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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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    Maria Toronto, ON, Canada 08-25-13
    Maria Toronto, ON, Canada 08-25-13
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    "Not what I expected"
    What would have made The Cuckoo's Calling better?

    I haven't been able to get around this book, every time I listen to it I fall asleep...not sure if is the performance or the story. It's just strange because I usually get into books easily. Not sure if I would give it another try


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    janet INMAN, KS, United States 08-25-13
    janet INMAN, KS, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrific Story -- I did not want it to end!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed how The Cuckoo's Calling kept moving - the story was intriguing and performance was well done.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful performance by Robert Glenister.


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

    Yes!


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    James COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-24-13
    James COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent listen for the car ride"

    Rowling does a good job of keeping things moving in her figure-it-out mystery. The story is told in a back-dated kind of way, whilst simultaneously untangling the mystery through talking to various interesting characters. Now that I think about it here, it really was well done, how she did it. I listened all the way through in the car for three days.

    Almost equally good was the narrator, Robert Glenister. He is the best narrator I've ever listened to, he did such an expert job of handling everything. He has a great sense of timing and a very skilled way in voicing different characters. He really seemed to understand exactly what Rowling intended, and then performed it perfectly. I can't overemphasize how well he narrated.

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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-24-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Is Strike a real person? I believe he is out there"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10. Very well written....on a different level than some I have listened to, puts some to shame. Loved it!


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

    Strike has many memorable moments, he is so funny, I laughed out loud so many times I had to hide my face so people would not think I was loony!


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

    This is my first listen to this narrator and I loved him. He has a wonderfully smooth british accent, his characters were well defined, I thought he did a great job!


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

    There were times when I felt sorry for Strike but his story is much more funny than sad!


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    JEAN Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-24-13
    JEAN Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mindnumbing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who this book is for I suppose a JK Rowling fan.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Very good voice changes.


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

    Longing for the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Now that I know who it was written by I will just quit it halfway through. It is truly boring.

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    Laura Quine AKRON, OH, US 08-23-13
    Laura Quine AKRON, OH, US 08-23-13
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    "ok...not as good as "Casual Vacancy""
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    I liked the detective enough to try another...


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

    The characters were compelling & well drawn out. However, the plot was a little too implausible & convoluted tho. I think she gilded the lily a bit too much by forcing suspicion on, well, someone else... and the plot-turner didn't really work. "Casual Vacancy" was great. I think I expected more in that vein.


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

    More gardening...which is what I do when I listen to books on tape. It was compelling enough to keep listening, and the performance was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped reading Harry Potter books when our (THEN!) 4 year old did a better job pronouncing the crazy words that JK Rowling created than I could. She has since read & re-read the novels many times -- she keeps one or another by her bedside at all times. She is now in her senior year at UK (haha...Univ of Kentucky), and very successful on many levels. Her "greed to read" is due in large part to JKR. If you can pass on my thanks, pls do. And if JKR is into horses, pls have her look our daughter up if she is ever in Lexington, KY.

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    Frank 08-23-13
    Frank 08-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Intelligent, layered and absorbing"

    I bought this after the news broke that Galbraith was a pseudonym for JK Rowling. I'd loved all her Harry Potter books (despite my advanced years) and knew she'd write well in any genre. Not to brag. . .but I was dead on! This book is far from the standard murder mystery. The protagonist, Strike, is the usual strong, silent type (wish he was more of a wise-cracker!) but with a twist. His inner demons, his wreck of a private life, are more subtle, real and convincing than the usual. The second protagonist, the receptionist/apprentice, is a brilliant idea and allows the author a different perspective from which to develop Strike. The reader does a wonderful job with all the male voices. . .why are audiobooks never read by two readers, with a second for the voices of the other sex? Well, never mind. He does a great job with what he has. JK, keep 'em coming!

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    nurani Mumbai, India 08-23-13
    nurani Mumbai, India 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A pleasing read"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The plot ,the characterization of the major players (including a contemporary detective in the "hercule poirot" mould) and the subtle humor that permeates throughout the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reasonably gripping and meticulously laid out plot


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

    Robert Glenister is fantastic and brings the different characters to life


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

    It was fairly long to complete in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    A very different "mature" novel by Robert Galbraith (whom we now know as JK Rowling) and hopefully the first in a new series of novels featuring Detective Strike.

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    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13
    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Characters You Remember"

    I enjoyed this book-great mystery but it was the characters who made a lasting impression. I actually miss the two main characters. I would love it if a new mystery came out with these characters. I very much enjoyed this book, its use of language and the way the characters almost reached out and touched me. I highly recommended this book.

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    John A. Saloiye South Charleston,WV 08-21-13
    John A. Saloiye South Charleston,WV 08-21-13
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    "Good Detecive Story"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed this story. I purchased it after finding the author is actually JK Rowling.I've enjoyed the characters and the ending. It clearly is a book made for sequels.Ms Rowling's wriing has improved over time. I refer to the way Harry Potter kept parroting lines in the book. This device is long gone.My only critiicism is this, why all the F-bombs? Just because it's called adult fiction, must authors stoop to the level of motion pictures and infuse course language and intimate sexual situations and references to be classified as "adult"?


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

    Yes I would read other stories of JK Rowling with the character Cormorant Strike. It was actually a pretty good story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any involving Robin and Cormorant.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The lead character definitely allows sequels.


    Any additional comments?

    Please alter your question concerning Robert Galbraith. The world now knows it is JK Rowling and with this knowledge purchases soared.

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