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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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    Amazon Customer LOS BANOS, CA, United States 10-04-13
    Amazon Customer LOS BANOS, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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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
    Desmond Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2015
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Michigan 10-04-13
    Amazon Customer Michigan 10-04-13 Member Since 2014

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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?

    N/A


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

    Yes


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    Sam San Antonio, TX, USA 10-03-13
    Sam San Antonio, TX, USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2009

    I love reading - it always takes me to a new world.

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    "What a great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A must read - you will enjoy from beginning to end


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ending got me by surprised - Not what I expected


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

    Listen carefully to the different characters.... it all makes sense in the end.


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

    Thumbs up


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    Carri Norton Shores, MI, United States 10-03-13
    Carri Norton Shores, MI, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Storyteller, reading teacher, author...when it comes to stories/books, it's my vice and I have unashamedly made addicts of my entire family!

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    "Many interesting and engaging characters."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    The audio version has an advantage because the reader has a good British accent which adds a dimension to the story since it is set in London.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the author does a good job in developing the minor personal wants and needs of individual characters, thus creating a dimensional world for the main character to negotiate. The other very refreshing aspect is that this book does not have gratuitous violence or sex, I could play this book out loud in my home and not worry about unexpected content being heard by my teens.


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

    No.


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

    I was not driven to maniacally listen, but I did find myself wanting to reach out and press play as often as possible since the mystery was not an easy guess.


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    Sharon 10-03-13
    Sharon 10-03-13
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    "Great Team"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Entertaining. Loved the way the main characters put the pieces together by using their common sense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both main characters seemed to value each other's input rather that competing against each other.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Great listen


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    Strickles 10-02-13
    Strickles 10-02-13
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    "Best narration of a book ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have never read one of the Potter series, but gave this a try at the recommendation of my wife. I was hooked from the start, with truly well-developed characters that I really cared about.

    I could go on and on, but here's the main purpose of posting this: This is by far the best vocal performance by anyone in the 100 plus volumes I've listened to here. Mr. Glenister provided each character with a truly wonderful voice, and I found myself laughing out loud as I walked and listened to his giving life to a drunken Mr. Strike, or the decedent's mother, or the gay fashion designer, just for starters. Absolutely great work, and will lead me to try other books he's narrated. Go for it!


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

    See above. I would never have enjoyed this as much without his vocal performance. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.


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    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13
    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brit Detective Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character Strike and all of his imperfections. Also the relationship between strike and his temp Robin.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration- love reading books with British narrators. The mystery, once solved was a bit unbelievable, but fun to try and figure out.

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    GinaBina 09-29-13
    GinaBina 09-29-13
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    "Loved the reader!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely


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

    The reader's ability to "perform" the story, especially all the different characters and accents


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

    Guy


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty basic, run-of-the-mill detective story, a little slow-moving. But the reader made it fun to listen to.

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    Julia 09-28-13
    Julia 09-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent mystery"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I'm glad I gave this book a shot. The description and the genre isn't what I'd usually be drawn to. I enjoy books by Rhys Bowen, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Jim Butcher. But the book was captivating. The characters were more nuanced than many books I read. And the mystery really hooked me in.


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