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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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okay but not Harry Potter

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

Probably but I would not put it at the top of my must haves, it was an okay story. Not a bad narrator but he isn't Simon Prebble who is in my opinion the best male narrator that Audible has (I buy books to listen to just because Simon Prebble is the narrator).

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

A little bit of a surprise. It probably would not have been if I was reading it myself in a shorter period of time and concentrating more on the plot than in my usual listen mode which is a companion while I drive to and from work (so it takes many days to get through a book and your attention is divided).

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was okay.

Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not necessary but the PI character could be part of a multi book arc if you chose to do so. However, there does not really seem to be a compelling need for a follow up to explain unexplained loose ends.

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Never a Harry Potter fan, but this.....

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

I have to think so. The narrator was brilliant.

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

Great characters, story moved along, kept you guessing.

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

He may be the best narrator I've heard. Made all the characters come to life.

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Really enjoyed it, even tho I dislike crime novels

I generally don't care for crime novels -- just not my thing. But, as a Harry Potter junkie (and despite the dismal disappointment of J.K. Rowling's last book, The Casual Vacancy), I finally decided I had to give this one a try. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, and especially to those who like crime novels. If I didn't know it was J.K. Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith I never would have guessed that she wrote this, and in fact probably would not have even guessed that it was written by a woman. Granted, this is no Harry Potter -- even though it was a great mystery and I didn't guess the end -- because it wasn't as completely original as that untouchable series. But judging the book on its own merits, as is only fair, I would give it a solid 4 stars.

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Entertaining but a bit talky

I thought I would give JK Rowling a try in a different genre. Overall, I'm glad I did. The book has interesting characters and I found myself caring for them and wondering what was going to happen next. Our main protagonist gathers his information by interviewing a host of people. By the end he is able to sort through misdirections and lies, but the process of paying close attention to interview after interview strained my attention especially when driving. I'll give book two a try.

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Entertaining story

This was entertaining though not a gripping story. I really liked the characters but the mystery was not that engaging.

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best narration i've heard yet

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

I almost didn't buy this because the sample narration seemed a bit droll. I'm very picky about who's reading the book and it just didn't appeal to me. I am so glad I changed my mind! Not only were the characters engaging and the story interesting and suspenseful but this narrator nailed it! I have never read any of the Harry Potter books so I can't compare her writing to that but I hope and pray that she continues this series!!!

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Yessss

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

It ranks at the top. Robert Glenister slips from character to character flawlessly. I hope no one else ever narrates because I now know Cormoran's voice.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. I love a story where I can't guess the outcome. Great Mystery.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cormoran revealing to the killer how he knows what he didn and why.

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

Who put the Sleeping Beauty to Sleep?

Any additional comments?

I was skeptical at first. I didn't get into the Potter series and didn't see how Rowling could switch over into mystery writing, but of course she did so flawlessly and I can't wait to read the third Strike book.

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Narration makes this listen

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

The narration was the best part of this novel. Worth a listen for the performance alone. Luckily, the story is a good one, too, entertaining and fast paced. I listened to this one in record time and didn't want it to end.

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Great New Series

Any additional comments?

I can't say enough about this series, I am on Book 2, SIlkworm, and I cant wait for the next one to be released!

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I took a chance on this book and I enjoyed it!

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

I liked all the different characters and story line and how it kept you guessing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

I think towards the end of the book when it all came together. I could picture the different characters and imagine the different scenes.

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

This is the first time I've purchased an audiobook with Robert Glenister as the narrator. I really liked his voice.

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

I can't think of any particular moment. I just know that I couldn't put the book down because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.