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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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    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 09-12-13
    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 09-12-13
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    "This needs to be a series!!!"

    I really want more Strike!

    The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!

    This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!

    Cheers!

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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 09-11-13
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 09-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Writing excellence!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best audiobooks I've encountered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormorant Strike is the epitome of the gnarled and effective private investigator who is interested in justice. That's just the way he is.


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

    This is the first. He was excellent and made all of the characters real.


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

    It has a dry wit that made me smile at times. What I enjoyed was the easy-to-drink-in writing, the vivid characters, and way the author breathed life into a well worn genre. The interactions between Cormorant and Robin were very good.


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    John L. San Diego 09-11-13
    John L. San Diego 09-11-13 Member Since 2012

    John

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    "Took a Chance"

    I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
    I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 09-11-13
    Fawn Sussex, WI, United States 09-11-13
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    "Boring.... Slow..... Dull"

    Not sure why this got such high ratings. I listen to about 1 novel a week, and this one I could not finish. I kept drifting off to other thoughts... it was so boring and slow moving. The painfully over-detailed scenes, and long dragged out interviews of every person the PI spoke to were too much! Not happy I wasted a credit.
    Only good thing was the narrator, He was great!

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    Rebecca Dennis Eagle Rock, CA 09-11-13
    Rebecca Dennis Eagle Rock, CA 09-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Thoroughly pleased!!"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great story! Great characters, interesting story, and a perfect amount of humor and humanity. The narrator did a wonderful job of delivering each character and the subtly nuances of each of them.


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

    I can normally guess the end of a book long before I've reached then end. But with this story I had my suspects all of which where wrong.


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

    I have not listened to Robert Glenister's other audio performances but this was a perfect performance.


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

    There's a part where the main character Strike and his assistant finally bond. It was a sweet scene and felt real.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did love this book, and I do hope to see more of Strike and Robin. I hope that JK Rowling doesn't let the fact that her pen name was found out hold her back from writing more. This book was a great success and I would be very sad if the story of Strike ended here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Jennifer B.

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    "Can't wait for the next book!"

    This is a fully-realized novel, bursting with great characters who you can't wait to meet again. The other reviewers have described the story, and it's a great one. Fabulous layers of depth in the characters, diverse and real. Highly, highly recommended!

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    Bette 09-10-13
    Bette 09-10-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "There's a Red Herring, too."

    Audible uses the word 'classic' to describe The Cuckoo's Calling, but 'intentionally and experimentally hackneyed' might be more appropriate. The phrasing, descriptive writing, dialog, characters and story are a modern exploration of the gumshoe cliche. Sometimes it really works; there is an exciting freshness and ease to the images and dialog created anew from the old style that was a joy to listen to. Sometimes it doesn't; the story and it's characters become bogged down by strict adherence to traditional structure resulting in a predictable and dull ending.

    The extraordinary talents of narrator Robert Glenister kept me listening, even after this modern twist on an old cliche lost my interest.

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    Diana United States 09-10-13
    Diana United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've read in a long time"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The characters were complex and engrossing, with the author giving you just enough about each to tease you into thinking they were all possible suspects. I listen to Audible books when taking my hour walk each morning. I know it's a great book when 1) it propels me out of bed in the morning because I can't wait to see what's happening next and 2) I continue listening beyond the walk because I can't put it down, which is exactly what happened with "Cuckoo." A wonderfully absorbing read. You won't be disappointed. Hope that as I write this Mr. Galbraith is finalizing another book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer kibutz hama'apil, Israel 09-10-13
    Amazon Customer kibutz hama'apil, Israel 09-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "couldn't catch up with this..."
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    if the characters would do things more than just interview for chapters and chapters.
    It seems like I'm listening to notes of interviews with no emotional attachement to any of the characters.


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

    I really tried to listen to this story, but I just kept finding my thoughts wondering while listening to it. there's nothing to hold on to. it seems like a diary of a boaring private detective. the characters are flat and I found myself thinking who cares...Couldn't finish it :(


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    Carol Pueblo, CO, United States 09-09-13
    Carol Pueblo, CO, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "J.K Rowling -- Great Job!"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Will listen again


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the transitions from one action to the next. The descriptions are great. I could almost see and feel what was happening in every event.


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

    Couldn't put it down. Stayed awake late at night. Listened instead of doing chores and didn't care at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read -- would like to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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