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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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  • Steve
    Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom
    2/13/16
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    "Robert Glenister is great"

    An enjoyable yarn. I wonder how accurate Rowling 's potrayal of the publishing world is? Glenister's narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Worcester
    2/12/16
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    "Story too far fetched, great narration"

    I really enjoyed the first Cormoran Strike novel and still like the two main characters. However, this story feels too contrived - not nearly as enjoyable a listen although the narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma
    2/4/16
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    "Preffered The Cuckoos Calling"
    Any additional comments?

    Personally not as good as the first installment The Cuckoos Calling but still enjoyable. Robert Glenister is a great narrator and I would read the third installment for that reason, he really brings the story to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Esther
    Wales
    2/3/16
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    "enjoyed the characters"

    This is the second cormorant strike book I have read and I do like the characters. I really enjoyed listening to this over many nights as I got off to sleep, but it is a very complicated plot and towards the end, as it got more complex I decided I didn't care that much who had done it as I couldn't remember who half the characters were. (This is why, by and large I listen to plotless books as following a story is difficult when you keep falling asleep!) Still, it was good enough to listen to again and I might focus more next time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allison
    2/3/16
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    "Even better than the last!"
    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive... I was happy after listening to the first one to find out that there were two more books. Now though, I am sad that I only have one more to listen to...!


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

    Finding the body of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    London, United Kingdom
    2/2/16
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    "Disappointing"

    I didn't find this anywhere near as engaging as The Cuckoo's Calling. It felt rather repetititive somehow, especially in the constant references to Cormoran Strike's leg, weight, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    1/28/16
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    "Awesome, even better than the first"

    Fantastic story, expertly told. Already downloaded the third instalment: Career of Evil. A must listen for all murder mystery fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs CC Carolan
    1/23/16
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    "Great Book"

    A really good book that keeps you guessing and enthralled to the very end and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Evans
    1/17/16
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    "Strike brings a new twist to detectives."
    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    Good paced story with full characters who are their for a reason.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike and his interaction with his assistant


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

    Good voices we know who is talking


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    1/15/16
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    "awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    JKR AKA robert galbraith has a real talent.Strike and Robin are a fantastic combination and it is so difficult to work out who the guilty party are


    What other book might you compare The Silkworm to, and why?

    I like Harlen Cobden books and these are similarly enthralling


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

    Strike as you would expect


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

    All of it


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely brilliant .The only negative is that there are only 3 books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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