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
Someone who wants to know about every furniture covering
Something light, not self conscious.....maybe a dip back to Harry Bosch. Or a brain research book that is popular now.
He misread, without correction, too many sentences. His voice is nice and noninterfering, but he overruns phrasing and gets it wrong.
Do you not allow readers to correct their misreads?
Any third of the book....not too long, too slow.
I loved the potter characters, execution and most of the plot lines. Wouldn't have missed a one.
Yes. Excellent detective novel. Highly literate and thoroughly engaging.
Fascinating plot & appealing protagonists.
Somewhere in the course of 7 Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowing learned how to wright. This is a first class mystery novel that compares favorably to the works of P.D. James.
When I heard JK Rowlings wrote a new book. I had to listen. Now that I have completed the book I loved it. Half way through, I thought it was a very slow moving book. It gave a lot of detail. Which at the end made complete sense and was great! I never once, even guessed the true murderer, had it completely wrong.
A good British whodunit, slightly marred by the narrator's inability to sensibly read the quotations from classic Romans at chapter openings. They sound like a phonetic syllable-by-syllable pronunciation of some complicated pharmacological drug, instead of a pithy epigram. Only annoying to those who know Latin as a language.
I couldn't wait to listen to this book when the true author was revealed and I was not disappointed. This is a story with such carefully developed characters, they have to be continued (I say "have to" more as a plea, rather than an assumption). So, you take the complex characters, add in the locale descriptions that are so vivid you can see and smell them, blend with an engaging mystery that builds upon itself and what do you get?
Entertainment, pure and simple!
All that said, the narrator can make or break a story, but Mr. Glenister nails it!
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I will listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again. I wrote a review in the recent past where I said that I rarely listen to a book more than once except when it's a spectacular novel with true depth. The Cuckoo's Calling met that requirement many times over. I have never read the Harry Potter books but I was definitely glad that I found this wonderful book by Robert Galbraith, aka, J.K. Rowling.
Yes, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I actually could not come up with a good suspect for the crime. The character's were so well developed that anyone could have been the villain. Comoran Strike lands a job that he so desperately needs to keep him from closing his P.I. business. Poor guy, he's sleeping in his rented office, for which he is to be thrown out for nonpayment of rent, after leaving his long time girlfriend. Robin Ellicott wraps on Strike's door, arriving for her first day of a five day temp job. Comoran knows that he can't afford to hire her for a day, let alone a week. However, he relents and Robin is ecstatic because she has always dreamed of becoming a detective. Strike's money is well spent because Robin fits the role of detective splendidly and proves to be a valuable asset to Strike. Comoran has only one client, when out of no where, John Bristow, walks through his door needing a detective to prove that his sister, Lula Landry, also known as Cuckoo, the legendary super-model, did not commit suicide but was murdered. Bristow is a British gentleman who is willing to pay Strike twice his hourly wage plus expenses if he is able to find Cuckoo's murderer. Strike may not have to live in his office forever, after all. That would surely make this huge, gruff man happy, after having to wait so long to find it.
No, I've never had the honor to listen to any of Robert Glenister's other performances before. However, after listening to Cuckoo's Calling, narrated by Glenister, I will definitely look to see if he has narrated any other books. His narration is spectacular and wonderful to listen to. His voice interpretations are wonderful. He can go from the gruff voice of Strike to the voice of the gentle and well trained secretary, Robin, without missing a beat. He is one of the very few that can actually sound like a woman, in fact, I think that he may be the best I have ever heard. His narration was near, if not, perfect.
I would say that a moment in the book that moved me was when Strike needed assistance and Robin became aware that Strike had an artificial leg from the tibia down to his foot. He had been wounded in the Afghanistan war but was too proud to tell only a very few and that was only because he had to.
I would hope that there is another book following Cuckoo's Calling. In fact, I'd be delighted if a new series was born. I'd love to hear more about the protagonist, Comoran Strike, sleuthing the British streets, so expertly described in the first novel, Cuckoo's Calling. I almost forgot, please keep Robert Glenister as the narrator.
Read this book before it came out that the author is JK Rowling. Loved it. Kept my attention. Very interesting characters. Just took a chance on it and hope there will be more!
Age 61. Father of 3 Grandfather of 5 Enjoy Mystery and historical fiction
I know it must be used to make it sound more real but by the time you got to the second part of the book, the F word was used so much it became a distraction to the story. I finally shut it down with about 6 hours left. Just couldn't listen to it any more. It didn't add to the story
The story was fine. It was how it was told
Added Audible to my 2 hour commute, consuming books at rapid pace, and rating books based on keeping me engaged and making time fly!
I like to think that positive reviews would have led me to this book anyway, but the leaked news that JK Rowling is Robert Galbraith made the purchase a no-brainer. I tried to tune-out that fact as I listened, but it became difficult for all the right reasons - Rowling's descriptive storytelling that brought Hogwart's to life did the same for this modern day trip around London to solve one of the best mysteries I have enjoyed - in print or on screen - in a long time.
I am looking forward to a continuing series featuring Cormoran Strike (and hope that Robin comes along for the ride!) and I hope that Robert Glenister continues to serve as the narrator. He did excellent work with the various British accents and brought Rowling's characters to life.
I like a little bit of everything but I'm really into romance of most types, fantasy and sci fi.
Everything. The "did anyone do it?" mystery. The characters themselves. It was a full story with fleshed out characters.
Well, it kept me thinking hard. That's the best way to put it without giving anything away.
I loved his voice. He read to me like I read to my children. He never confused the characters so I always knew who was talking.
It made me smirk and shake my head at times. There were situations where I was like "been there, done that, know someone like that." Feelings that brought the story more alive
A wonderful mystery. I'm glad J. K. Rowlings was able to get this out. The reading public can be so fickle and ruinous, at times forcing writers to be pigeonholed into certain genres if they want to sell. It effectively kills the creative spirit that cranks really great stories out. If she would have written this under her name there would have been one line repeated over and over in reviews... It's not Harry Potter.
In ending, give it a go! It's a gem.
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