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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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Disappointing - Stick to Harry!

Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

Not even a good English mystery. Nothing like Agatha!

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

Disjointed storyline

What aspect of Robert Glenister’s performance would you have changed?

Delivery

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Can I have my credit back!

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Surprised

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! It's not what I expected

Who was your favorite character and why?

Robin & Strike. Robin seemed timid to begin with, but I can't wait to see who she becomes. Strike. He seems like a really interesting character.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Strike ran into Robin grabbing her boob. Funny

Any additional comments?

When I heard the author was JK Rowling's alter ego I was hesitant to read this. While I loved Harry Potter, Casual Vacancy left a lot to be desired. I loved the book so much I had to download the audio version. I was pleasantly surprised! My new series!!

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Great "noir" novel

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

No, I liked it very much but it's not the kind of book to which you go back over and over

What did you like best about this story?

I like the main character. He's smart and unaffected.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

He knows how to differentiate the different characters in a way that seems effortless and without exaggeration.

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

More or less

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  • Beth
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 11-12-14

A bit slow

What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

The characters were interesting. Strike seems like a character I would want to know more about.

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

Not really. It was a bit slow at times and made it hard for me to want to keep listening.

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

Cormoran Strike - he was a great craggy detective.

Any additional comments?

I may listen to the second book just to see where the characters go, but I hope the story develops faster than this one did.

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Even better the second time around.

Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Cuckoo's Calling may be the best audiobook I've listened to so far.

The first time I read this book, it seemed straightforward, competent and well worth reading. The characterization of the main players full and distinct, the descriptions of place and atmosphere were well drawn and compelling. I was somehow left with the feeling that this novel could have been set in the forties or fifities with an atmosphere reminiscent of Dashiel Hammett, although the setting is actually contemporary. The mystery was satisfying with the ending surprising yet not in anyway a cheat.

I have just listened to the audiobook version for the first time (rereading the novel in preparation to reading the second book in the series "Silkworm"). And I realized that the book is so much better the second time around. The author's writing is nuanced, the laying of clues skillfully accomplished. The psychology of the main players is consistent and interesting. The themes of celebrity, midllife crises and family relationships deftly explored.

And I love the narrator. Although I have listened to many wonderful narrators, he is the best. His characters are distinct, and he does women's voices in a very natural way (I had lsitened to most of the book before I realized that I was never drawn out of the story by his women's voices. Absolutely unique in my experience.).

I can't wait to read what comes next!

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  • M
  • Milwaukee
  • 11-06-14

Loved it

What a surprise to find out who really wrote this. I was not impressed by her first book but, this one is very, very good. The mystery was good and interesting but the characters were wonderful. I immediately looked for the next one in the series and also loved that one so I am waiting patiently for the next in the series.

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WOW - I'm increasingly impressed

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

I'd probably listen to it again, but that's not the main point of my review. I am incredibly impressed with the writing, the development and revelation of the main character, and the quality of the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Strike. At first I just wasn't sure I'd like him - but as he's revealed he is incredibly nuanced. His history, integrity, depth, grittiness, sincerity, blah blah. I sound like a crazy fan, but last night I listened to this while painting a set of bookshelves (ironic I know) and found someone I'd be interested in having in my own life. The kind of person you don't come across often - who is both accessible and rare at the same time. A number of times I was so caught up in the story, the superb narration, and the sense of being inside the character that the writing evokes, that I was standing there, literally with paint drying and hanging on every word. This doesn't happen immediately - it grows as the story and slate of characters unfold. Very well crafted.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

I forgot I was listening to a single person. Men rarely can capture women's voices well on these audio books, so its even more pronounced how talented Glenister is. To be able to create a character that you adopt, in the midst of the development of many many lesser characters that flesh out the whole story. He slides between men, women, accents, cultures, classes, mood, pace, tone and inflection so well that for the first time I've found the listening experience so much better than reading. All this pivots around the core character Strike. It brings out all the potential that audiobooks can achieve. There's nothing - and I mean nothing - not to like about his performance.

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

My reaction was slow to build. I think that's the way the story is written too - because as you learn more about Strike, he becomes more human, accessible and likeable. I think in some ways the writing, the narration and the story premise are so well crafted and combined that you forget how good each of them are on their own. This seems effortless. Which is actually so difficult to create. I feel I'm there - which in a way means I've merged with the story, forgetting its a story? That is powerful.

The story itself isn't so much unique, but the way that Galbraith tells it, in this unique voice, really is.

Any additional comments?

I normally listen to a lot of women narrators, because I've found their voices more pliable. And probably because I am one, perhaps I've also found them more accessible. I realize now that I often read about female main protagonists too. This book has crossed those lines for me. I'm not finished it yet, but I'm online ordering book 2. At work. In the middle of the day. Bravo!

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I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

How am I one of the only people that see some serious problems with this book!!


The story was very contrived, boring, and didn't really make sense at times. For example, Strike who is described as basically a big, not attractive man suddenly hooks up with a super model out of nowhere? After going through so much effort to describe him as a real life Hagrid... that scene just destroyed a lot of credibility and seemed to be artificially spliced into the narrative to try and spice things up a bit. Didn't work.

Also, although the book goes into agonizing detail about everything, at the very end there is one long monologue that solved the mystery with information that.... was never given to the reader and just pulled out of thin air. It definitely cheapens the experience and for me ruins the reason why anyone would read a mystery novel.

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Cheering for Cormoran Strike All the Way

Great plot brought to life by excellent narration.

Just enough intensity at the crucial moments to keep you engaged, and the character development got me caring and cheering Cormoran on.

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JKR's done it again.

Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The plot line and everything else.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd like to find other crime fiction books to try.

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

She does and she does it extremely well, as only J K Rowling can.

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

Nothing at all.

Any additional comments?

I'll be waiting for other books in the series.