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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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    Sharron Riverside , CA, USA 07-20-13
    Sharron Riverside , CA, USA 07-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "really good, I know she wrote Harry Potter, BUT"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    this was really good. really good. I never like Harry Potter but this I loved.


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

    I did


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonja San Diego, CA, United States 07-20-13
    Sonja San Diego, CA, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as dark as the summary suggests"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Not as dark as the summary sounds, this is a fun modern, murder mystery with great characters. Definitely worth the listen, but watch out, I didn't get much else done while listening (well, I did a lot of cleaning).


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    turtlefarmgirl Chicago, IL, United States 07-19-13
    turtlefarmgirl Chicago, IL, United States 07-19-13

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    "Haven't finished it yet but WOW re narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    [Please note that I'm stopping 2/3 of the way through the book to comment.]

    If the narrator weren't so exceptional, I might have a harder time answering the question. HOWEVER, I'm stunned by how strong the narrator is (and I listen to many fine Audible narrators).


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

    Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawsky's perhaps - strong, real characters that navigate a range of contexts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Thus far (I'm only 2/3 through), it could be any of the scenes where Striker is interviewing others. Brilliant descriptions of complicated individuals in conversations, being questioned. One of many standouts is his first interview with the designer who was Cuckoo's close friend.


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

    Just glad to be reading it; and that it's not excessively violent.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-19-13
    Tim Ozark, AL, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2009

    Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.

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    "I hope it is a series!"

    It would be a shame if this book is not the First of a series. It grabbed me from the first chapter, and would not turn loose. If you have a credit and can't figure out what to try, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger TEANECK, NJ, United States 07-16-13
    Roger TEANECK, NJ, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great crime novel"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    We probably were all victims of a publicity stunt. This is still a great novel.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David MANTECA, CA, United States 07-27-13
    David MANTECA, CA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a disappointment."
    What disappointed you about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The style and "gritty" language was just not acceptabl- the author was intentionally crude and base in her use f vernacular. It was an obvious attempt to be " real" - but just ended up being offensive. I am very disappointed in this author- you woul/ expect more.
    Truly a disappointment.
    I would not recommend this book to anyone- the frequent/ common use of the F-Bomb as many as thirty times in one dialogue was just not god writing.
    I WANT MY MONEY BACK - this was horrible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Terry Brooks


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It wasn't the narrators fault - bad material


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

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    What a sad work of drivel.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JARED ROY, UT, United States 09-21-13
    JARED ROY, UT, United States 09-21-13
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    "Foul Language - Beware`"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story just didn't get moving. I wish I could return this book. The language was terrible and offensive. I wish there was a ratings system for audio books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Galbraith again?

    Nope.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 09-20-13
    John LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Think I am going to like the new main character"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Unlikely hero finds himself accidentally chasing a killer. Discovers the truth where the police failed.


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    09-18-13
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    "Stick to Harry Potter"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    No, I found the story to drag on. I tried to make it through, but just lost interest.


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better story


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

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    simone Florida, FL, United States 09-17-13
    simone Florida, FL, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Listening to all things Kristen Ashley

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    "Didnt Quite get the name "Cuckoo's Calling""
    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    He was able to change his voice to fit the many characters in the book, great Narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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