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The Silkworm Audiobook

The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises.

The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before....

A compulsively listenable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

Please note: This audiobook contains explicit language

©2014 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“A damn good read … It’s a book to gulp down, and although Rowling may now be a bona fide Olympic-opening-ceremony-level celeb, the skill with which this book is written tells you as much as its subject-matter does that writing is the core of her life. 5 stars.” (Telegraph)
“A pacey detective story… a tightly stitched updating of the classic tale of the dishevelled but brilliant private dick, smattered with references to 19th-century French literature and pre-Levenson sleuthing tactics, alongside well-realised characters... moreish” (Independent)
“‘Strike felt a sudden weariness wash over him. What was this mania to appear in print?’ But no such question arises about JK Rowling’s second career as a crime writer. She’s really hitting her stride here.” (Evening Standard)
“‘Writing as Robert Galbraith has been a pure joy,’ Rowling has said. So has reading him…. The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us.” (USA Today)
“Astutely observed, well-paced and full of Rowling's trademark acerbic wit, The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel. But it might be even more enjoyable to read between the lines in search of what Rowling has to say about fame, publishing, and the modern writer's life.” (People)
“Why is ‘likable’ the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling’s palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author’s dreams.” (Washington Post)
“Rowling’s fans will find the novel - which isn’t in stores until next Thursday - worth the wait.” (Daily News)
The Silkworm is a deeply satisfying work of crime fiction, more complex and darker than its predecessor. Yet Rowling has a lot of fun, too, especially in her knowing depiction of the incestuous worlds of publishing and the media. She also brings London to life in all its grimy glamour” (The Australian)

"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years." (Mark Billingham on The Cuckoo's Calling)

"Just once in a while a private detective emerges who captures the public imagination in a flash. And here is one who might well do that... An auspicious debut." (Daily Mail on The Cuckoo's Calling)

"The novel is the work of a master storyteller." (Daily Telegraph on The Cuckoo's Calling)

"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)

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    "The second in this series did not disappoint"

    Book One, The Cuckoo’s Calling, deftly, convincingly, introduced detective Cormoran Strike and his offsider, Robin (of course). The Silkworm smoothly continues this narrative and with a new ‘case’, though referring to, and building on, the previous one.

    This time, the contrast between Robin’s unwavering decency, echoed ponderously by her tedious fiancée, and Cormoran’s life-induced cynicism and capacity for the self sacrificing pursuit of social and legal justice, is further underlined by characters who take these two to the seamy, low life, indecent under-belly of society.

    This side of life got to be bit much for me! I’m not a fragile flower: I was just edging on the bored because involving the reader in vile humans can edge towards the gratuitous – and Galbraith was coming pretty close to that line, much closer, I suggest, than in Book One.

    But nothing would deter me from following the lives of these two detectives, who were more interesting.

    The book was structured with the skill of a consummate and successful author (AKA Rowling).

    The reader, Robert Glenister, complemented the material flawlessly: his acting was superb.

    Bring on the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 06-27-14
    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 06-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    The mystery is very well developed with unexpected twists. The setting in a writers and publishers milieu was very interesting. I love the flowing style of writing and the oftentimes moving emotions of the protagonist. Will he ever learn to deal with the damage done to him by his freakish ex and the in his mind, reoccurring scene were the IED explodes?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Cormoran Strike handles his cases and him being a veteran. The development of his assistant Robin also adds to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The surprising ending and disclosure of the murder.


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

    I wanted to but couldn't since it was a 17.16 hrs listen.


    Any additional comments?

    When can I read #3 ?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 06-26-14
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 06-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Pretty much perfect"

    Rowling is at the top of her game, and reintroduces us to some already well-established characters and adds more to them as we go. She's a natural storyteller, plain and simple, and she does so with smooth and seemingly effortless skill.

    The narrator is absolutely flawless. His characters never jar, he never over-eggs his narration and always gives them detail and definition without 'acting' them out.

    The 'whodunnit' story is set in the world of publishing and you know Rowling is an expert witness in telling us what it's like there.

    Thoroughly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonja Chalmers Alice Springs, Australia 08-16-14
    Sonja Chalmers Alice Springs, Australia 08-16-14
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    "Brilliant mystery crime"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    The quirky and kindly relationship between the detective hero Strike and his ambitious assistant Robin.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intriguing characters and fascinating plot.


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

    Robert Glenister's intellect and forensic knowledge of the great classics and mythology is evident throughout


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

    Jealousy, greed and revenge in literary London


    Any additional comments?

    Strike is my hero for his extraordinary morality and immense bravery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    De Plume 11-05-16
    De Plume 11-05-16
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    "Just as good the second time"

    I didn't love the first or second Galbraith books, but The Silkworm is pure brilliance. The performance is equally spectacular.

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    P Leeds, United Kingdom 07-23-15
    P Leeds, United Kingdom 07-23-15
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    "Well worth it"

    Good audiobook, a worthy follow up to the Cuckoo. Can't wait for the next one.

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    sally j landers 07-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Books books books"

    Next please , highly entertaining. Glenister is perfect and my son knows to leave me alone if the Strike stories are in progress . Dinner just arrives later !

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    Margaret Wheater 07-09-15
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    "Compelling reading!"

    Excellent narrative - intriguing plot, well read and compelling. Highly recommended. Great plot and lots of suspense. Fantastic author as always.

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    Jessie E Taylor 07-09-15
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    "An absolute favourite."

    My goodness I love this book. I reckon this was my 5th listen! A friend of mine has done it over a dozen times!
    So engaging, such a subtle and intricate development of the narrative. Such great characters and wonderful narration.
    Highly recommended, along with its predecessor.

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    Susan Berlin, Germany 05-08-15
    Susan Berlin, Germany 05-08-15 Member Since 2002
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    "A good read made perfect by an outstanding narrato"

    Robert Glenister is an outstanding narrator who is able to give each character a distinctive voice. If someone is chuckling, you hear it, if someone is drunk, you hear it, too. Have him read more books, please -- and definitely any future Cormoran Strike novels.

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  • Andy
    1/31/16
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    "Galbraith and Glenister master storey tellers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    Fast moving plot, loveable characters (Strike and Robyn). Superb narration that one comes to expect from Robert Glenister


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

    The road trip to Devon, the garden scene at the close, the interview with Kath and Pippa.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    All of it. The best narrator on Audible.


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

    It's not really a book about being 'moved', but I did feel for Strike has his immobility was torturous on occasions in the wintery backdrop which was superbly covered in the text


    Any additional comments?

    Downloading Book 3 has I write

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Hester
    7/27/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Good sequel to the first Strike thriller and can't wait for the next one. JK Rowling need not have written under a pseudonym. Great who dun it with excellent main characters.

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  • Jim Pike
    2/8/15
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    "A worthy second episode"

    Bought this immediately after reading book 1. Again superbly narrated with the odd slip up, some seriously credible swearing and plausible development of the protagonists for the most part. The author takes the opportunity to air her obvious dislike of the press and, it seems, the more literary end of the publishing spectrum and weaves in a disturbing clutch of characters who are uniformly unsympathetic, indeed unpleasant. Ironically, given much of the focus of the story, it could have done with some sharp editing. As with the first book, the narrative does carry you along and it's not difficult to become immersed in the plot (again not the tightest) which although a bit creaky is plausible even if it could have been handled better.
    I did enjoy it and will listen again soon. Am looking forward to the next installment

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BettyG
    10/24/17
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    "Another fantastic book."

    Another fantastic book can't wait to listen to next one. Even though I have seen the television adaptation of this, it is so much more to it.

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  • p.c.
    10/23/17
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    "great read"

    A strong story well woven and very well read, gripping to the very last word.

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  • Cazbean
    10/15/17
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    "fully enjoy this book series"

    narrator is brilliant and just love the storyline. I have listened to all three books and I am yet to be dissapointed. they are all brilliant. my favorite crime thriller series I have listened to so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Emily J. Keal
    Leicester, UK
    10/12/17
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    "Stick with it "

    You have to stick with it this is better then the first book I enjoyed it but in some parts you had to stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RobC.
    10/11/17
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    "The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2 (Unabridged)"

    A truly brilliant detective novel with the added enjoyment of the interaction of the lead character and his "assistant" being an addictive story in its self. More detailed than the recent tv film - I would recommend reading the book if you've also seen the film. Compulsive and addictive reading with the best ending that's worth waiting for. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • OZNZRAFT
    9/25/17
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    "Fantastic"

    Could not put it down,can't wait to read the next.Narrated fitted the script !!! 10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Stevens
    9/22/17
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    "Can't wait to start book three!"

    Absolutely love these J K Rowling stories, and the narration is perfect. More more more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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