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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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    Mark Toney, AL United States 09-26-13
    Mark Toney, AL United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "What a debut for a new genre"

    The Cuckoo's Calling is one of the best detective books that I have read in several years. The writing is clever; the main characters are likeable, complex and yet flawed. The chemistry between the primary characters is outstanding – the story itself is funny, suspenseful and interesting. Rowling shows that she can master a completely different genre from the Harry Potter series. This is the first listen that I have for Robert Glenister but I must say his narration was first rate. There were a fairly large number of characters in the book and Mr Glenister was able to give each a distinct vocalization. It just all came together nicely to make a great book that I would strongly recommend, well worth the credit. Hopefully this is the beginning of a series and future offerings will bring back the main characters and also the narrator.

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    Courtney Rummel TOMS RIVER, NJ, US 09-25-13
    Courtney Rummel TOMS RIVER, NJ, US 09-25-13 Member Since 2014

    I love Audible!

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    "Fabulous Sherlock-Style Mystery"

    I loved it. The characters become so real and the story is full of twist and turns. I would suggest this to anyone.

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    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 09-24-13
    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 09-24-13
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    "Good writing but lacks too much"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. This book was written in a good style but the story is not engaging. It lacks suspense and action. The story is fine other than that.


    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe. I'm not sure I want to try other books if they are like this one.


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

    I have never heard Robert Glenister before but I think his performance was brilliant.


    Did The Cuckoo's Calling inspire you to do anything?

    I was almost inspired to return this book and get my credit back...but the book was not bad...it just wasn't good.


    Any additional comments?

    I only bought this book because I had found out who really wrote it. My expectations were high, and I was disappointed.

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    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 09-24-13
    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Amazing Robert Glenister"

    The varied voice acting of Robert Glenister made this a real winner in my book! From the gruff protagonist to the chirpy secretary to the oh so evil... well, I won't spoil it, because it's a real kicker. Jo Rowling (under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith) writes another great detective mystery, akin to the page-turning, take-your-breath-away, I-can't-believe-I-missed-that! mysteries oh her other famous series. The Cuckoo's Calling has a real pull, and if you aren't turned away by some of the rough language, I think you'll just love it.

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    LJ Web 09-24-13
    LJ Web 09-24-13
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    "entertaining"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Even though detective fiction isn't my favorite genre, I did enjoy this story, and appreciated the fact that it wasn't filled with violence. I can relax with a whodunit if it's not making me cringe all the time. This one kept me up most of one night.
    Fascinating plot twist at the end.


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    Raquel 09-18-13
    Raquel 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kinda Saw It Coming"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of The Cuckoo's Calling, but I really enjoyed the performance.


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

    Meeting the designer. His character came alive for me and I could just picture him sauntering around and complaining about Lulu's family.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    How he changed the pace and tone of his voice to line up with the characters.


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

    Not particularly. I would categorize this book as a light read.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the last paragraph of the epilogue was a message from J.K. Rowling to her readers. Such a mystery in itself.

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    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 09-18-13
    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Interesting Characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fact that the PI is not incredibly handsome and gets all the girls.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one scene in particular, but I really enjoyed the interaction with Robin.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are more to come with these characters

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    Aamir Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-18-13
    Aamir Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-18-13
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    "You won't even know"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This as a crime novel is an amazing listen. I would definitely refer this book because it has everything you need ask for in a book. It has great characters. A great partnership like Batman and Robin with less superhero, yet hero nonetheless, action. Great Story building and crime solving. The narration is also to the point. Thick British accent at times but fits right well into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike was the best part about the story. He is the main character but what makes him my favorite is that he is very 'human'. His background story makes him very strong yet very fragile.


    Any additional comments?

    So by now everyone probably knows that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. If you have read The Casual Vacancy by her then you will know that it has almost same kind of diction used.

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    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 09-18-13
    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 09-18-13
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    "Swept away by the reader"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    This is a good detectiv story by any account, but what really makes this a great listen is the reader. He makes every character believable, he also capturea a multitude of female voices without ever making them sound strange or forced. Bravo!


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

    havent, but will.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Makes Harry Potter seem like the boy he is.


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    JFK La Jolla 211, CA, United States 09-17-13
    JFK La Jolla 211, CA, United States 09-17-13
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    "...not at all impressed..."
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    No, not Robert Galbraith (or a.k.a JK Rowling-she needs to stick to Harry Potter-type books).


    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Glenister?

    yes


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is interesting that some found this to be a "good" or "great" book. To me, this book was incredibly unadventurous and lacked imagination. I was bored, to put it plainly, from start to finish. When I read/listen to a crime drama I expect some degree of thrill or intrigue to engage me, to keep me interested in something as depraved as a murder. This story fell short in lots of ways: the characters were dull and quite stereotypical, the scenes were flat, there were no nuances to set it apart from any other, no nail-biting clues to keep me drawn to the storyline. I only kept listening because I paid for the book. There was nothing exciting to comment on, for me, anyway. I felt as if I were watching some outdated cop show on syndicated television. I've read other crime books, written by far less experienced writers, that did a much better job.

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