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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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    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 09-18-13
    Eva Swansea, MA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irene Adler ~Kindle Forum Pro~ SF Bay Area, CA USA 09-17-13
    Irene Adler ~Kindle Forum Pro~ SF Bay Area, CA USA 09-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed it! MUCH Better than A Casual Vacancy...."

    Poor J. K. Rowling... After the Harry Potter phenomena, I know she is trying so hard to get people to take her seriously as a writer of adult fiction that she resorted to writing under a pen name, the effort of which was then undermined by the wife of one of her solicitors. (If you believe that story, I am personally a bit skeptical.) However, that did call attention to "The Cuckoo's Calling," and I would say the attention is for the best. I read the first chapter or so of the book and enjoyed it, but decided to get the audiobook, and I'm glad I did. Robert Glenister is a fabulous narrator. I will admit, I was not really aware of who he was, and I kept thinking that he sounded a bit like Gene Hunt's older brother (being a huge Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes fan), and how ironic that my thought turned out to be correct! LOL! Anyway, I won't rehash the plot, but I will tell you that the story was very enjoyable. It's a typical whodunit, told in a refreshingly interesting way, and was well-paced, and well-developed, with interesting characters. I was a bit hesitant to purchase it because I has listened to A Casual Vacancy as well, and while not a completely horrible story, that one was so depressing, with such un-likeable characters and so full of gratuitous foul language that I barely made it to the end. However, I really feel that Ms. Rowling has redeemed herself with this offering, and I would be very interested to see any further books in this story-line. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Pigeon Forge, TN, United States 09-17-13
    David Pigeon Forge, TN, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a critic...but"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Took a chance on this one and it paid off. Good story, great characters, easy listening. Looking forward to more from this author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well thought out plot.


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

    Robin


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

    Robin and Strike's relationship.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SueAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 09-16-13
    SueAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Mesmerizing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Altho' it often take a bit to get into a new writer, I found the story kept me interested and wanting more.


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

    I loved Robin. I really thought the story would be more about her and was surprised to find she was his "muse".


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice as Strike.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 09-16-13
    Marcheta 09-16-13 Member Since 2007

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "A little Robbie Coltrane's Cracker and Tana French"

    I don't care who wrote it: I really liked this book. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is super. P.I. Cormoran Strike is not only "Hagrid in a Trenchcoat" - great description, Melinda - but he sounds sort of like Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid. The plot is intricate and addicting. The writing reminded me of Tana French's "Faithful Place," one of my favs (especially read by Tim Gerard Reynolds). I love the Latin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The listen was well worth my time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ludi ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, United States 09-15-13
    Ludi ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The voice makes me sleepy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No. The narrating was so boring that every time I listened I just wonder off.


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

    No


    What three words best describe Robert Glenister’s voice?

    Dull and boring


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 09-15-13
    Stevie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 09-15-13
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    "Love good English mysteries & good narrators"

    Haven't read one this good for awhile.Rbt. Glenister has a wonderful voice with a bag full of different people. He made this book not just good but great and the people so real, I certainly hope he will narrate the sequel. The story flowed so well it kept me listening hour after hour, it did not depend on blood & sex to tell the tale but rather great writing. Did not know who the author was until I researched the narrator and then the author for other books. Keep this character and narrator coming please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-15-13
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    "DISAPPOINTING!!!"
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    A LESS PREDICTABLE STORY!!
    UNFORTUNATELY I HAD THE STORY FIGURED OUT HALF WAY THROUGH.


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

    NO


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    NARRATION WAS GOOD


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NOT REALLY


    Any additional comments?

    ROBERT GALBRAITH (J.K. ROWLING) SHOULD STICK TO THE FANTACY GENRE.

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    T. Wray 09-15-13
    T. Wray 09-15-13
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    "Hope there is a sequel."
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What a pleasant surprise! I was hesitant to purchase the book since I'm not a fan of Harry Potter, but I'm so glad I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope she writes a sequel, or better yet, a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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