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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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  • C
  • newport beach, CA, United States
  • 01-17-14

boring

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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  • Mari
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States
  • 01-15-14

Mystery thriller

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

Not the most unpredictable book, but still keeps you guessing. It leads you into London and the lives of the rich and famous through the eyes of the detective. It will keep you entertained.

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  • Debbie
  • Norcross, GA United States
  • 01-14-14

Slow Paced, Rowling Takes Her Time

If you like fast paced books, this one is NOT for you. Rowling really takes her time in developing her characters but she does such an excellent job of it that by the end of the book you feel you know them very well. She has developed the characters so thoroughly that a sequel is inevitable. The book moves along with just a little bit of information conveyed in each chapter to help you solve the crime, but it's not till the last chapter that it all comes together.

Well narrated and interesting book.

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  • Sinton
  • Altadena, CA, United States
  • 01-12-14

A 'new' detective with new assistant

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

Can't put down

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

the characters

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

this is the first and hopefully many more to come

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

loved it!

Any additional comments?

I read it twice. The reader is great, which makes it all the more fascinating - I love mysteries but this introduces a very special detective when's the film?

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  • jackie
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 01-12-14

Would make a good series

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

Yes. I liked the characters and the plot.

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

The whole book was good.

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Very good!

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

Neither. Just right.

Any additional comments?

Just that I wish it were an on going series.

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Reminds you of sad life of Amy Winehouse

I like crime novels that keep you guessing. In this book from Robert Galbraith (Aka JK Rowling) is a great novel set in London. Like many other books of this genre, the main character, Cormoran Strike, is down on his luck and about to lose everything but makes a comeback with some brilliant detective work. Although the suicide or murder victim is a supermodel, the story really reminds you of the sad life of the singer Amy Winehouse. Hounded by the paparazzi, depression, drugs, alcohol and finally death at a young age. I would not be surprised if the author did not use the real life tragedy for the seed of this novel. I hope that the author continues the series since the characters are interesting and the narration great. Great find on Audible

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Terrific..easily devourable.

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

Mr. Glenister is the perfect reader for this book. If this becomes a series, which it has all the makings of becoming, I hope the reader remains the same. It's a home run combination. The perfect description of and attention to minor details is exquisite. The character development is perfectly paced. The sense of humor just wry enough to real, In short, there was nothing I didn't love about the writing, the reading and the story.

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

Yes.... each well crafted sentence carried the real possibility of adding another clue or nuance to the mystery.

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

Cormoran Strike....masterful. I hope we see more of him. Robin, of course, also remains ripe as a character for development in future stories. Lots of potetial here for more.

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

Not really but there were many many well turned phrases and passages that were just so rich and delicious....I wanted more.

Any additional comments?

Keep it up. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • debbie
  • Acworth, GA, United States
  • 01-08-14

It was a little slow.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not sure what I would change, but just was not that interesting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Galbraith again?

Not sure....I bought it because I heard JK Rowling was actually the author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did a fine job.

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

The main character and his secretary could be in another book, but the story needs to have a little more excitement.

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Potential for a Great Series

I never read anything else by J.K. Rowling, but I have read a lot of mysteries over many years. This has the potential to be a fantastic series. Strike, the protagonist, has the hard-boiled detective cliches that make him immediately familiar to readers of the genre, but with enough twists to make him new and interesting. His assistant, Robin, is unlike any other sidekick that I am familiar. I hope to watch her character grow in future stories. Both characters are developed nicely during the course of the book, but there is plenty of room for them and their relationship to grow in future novels.

The narrative is penned in the classic mystery style; more of a 'who dunnit' than an action adventure story. There is relatively little direct action, but the reader is kept engaged throughout by well-paced reveals of evidence and information. Both the major and minor characters are sufficiently developed to make them convincing.

The narration was as close to flawless as any I have ever heard. It was so well done as to become nearly unnoticed.

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Great fun , wonderfully narrated

I was given this audio book as a gift for Christmas and I loved it. I appreciated the light touch of the author, the interesting character portrayals, and the fun of a good mystery. I heard that "Robert Galbraith" would be writing a series, and I can't wait for the next installment. Strike and Robin need to go on to another adventure.... please!

The narrator was wonderful. Mr. Glenister is going to be up there with my favorites from now on.