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The Cuckoo's Calling

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By:

Narrated By: Robert Glenister

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: April 2013

Duration: 15 hours 57 minutes


A brilliant debut 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, thelegendary 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.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


  • Liz Nilsen

    A fantastic book! Wonderfully well written and has a gripping story. I am hoping it is the first of a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Nadine Colquitt

    Story starts slow but builds after a couple of chapters. This is an excellent story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Dally S

    I was interested in the plot that the summary described and tried to not listen to what the reviewers had stated that this book was long. I felt like my own little private investigator!! Constantly trying to figure out the mystery with the detective! Piecing all the information and looking at each different characters personalities and their perception of other listed characters was very interesting. I highly recommend this book! The narrator also does a great job depicting the characters.

  • Heather W

    I absolutely love this book. It keeps you guessing all the way through to the end, and the characters are so well written.

  • Babbie Jaco

    The narration was excellent but the storyline was slow. I felt bored throughout most of the book and contemplated putting it aside several times.

  • Lynn Jurenka

    We liked the storyline but felt it was very long and drug out. The narrator did a fantastic job.

  • Gabrielle Lyons

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was fabulous, easy to listen to, great dictation, tone, over all great story teller. The book itself is now one of my favorites. I've been recommending it to anyone that's into readying. It has great twists and turns, and keeps you guessing the entire time, also great foreshadowing. I really loved it. I tore through this series and hope there is more to come!

  • Michelle Joyner

    I loved the narrator and the story. It never got boring and had great rhythm to the story. I hope there are more.

  • Rebecca Brock

    Very good story and well written. The main character could carry a series of stories.

  • Soraya Assis

    Slow in the beginning but builds up into an easy and addictive read. Narrator quickly became quite enjoyable.