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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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Amazing. Great mystery book.

Wow. A great audiobook. Writing and narrative are top rate. Not my usual genre but I would get this author's books anytime. Great buy. Won't lose on this one.

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fantastic book

What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

What a book. Took me completely by surprise & can only recommend. I have listened to hundreds of books & this is one of my absolute favorites. Can not wait to listen to the 2nd installment.

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What a Writer!

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

Top 10

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

Not really, but I was thoroughly involved with the well-drawn characters.

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

Both Strike and Robin. I can't wait to read more about them.

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

I gave it a good try but eventually fell asleep (and then had to backtrack and find my place).

Any additional comments?

Just as with her other books, this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The lady is one talented writer and I'm so glad she's continuing to write.

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Great Listen

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

absolutely. the narration was excellent. a Brit reading British dialogue is much better than reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

the characters were interesting, good interaction. the plot was good. I did not see it coming, which is always good..

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

Cormoran - really great - gruff, hard-bitten and very likeable

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A GREAT LISTEN

If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, intrig, awesome narration

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

You never are able to figure out who the killer is.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes in which the temp and the PI worked together.

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

Absolutley, but I also loved making it last as long as I could for longer enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

I am counting the hours until book two "Silkworm" downloads in about 2 hours. It is 6-18-14
at 10:45 pm.

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Great little Hollywood mystery

Great introduction to a new lead character. Very colorful characters throughout this book and a nice, compelling albeit lightweight story. A great little piece of entertainment for those of us who like mysteries.

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Great Book!

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

The story line was great

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Very Well Written

Any additional comments?

Great book. I normally not into mysteries but this book had me glued!!

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  • Karen
  • TOMBALL, TX, United States
  • 06-10-14

Very rewarding listen

After discovering that the author is really JK Rowling, I read the reviews and decided to spend my new credit. I'm so glad I did. The story held my interest, the reader was very easy to listen to, the two main characters were completely likable. I started listening to it again the next day after I finished it because I wanted to see what I'd missed the first time around. I enjoyed it even more. Great book!

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British accent distracting

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

Thought this written under jkrowlings pseudonym would be interesting but didn't like storyline. Took too long to get to meat of it

What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

Took too long too much descriptive details about what they were wearing

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No

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Entertaining

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

Yes. The performance was amazing! Robert Glenister did an amazing job portraying different characters by utilizing different accents throughout the book. It was so entertaining that it connected the reader to type of character the author was trying to demonstrate.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Gee Some and Marlene Hicks....simply funny characters.

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

No, I haven't but I will look him up now.

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

Definitely laughing.

Any additional comments?

Entertaining read, would definitely recommend!