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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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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-07-13
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Hope this is the Start of a New Series"

    I admit that I chose this book out of curiosity to see if J.K. Rowlings could write about muggles, but I recommend the book as a terrific story with wonderful characters and a superior narrator.

    I hope that the one-legged detective and his not-so-temp help come back in many more books by Galbraith/Rowlings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Bee United States 10-04-13
    Bee United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015

    Just a book fool.

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    "Pretty Darn Good."

    Cuckoo's Calling (actually written by J.K Rowling) is pretty darn good. I say "pretty darn good" and not great because even though this book is not my usual haunt I still really liked it. Cuckoo's Calling is written extremely well (obviously) and kept me coming back for more. In this classic who done it I was left guessing until the very end!

    I am thinking this could be a series?? Same characters new mystery.

    I am a fan.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 10-04-13
    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2016

    Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...

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    "Enjoy it so I listened twice!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story was great! The characters were easy to relate to and the story was plausible.


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

    I would not say the plot kept me on the edge of my seat because it was more of a light-hearted mystery with other stories within the story. Each character had a story and they were developed enough to give a well-rounded, enjoyable mystery.


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

    I have not listened to Glenister before (that I am aware of) but I will again.


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    Amazon Customer LOS BANOS, CA, United States 10-04-13
    Amazon Customer LOS BANOS, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A series would be wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    It was a slow start, but paid off. The characters are likable and I already miss them. There is nothing like a good mystery and this one just falls together beautifully. I can't wait to hear about Strike and Robin again!


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    Desmond Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-04-13
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    "Verbal Turpitude, and Banality Laced Prose"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    The best thing I liked about the book was the ending, it was a relief knowing that the anti-climatic ending was just as I predicted.

    The feature I liked the least was the repeated, and varied cursing made the book unsatisfying. Often it felt like the author was cursing for not particular reason, and the word selection many times was overtly, and overly used to convey a repeated meaning.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Galbraith before, how does this one compare?

    I have read some of the Harry Potter series, and was surprised by the author's departure from well stylized writing in that series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when the crime was solved, the accused response, and the cessation of the negative language.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No I would not


    Any additional comments?

    Given this author's body of work, I guess it was good that a nom de plume was employed; as the language, and word choice made the book difficult to accept

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    julie Michigan 10-04-13
    julie Michigan 10-04-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Good read hard to put down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well written kept me engaged throughout. It was very hard to stop listening.


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

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

    Yes


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