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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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    Heathcliff A Lopez 08-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Narrator was able to recreate every character with good taste and accuracy.


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

    Yeah. Rowling is a master... and it's a murder-mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Part 3, Chapter 6 I think. Lady Gaga is referenced and the chapter was had an unexpected something or other.


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

    Laugh several times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's awesome! Get it if you can. I didn't want it to end.

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    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-29-14
    Jennifer Halifax, NS, Canada 08-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent start to a series"

    What a great first novel in what I hope is a long series.

    The plotting is sharply written, the characters are well drawn and human. The ending comes as a real surprise. This is a great book and proves that JK Rowling is not just a one-hit (series) wonder.

    Robert Glenister's narration is excellent. His voices are well done and completely appropriate to the characters..

    I will continue to buy these from Audible as long as they continue to be written and published.

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    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 08-28-14
    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 08-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "This book ruined me..."

    for the next few audiobooks I'll be listening to. I already tried listening to two others and I had to turn them off. But alas, now I have to wait for book 3 in the series.

    I loved the book and didn't want it to end but eventually it did. I love the writing and the performance. I hope that the author will stick by the promise of 7 books in the series and I hope she keeps this reader. He is an excellent reader. I could listen to him all day.

    But because the book has lots of twists and turns, I was not able to listen to it for a long time at a time. One has to really pay attention. The prose is excellent and I love the descriptions. An example: Strike picked up the cardboard towel. One can just imagine what that looks like. Unlike other authors she sprinkles the descriptives and doesn't bash you over the head with them by overuse.

    My favorite character is Cormoran Strike's intrepid assistant. I hope she dumps gorgeous rich Mathew and becomes a detective herself.

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    Concerned Reader Stamford, CT, USA 08-27-14
    Concerned Reader Stamford, CT, USA 08-27-14 Listener Since 2003

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    Any additional comments?

    First I am not an adult fan of the Harry Potter series. It’s great for children but for adults? Fuggedaboutit. But I was willing to give Rollins (aka Robert Galbraith) a try since I’m a fan of mysteries. She does a pretty good job putting together a believable set of characters, particularly Cormorant Strike, the protagonist down-on-his-luck detective. And the plot moves forward nicely (and linearly). Peripheral characters are somewhat flat but that’s ok. This is not great literature but an almost passable mystery with a good series of twists and turns. A major downside is the assumption the author makes about Bristow’s concern for finding out the truth about his adopted sister’s (Lula) apparent suicide. Without treading into spoiler territory I’ll just say my own reaction at the conclusion was a big “huh?”

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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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    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.

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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

    Audio books are the best :)

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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.

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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.

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    Josh 08-16-14
    Josh 08-16-14 Member Since 2015

    A student pastor and Christian educator. Constantly traveling, so Audible keeps me in touch with my favorite books!

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    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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