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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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    Deitre tekonsha, MI, United States 09-04-13
    Deitre tekonsha, MI, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story and naration"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I did not stop listening to this story, except to sleep. It was very hard to figure out and interesting all the way through.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robert Glenister infuses the story with very clear and believable voices.


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    Amazon Customer 09-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book. It goes around in predicable and boring circles. I did not find the characters interesting or entertaining. A lot of repetition, adjectives, worthless dialogue, no action or intrigue.


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

    No, just the author ...under any name.


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

    The narrator is superb in this book just like in all his others.


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

    Only when it ended.


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    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 09-04-13
    Nikki Margate, FL, United States 09-04-13
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    "One of the best reads in a long time"
    Any additional comments?

    Knowing this book was by jk Rowling made it even better for me. It is an amazing book, with a story that has you hooked from the beginning. As with other Rowling books, it's a fast read, you don't want to put it down. As I finished it, it occurred to me that rowling's adult books are as compelling as the works of that other great English author, agatha christie. Have recommended this many times.

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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-03-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "It was OK!"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Possibly. I was really on the fence with this one. It had a good start and good end but the middle just seemed to drag on for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Strike and trying to find the killer and at the end when he lays it all out on the table for the killer. That was brilliant. The least was all the fluff in the middle of the story. It never tied together and fit.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was ok.


    Could you see The Cuckoo's Calling being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I can't see it being a movie.


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    TT Georgia 09-03-13
    TT Georgia 09-03-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A disappointment"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot of this book is pretty good and leads you to believe there will be more. But the continual use of profanity really turned me off. Younger readers will want to read this because of Harry Potter and they will be exposed to over usage of profanity.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    I am on the fence on any more like this one.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Pretty good.


    Did The Cuckoo's Calling inspire you to do anything?

    Close the book.


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    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-03-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Excellent"

    A well paced book, totally addictive and very hard to put down. I hope the sequel comes out soon. One of my favorite crime novels of they year.

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    Denis Cary, NC, USA 09-03-13
    Denis Cary, NC, USA 09-03-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Whoa... What did I Miss???"
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    Initially, I wasn't going to listen to this book because I found Causal Vacancy,
    also by JK Rowling, to be boring.
    But after seeing STARS & more STARS, I had to listen to it.
    Unfortunately it was a letdown because of the rave reviews.
    The story as is the narration are good but not outstanding.
    It's an average detective story.

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    Rikki WEST SPRINGFIELD, PA, United States 09-03-13
    Rikki WEST SPRINGFIELD, PA, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I turned it off."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's pretty rare, since I am an English teacher, that I will put down a book - for good - before I am finished. I try to give it the benefit of the doubt, that I will connect with the characters or story at some point, even if it is the very end, but in this case, I just could not make myself listen to such a negative story. Perhaps it lightens up or has positive turns further down the road, but after reading "A Casual Vacancy," where every single character was horrid and selfish, I have serious enough doubts that I just stopped.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The tone was on the monotonous side; I found my mind drifting away as I was listening. However, his pronunciation and diction were flawless!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    M. Stark Santa Barbara, California 09-03-13
    M. Stark Santa Barbara, California 09-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An enjoyable detective story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has well developed characters,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have not listened to or read many crime or detective books. My favorite fiction book prior to this has been Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. The story did not reveal "who dunno it"early on, if indeed there was a culprit, but kept me guessing until the climactic end when the puzzle pieces were woven together very well. I particularly liked the various characters in the story, the fashion industry environment and the way the individual character stories all came together satisfactorily without breaking credibility.


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

    No, I have not listened to other books performed by Mr. Glenister.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction. I commonly listen to books while I work out on the exercycle in the health center. I did laugh out loud a number of times. As the climax of the story came together I found myself on aux in 'driveway moments" and on earbuds while working around the house because I abandoned my routine as I "could not put it down".


    Any additional comments?

    I hope J. K. Rowling plans a second book with Cormoran Strike to continue with his detective work! Fun that the entire book is written sprinkled with current British slang and culture.

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    Sally CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-03-13
    Sally CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Really good plot, great charaters"

    Great who done it! I loved the characters and she puts the detail together nicely.

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