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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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    Robin 06-13-15
    Robin 06-13-15
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    "Great story and excellent narration!"

    I think I would have enjoyed this just as much if I hadn't known that Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. I really liked the characters of Strike and his assistant Robin (my name!).There were a lot of other characters and details but the story seemed organic and clues were naturally dropped into the story. The narration was outstanding, keeping the many characters' voices distinctive. The milieu was gritty without being depressing or harrowing, and the contrast between the rich and famous and the rest of the world is clearly drawn. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I'm also looking up to see what else Robert Glenister has narrated!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-14-14
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Cormoran Strike Grabs Your Attention Right Off"

    This is a new series for this author. Who would think the same author could write Harry Potter and then write something as gritty and grubby as this series. The protagonist makes you want to know more about him right from the start. He is a sympathetic character who is very smart but dumb in romance. Not unusual I guess. Anyway, Cormoran is now living in his office after breaking up with his abusive girlfriend of 12 or so years. He is contacted to look into a suicide which his client believes is murder. The story takes off from there and gives the reader a good story. It is a sophisticated storyline and the author inserts lots of references to let you know that Strike is no dummy. I like the deep voice of the narrator and his accent which adds to the strength of Cormoran. He is a big man, 6'3" and weighing 16 stone (224 pounds). The descriptions of his disability and his unusual hairiness are important to seeing him. I hope there are lots of books to follow.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anne WARWICK, NY, United States 07-17-13
    Anne WARWICK, NY, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Mystery"
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I loved the characterization of each person, the plots with it's twists and turns, and the intelligence with which it was rendered.


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

    The plot was intriguing because many different facets of the mystery were exposed amidst the sub plots which included the personal lives of the main characters.


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

    Each character had a different voice and it was easy to tell who was speaking even without the written clues. There was no difficulty understanding the ends of sentences like other novels I have listened to and despite the unfamiliar accents I could understand every word. The orator definitely brings a level of excitement and authenticity to the story, as if you are living inside it.


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    Sharon 05-27-15
    Sharon 05-27-15
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    "I liked everything about it"

    When I read The Silkworm, also by Robert Galbraith, I did not realize that the name was a pseudonym for JK Rowling, but I enjoyed it and gave it a favorable review. When I did discover that fact while reading the blurbs for The Cuckoo's Calling, I had to smile. The first and only Harry Potter book I ever read (first story) came across to me as slightly dull, and had I known the actual author of the Robert Galbraith books, I would have skipped them. That would have been my loss, as The Cuckoo's Calling is even better than The Silkworm.
    Way to go, JK!

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    Ruth Nielsen 07-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Everything a Good Mystery Should Be!"

    I admit I bought the book because it was written by J.K. Rowling - but that's the end of anything Potter-ish in this delightful new mystery. I love a good British mystery because they tend to be less violent and more intellectual than many of the standard American mysteries. The Cuckoo's Calling has everything in it that makes a mystery worth reading - an interesting main character who is neither perfect nor pathetic, a smart sidekick who thank god does NOT need to be rescued in the final scenes, a lot of clues but no dead give away to the final resolution, and supporting characters who are not simply two dimensional backdrops. No dramatic chase scenes or gun battles - just solid detecting and some intriguing plot twists along the way.

    The narration was perfect and captured the voices in a way that was believable and engrossing. I had a hard time putting the book down to get any work done, and when the story ended I could only hope that Rowling/Galbraith is working on the next Comorant Strike mystery. Whether you're a J.K. Rowling fan or not really doesn't matter - if you like a good mystery, this is the best one to come along in a long time!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 07-23-13
    Tracy 07-23-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Hoping for a series!"

    This is the best book I've read in a long, long time. What a fascinating story with wonderful imagery. The story swept me away into the characters lives, keeping me guessing. The narrator was perfect. My only dislike is that I am finished it!

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    Jacqueline 10-03-13
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    "Perfect Mystery--Perfect Narration"

    I might have passed this wonderful story by (like many other's probably) had I not found out who the author was--and so glad I did.

    The two main characters, P.I. Strike, and office temp Robin, play off each other beautifully. A winning combination of characters moves this story along so well, I hated to see it end.

    Lula, supermodel with an unusual (to say the least) family history, is dead when the book starts. One of her brother's begs Strike to take the case, as the police have all but closed the book on it, assuming it is a suicide. But is it? Did she jump from her apartment building, or was she pushed? P.I. Strike is persistent and clever in figuring it all out.

    Rowling is brilliant in her remarkable ability to leave the Potter stories behind, and go forward with a completely different writing style. I look forward to her next surprise.



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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-22-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Perfect!!!! 15 Stars."

    Everything works. J.K. Rowling is a master craftswoman. Each plot-part locks tautly with its mates. The whodunnit's plotted tighter than a CD wrap. OKAY, it's cinematic. Uh-huh the characters are tailored to fit Hollywood's best character actors. Or maybe Britain's. But so what? And yeah, Cormoran Strike, a rugged, 6' 3", one-leged war hero turned PI, might be a bit of stretch for most of filmdom's munchkin leading men (Oh I hope that Tom Cruise doesn't buy the rights then surround himself with all the little-people who played Hobbits).

    But look, I buy mystery stories for entertainment. Rowling's as entertaining a writer as any who's working in the genre and I cannot wait to get The Silkworm to hear Robert Glenister bring this ensemble back to life.

    Thank you Ms. Rowling for bringing your perfect craftswomanship here to the mystery-lover's space.

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    E. Anderson Utah 10-16-16
    E. Anderson Utah 10-16-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Not worth the credit or price"

    This book was a standard detective novel, and not a very good one at that. Plot was basic and predictable. Characters were dull and obvious. Narrator was good though. The book was filled with foul language and a ton of "F" bombs. I would avoid this book.

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    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 06-18-16
    Cheryl Petersburgh, NY, United States 06-18-16 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "OMG"

    This book is SO good. I put off reading these books by JK Rowling, because I thought that she might be enjoying the afterglow from the Harry Potter books, but I was wrong! The story is amazing and the narrator, well, he's perfect! Don't wait, Listen!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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