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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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    Nicolette Berwyn, IL 09-27-13
    Nicolette Berwyn, IL 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    Any additional comments?

    I just finished listening to this great story! I put together a page of how I pictured each character. Check it out and let me know what you think! cuckoos calling characters dot blogspot dot com!!

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    Tarja Layliainen, Finland 09-26-13
    Tarja Layliainen, Finland 09-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    Good characters. Some developments were quite obvious, but all and all very entertaining and well written. Story will continue, I'm sure.

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    Margaret COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-26-13
    Margaret COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Wonderful Surprise - I Want to Read More!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I completely fell in love with the two main characters, Strike and Robin. The story was very artfully written, with an ending I did not see coming a mile away. I also loved the narration; when Robert Glenister portrays Strike, he does a fantastic job of creating all the quirks one would expect from a character such as his.


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    None - I believe this is one of a kind.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I loved his narration! He very convincingly portrays the characters in this story. My favorite were his narrations of Strike, and especially when Strike says "Wha?" I would enjoy listening to other books narrated by him.


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

    Playful Mystery


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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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    Debra 09-25-13
    Debra 09-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "All I can say is "More!!!""
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    To coin a phrase, It was Bloody Brilliant!!
    I simply cannot wait for more Strike novels!!


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    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 09-24-13
    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    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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