll start off by admitting that I had forgotten that this book was written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I'm listening to this book and thinking it's just "a little too British", but the story is entertaining. By the end of the book, none of that mattered. Good storytelling, an entertaining mystery, and an outstanding reading by Robert Glenister led me to go online to find out what else Robert Galbraith had written. Boy did I feel foolish!

    I'm looking forward to the next book. Strike and Robin are great characters and I'm eager to see how they develop in the sequels that are sure to come.

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    carla fruit hts, UT, United States 10-05-13
    carla fruit hts, UT, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The language in this book is horrible!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Taking out most of the swear words, they added nothing to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery of who did it. I liked the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to read more books by this author but not with that language. That many cuss words do not add to the book or characters. A few would give us a feel for the character the rest just make you want to stop reading!

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    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 10-04-13
    Tina Leoni Costa Elk Grove, CA, US 10-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining Story, Very Likeable Characters"

    I really enjoyed this story, the performance, and the characters. The "murder mystery" wasn't cliche and was very current. I loved the characters of Strike and....damn. All of a sudden I forgot the name of his secretary. They were very likeable in their struggles, their strengths, and weaknesses. The reader was also great. I would love if this became a series!

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