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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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    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14
    Katie Los Alamitos, California, United States 02-04-14
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    "Very much enjoyed this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, it was a great story and I had a fantastic listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main protagonist, Strike and Robyn, worked so well with each other. I was dreading the possibility of a romantic situation arising between the two and was happily pleased that the story didn't go that way.


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

    Accents! They development of the characters with fantastic accents to boot, from posh, to street, to snobbery. I loved Glenster's narration.


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

    Quite a few. Some of my random outbursts of laughter attracted looks from strangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Eagerly awaiting the next book/story from Glenster.

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    Lynda Rands 02-03-14
    Lynda Rands 02-03-14
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    "Excellent whodunit with a great narrator"

    The characters in this story are very nicely drawn. Things move along at a good pace, unlike so many works in this genre which tend to drag in the middle. The story is fairly conventional and the ending is just a bit too neat. Still in all, well worth the listen and highly entertaining. Hope Mr. Galbraith is working on a sequel.

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    Carl 02-03-14
    Carl 02-03-14
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    "Mostly Enjoyable, if Formulaic"
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have left him quite so flat. Surely he had a couple of friends, real friends, left in the world. Either that or make it harder to gain access to the upper crust of society.


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

    I can read it while driving!


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

    Fashion. Lies. Death. All in a day's work.


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    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 02-02-14
    VerusX Tucson, AZ, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too Dumb"

    Interesting reader but dialogue and action just too crazy for me. At first I thought reader was reading a Phillip Carr book but then writing didn't match the reader's capability

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 02-01-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Do it again,JK. Rowling ...oups,i meant RGalbraith"

    A very classic set up : a somewhat romantic private detective (a looser/winner) with hardly any client, a secretary with a character, a case without cause .. Notwithstanding the clichés , this is the hell of a good book, very well written, Look forward the second episode...

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    julienne 01-24-14
    julienne 01-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Kinda like Jack Taylor"

    I never would have read this if I hadn't known who'd written it, since I don't normally read detective fiction that doesn't involve magic of some kind. I'm so glad I picked this up, though. It's not Dickens, but then again, it's not supposed to be. If you watch Jack Taylor or A Touch of Frost (or read the books they're based on), I very much recommend this.

    The whodunit nature of this never felt contrived, and I cared deeply about the individual characters involved throughout the plot. Rowling's always been good at creating characters, and it shows. I'm almost reminded of Agatha Christie, in that the motivations of the different characters are explored just as much as the deductive sciencey CSI-type stuff.

    I really hope that we'll see another Galbraith book in the future, even knowing who's really doing the writing. This was great, and I'd happily read more.

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    Gail Huntsville, Albania 01-23-14
    Gail Huntsville, Albania 01-23-14
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    "Great grown up mystery from a writer for the ages"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    I have to be honest, I didn't buy this until I heard it was really written by JK Rowling. I read A Casual Vacancy and didn't care for it. It's hard to live up to the monumental body of work that is the Harry Potter series, and frankly, that's enough to secure her place in literary history. But with this book, Robert (aka Jo) is back. Great story. Great narration. Can't wait for more.


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    Johnny California 01-21-14
    Johnny California 01-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Too much talking, not enough danger and suspense"

    I got this book because of the large number of positive reviews - and because it's J.K. Rowling writing in dude drag - but I came away feeling a little let down. The writing style is great, the narration is great and the characters are great. But the story is ... not really great. I just didn't find it to be very exciting.

    What Rowling - I mean, Robert Galbraith - does well is present the mystery to the reader like a puzzle to solve. There are clues scattered everywhere like puzzle pieces, and as the detective works through the story, he fits each puzzle piece into place one by one until the whole picture is finally revealed.

    Unfortunately, the story was about as exciting to me as watching somebody work on a puzzle.

    Here's the problem I had: The main character is never in any real danger until the very, very end of the book. There's no suspense, nothing that brings you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there. I noticed early on that the detective was not personally invested in the mystery, and as the story played out the lack of danger just got more and more glaring to me.

    There is nothing at stake for the detective - no race against the clock, no looming threat of violence from the as-yet-unseen killer. Most of the story breaks down to either logistics or dialogue. The detective is either traveling someplace or he's talking to someone. That's virtually the entire book - just walking and talking. With too-few exceptions, most of The Cuckoo's Calling is the detective character asking the other characters questions.

    Sure, there is plenty of nuance in the dialogue from a parade of varied and well-voiced characters. And the murder plot includes some interesting elements and clues to be uncovered.

    But as a reader, I struggled to stay invested in the story because of the complete lack of danger, suspense, and so on. There is a mystery to solve, to be sure, but I just didn't think it was very exciting to watch the detective solve it.

    To put it another way, if you like straight-up mysteries, then this book is probably right up your alley. But if you like your mystery served up with a side of suspense and thrills, keep on walkin'.

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    PETER R EVANS 01-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "This is a terrific book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cuckoo's Calling is a wonderful listen, read exquisitly by Robert Glenister and written with a craftsman's sense of character and story development.<br/>I can hardly wait for the second and more of the series.


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    C newport beach, CA, United States 01-17-14
    C newport beach, CA, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    Endless dialogue,unpleasant unlikable characters.Thin plot and by the end I found myself fast-forwarding to get to an end that I really didn't care about

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