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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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    chris 04-21-15
    chris 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable main characters


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    My first thought was correct, but my reasoning didn't support that thought. The devil is definitely in the details. If you pay attention you just might be able to figure things out. I'll know the next time.


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

    No, but enjoyed him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    People do things for many reasons


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy books that spend a reasonable amount of time developing characters. I can tell that was done with Strike. In some ways it took distracted from the characters primary focus. That being said, reading the next book I would think it would be different. I enjoyed Strikes style and look forward to the next story.

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    Jillian 04-20-15
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Absolutely. I'd listen again just to try to catch more of the details and clues. And Robert Glenister is the perfect narrator for Cormoran Strike.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Compelling, smart characters, a thick plot and the amazing, succinct writing style I've grown to love and expect from J.K. Rowling -- I loved everything about this novel.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Robert performs perfectly as Cormoran Strike.


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

    Loved it.


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    Amazon Customer 04-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this story!"

    I believe the audiobook has to be better than reading the book. Primarily because I could never do such a great accent in my mind.

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    Dallas Wright 04-19-15
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    "Slow start, but interesting twists."

    Slow start, but interesting twists. I will consider this author for future listens. Well done.

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    Priya 04-11-15
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    "A fan of Rowling"

    I chose this book because I'm such a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I was so disappointed in her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, that I didn't even finish it. But I like mysteries, so decided to try her again. Cuckoo starts slow. For me, characters drive the story and if I don't care about the characters, I'm not interested in the story. It took me a long time to care about Coroman Strike, but I got there and will probably listen to more in the series.

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    Lauren RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 03-14-15
    Lauren RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 03-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Tightly plotted, fast-paced, excellent narration"

    Character is king, with Rowling and with me. I picked it up since I was looking for something closer to the genre I'm writing right now and I loved it. I don't read many mysteries, but I'm definitely picking up the next book--I grew to really adore the central duo.

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    Julie Gladstone, OR, United States 03-10-15
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    "Loved this book!"

    The story was great and the reader was awesome!

    I can't wait to read the next in the series. Thanks!!


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    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 03-07-15
    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Rowling does it again!"

    Is there any genre this author can't master? This book was utterly thrilling, masterfully plotted and full of the witty, gritty realism that is usually underserved in most contemporary crime drama. I hope this will become a series.

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    Heidi 03-05-15
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    This is my first listen of a Strike mystery. It was good enough that I would listen to another. The book was also narrated well overall.

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    Adrienne 03-05-15
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    "First audiobook I listened to - awesome"
    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Definitely! I started it over a year ago, but didn't really get into the audiobook format; however when I restarted it a couple of months ago, I couldn't stop listening. Great mystery, great characters, great storytelling, great depiction of modern London.


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

    Absolutely. I've read a tonne of mysteries and even though Galbraith hinted throughout the novel at key clues, I didn't catch on, and the final twists and turns were great. Listened almost non-stop through the second half of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Cormoran. He was great. His voice, his acting. Spot on. There can never be another Cormoran so I hope Glenister has signed on for all 7 books.


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