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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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    Marvin Brown Charleston, SC, US 08-22-14
    Marvin Brown Charleston, SC, US 08-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Monotonous Story"
    What did you like best about The Cuckoo's Calling? What did you like least?

    The narrator tone and accent was enjoyable and the characters were engaging and likable.
    The story was simple, one dimensional and lacked intriguing plot twists. Just a private eye questioning a seemingly endless list of witnesses. No intrigue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It certainly won't be any more by this author.


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

    No


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    Not worth the time–I did not finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring, not much happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-20-14
    Richard 08-20-14
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    "Exceptionally good. Most enjoyable."

    Brilliant writing. Spot on narration. Excellent character development. A great read. Going on to book 2, "The Silkwork" straightaway. Bravo!

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    Brooke 08-19-14
    Brooke 08-19-14
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    "Well written mystery"

    While I'm usually not one to pick up a mystery novel, I really enjoyed this one. It took me several chapters to really get into it but the writing is what kept me going. The author made you feel like you were there experiencing exactly what the characters were feeling, seeing, hearing.

    As for the mystery itself, it was interesting but occasionally things 'fell into place' rather conveniently, but perhaps that's just my inexperience with mystery novels :)

    Will read the next one!

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    Adam 08-19-14
    Adam 08-19-14
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    "Good performance, okay story"

    Though the characters are well drawn, the story is somewhat lacking in suspense and one is inclined to loose interest in all the plot machinations. Still, will probably listen to the next of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Settle 08-18-14
    Rob Settle 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked everything about this book!"

    I usually don't care for "damaged" protagonists. They often present themselves as weak, burdened, struggling, and inept. I find it hard to identify with those traits. Fortunately, that's not the case with Galbraith's hero, Cormoran Strike. His handicap contributes more than it detracts from his attractiveness. Plot is great. Characters are sufficiently unique to be identifiable without being bizarre. All in all, a really entertaining and enjoyable book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 08-16-14
    Josh 08-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Solid Work"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing detective novel.


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

    The most interesting thing was the internal challenges faced by protagonist Comoran Stryke. The least interesting was the elongated conversations/interviews he would have with suspects or witnesses.


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

    The final confrontation between Comoran and the murderer.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid read that isn't a waste of time, but certainly not the best detective novel I have ever read. The characters have great potential for future stories and novels! I will pick up the sequel.

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    Gina 08-14-14
    Gina 08-14-14
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    "Ruined Story line with Way too much Profanity!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Story I am sure had great potential. But almost every Character uses the F*ck Word Way Tooooooooooooooo Many Times.Extreme Profanity, was so not what I was looking for.To the point I had to keep pulling my Earbuds out to just get through the different Chapters.Very Disappointing!J.K. Stooped way below her level. I won't be reading anymore of her so called "Adult"literature unless there is a Warning label as to the amount of Extreme Profanity in.
    A wast of half the day.
    I hate not finishing a story. but, in this instant. Back it goes!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definately something less offensive


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator Robert Glenister is wonderful.His content on the other was low class literature.


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

    Extremely Disappointing!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope everyone who is interested in exploring J.K.'s Adult Side, understands that this Book is a sad rendition of her talent.

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    moe Astoria, OR, United States 08-12-14
    moe Astoria, OR, United States 08-12-14
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    "Great Characters!"
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Great, Somewhat Anticlimactic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Detective Strike was not your typical detective and I really like that he is somewhat portrayed as a brute but is actually incredibly clever.


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

    He was an excellent narrator! He was able to give such varying, descriptive, and convincing voices to all the characters, even the females. I don't think I could have enjoyed this story as much if I had been reading it alone. He was essential!


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

    Yes. Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I give the story 3 stars because the ending was actually a little bit expected and slightly anti-climactic. Overall it was an entertaining book, very exciting but I wouldn't call it a work of literature. I will read Silkworm when I'm in the mood for a thrilling mystery.

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    Steven 08-10-14
    Steven 08-10-14
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Cuckoo's Calling is one of the best mysteries I've ever listened to. The story was compelling, the characters well-developed and interesting, and the narration as good as it gets. I especially liked the developing relationship between Strike and Robin. I hope there will be many more!


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

    Yes. It was never predictable. The plot was complex but it made sense in the end.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Everything -- his character voices, pace, intonation. He never overacted nor was flat. He matched the mood for every scene.


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    Lori Riley Durham, NC 08-10-14
    Lori Riley Durham, NC 08-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Robust story with colorful characters."
    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Great intro to Cormoran Strike.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It paints a vivid picture of Strike's personality, and we meet a number of interesting characters to make the story very enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when Strike met Lula's mother.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of novel that tells a rich, character-driven story. It offers a variety of interesting, yet believable people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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