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Surely the sign of a really good book is when the last words have been spoken and listeners find themselves disappointed at having been abruptly separated from people and events that have been a real part of their lives (in this case for nearly16 hours). Well, if that is the case then this qualifies as a Really Good Book -- it ticks all the boxes.
The narrator: great voice, acted out the roles very convincingly (change of accents and voices very well done) and, best of all, didn't differentiate male and females voices through changing pitch. The writing was vivid. Elegant and succinct prose endowed each sentence an energy which created settings and personal characteristics.
While this was a crime mystery, that was only part of it. In fact, despite the urgency of the plot, for me the people became the most interesting aspect because The Cuckoo's Calling (clever title) was also the story of the lives of many individuals. Cormoran Strike, for example, is the detective, but he has his own compelling story which entwines throughout the central plot. I found myself caring about his well-being along with the decisions that Robyn will make about her life direction, and I was also repelled by, or drawn to the many other characters that moved in and out of my life through this book.
I had not read any of J K Rowling (Robert Galbraith) before but this book demonstrates what a talented writer she is and why she has been so very successful. I hope this is the beginning of a series.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I hope that JK Rowling's outing as the author of this novel doesn't discourage her from publishing any followups, because I really enjoyed it.
The style is very paced. It is a mystery that slowly unfolds, with no car chases, or mad escapes against the odds, just a pair of intelligent, observant people making steady progress towards solving a mystery.
The dialogue is engaging, and the reader (Robert Glenister) does a fantastic job with the voice characterisations. I only lost track of the characters (and there is quite a large cast) one time.
I liked how the scenes were painted in the mind's eye. You could feel the light in the room, or hear the sounds of distant children playing. It was literature written with a painter's eye.
The resolution is satisfyingly twisty, you will likely deduce some or most of the story, but probably not all of it.
A couple of minor issues:
The police characters were caricatures of ineptitude, and a little unbelievable. The quantity of swearing from some characters was a bit distracting though again, the narrator does a great job. Otherwise a very fun read, and I look forward to more in the same vein.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Well, with great timing, I had just finished this book and was telling people what an interesting story it was when we find out it's written by JK Rowling!
That aside, it is very well written and superbly read by Robert Glenister, handling the different accents with ease. The story is one that pans out quite nicely and I think you can see the ending coming but it doesn't detract from what is a very entertaining listen. The interplay between the major characters works very well for me and I am looking forward to a sequel.
47 of 47 people found this review helpful
I rarely add reviews but had to for this book! Once I started the book I was glued to my earphones completely. Brilliant 'who done it' with no lull points. The only downside is it finished and there isn't another in the series.... yet I hope!
38 of 38 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?
The characters, although all oddly named, are endearing - especially Cormoren. Its a great mystery, keeps you guessing and is told very visually. Its a very London book
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?
When the murder is being retold by all the different characters - you feel like you are the detectve
Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?
Cormoren Strike - Definetly
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I just loved listening to it and cant wait for the next book in the series to be released
Any additional comments?
Don't let the fact that it is really a JK Rowling book put you off - very different from the Harry Potter series but just as incredibly well written with a great twisty plot
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?
Loved the characters
Who was your favorite character and why?
Cormorant Strike believable
Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes it was my first
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Looking for more as I have read the two and hoping 3rd is soon
2 of 2 people found this review helpful