Friday, February 22, 2019

Audiobook Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

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.
Writing
I've seen some criticisms that I feel basically boil down to "this isn't Harry Potter" and others that I feel may have a valid point regarding length and setting issues.  It's certainly not Harry Potter, so if you go in looking for magic and whimsy, you will definitely be disappointed.  It's a crime/detective novel through and through and though it was a little bit drawn out to me in places, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery.  I loved the characterization and fell in love with Cormoran Strike and Robin, his newly found assistant.

Entertainment Value
This was a good, solid listen.  I immediately put the second book in the series on hold, which is evidence that I am taken with the characters and enjoying the storyline.  I like detective stories that don't delve too deeply into the hero's troubled past (although all good detectives have a troubled past) and that focus mainly on the story at hand.  I think The Cuckoo's Calling does well with this.  It is a bit slow to start, but once I was into the story I had a hard time putting it aside. I did see the ending coming, which was a bit of a disappointment, but I was intrigued enough into the how-dun-it that the who-dun-it was less important.

Narration
Love the narrator of this one!  I hope he sticks around for the rest of the books because I thoroughly enjoyed his reading.  He does just enough variation in voices to make them distinctive without being distracting.  I think I'll probably finish this series out on audio, just because I enjoy the reader's voice and style and I think it helps me get through slower points in the books.

**Checked this one out from my local public library's Libby app**

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