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Career of Evil Audiobook

Career of Evil

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2016 Audie Mystery Award

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them....

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to switch this audiobook off.

©2015 J. K. Rowling (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence... A pleasure to read." (The Times on The Silkworm)

"Huge credit is due to Galbraith in portraying [Strike] so vividly.... Galbraith has pulled off a thoroughly enjoyable classic and I'm already looking forward to Strike's next outing." (Peter James, Sunday Express on The Silkworm)

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

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

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    sarah 15/12/2015
    sarah 15/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant"

    jk please spend the next 6 months writing 10 Robert Galbraith books, so I can read them all while I'm waiting for you to write 10 more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    V NZ 24/10/2015
    V NZ 24/10/2015 Member Since 2016

    Books, books, books...

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    "My favourite Cormoran Strike novel thus far"

    I zoomed through this book. Wonderful narration as usual. Perfectly fitting the character and tone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09/11/2015
    Michelle 09/11/2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    I was really looking forward to this release and it didn't disappoint. The characters are wonderful, the plot is interesting and Robert Glenister's narration is just outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rhys 06/06/2016
    rhys 06/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Read It!!!"

    I wish I could thank JK in person, for such a wonderful piece of writing, or listening in my case, I could not recommend this series highly enough.

    I hope that this is not the last in the series (fingers crossed )

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Swetha 24/12/2015
    Swetha 24/12/2015
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    "Just WOW!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

    I think they were both great. I actually bought the book to read after listening to it- if that doesn't tell you how great the story was then.....


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book, highly recommend it and all of the other novels- cuckoo calling and silkworm...Robert Galbraith please make another book fast!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 13/12/2015
    Phillip 13/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader. Drawn to the endless varieties of human experience - fiction or other, but truth is more often stranger than fiction!

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    "Cormoran Strike! ...a superb creation"

    All three of Galbraith's 'Strike' novels are highly listenable...exciting and with very well developed main characters. Glenister's audio performance is quite outstanding. 'Career of Evil' is surely about evil... well told and full of momentum. I truely hope JK continues with this series and Glenister stays on board. My eyes are peeled looking for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 11/12/2015
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 11/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent read but a confusion of villains"

    I was lured to this third Cormoran Strike novel by a continued interest in the two main characters. The plot is a little fragmented and the villains not that interesting, and the developing relationship between the main characters has taken on an air of stereotype.

    However, it is still, overall, worth the read and I will try the next in the series... if such appears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Myron Speed 23/11/2015
    Myron Speed 23/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging story well performed."

    Excellent story with a fantastic performance. Loved hearing parts of the story through the eyes of a misogynist serial killer; definitely added to the creepiness of the perpetrators crimes.

    Cormoran and Robyn continue to be engaging and fascinating characters who I've enjoyed learning about over these three books.

    Can't wait for the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 20/11/2015
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 20/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fantastic read...can't wait for the next."

    Loved it. I'd you liked the others you'll like this too. Excellent narration as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary-Alice 09/11/2015
    Mary-Alice 09/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Another great book in this series! The story was enthralling, and was enhanced by the narrator's variety of voices/accents for the dialogue!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Glenn
    30/10/15
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    "Good but far from the 2 first boks."

    It is a good book, unnerving and lots of suspense but I found the relationship between Robin and Strike exagerated a little silly. I really dont understand why they workshop to getter anymore. I also was not very keen on the "ripper" story. To much gore and hate for my taste and the theme is "old".

    Great job by the narrator. ..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suramericana
    GILBERT, AZ, United States
    1/09/16
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    "Well write book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is excellent. The only problem is after you read the books of Robert Galbraith, you do not be satisfy with many writers. This writer bring you since the first page inside the book. The characters are very well develop, the stories are good and the style of writers are the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice for the kind of books of Galbraith.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes I laugh. I just listen careful I did not want to lose any part of the book. This serie is the kind of books I will listen several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the series will continue, and I will listen to each of one of this writer book.
    I did not like Harry Potter books. I do not like fiction books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar
    Dubai
    17/08/16
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    "Brilliant & Brutal !!"

    Can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that j.k Rowling wrote such fantastic yet dark storyline!! Must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bhardwaj
    22/06/16
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    "Good but not the best"

    A 3.5 stars for the book. It was good as expected but a little stretched to an extent that somewhere in the middle I started losing interest. I did not feel disinterested anywhere with first two books of the series. In the end 'The Silkworm' still remains my favourite of the Cormoran Strike series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marius
    8/02/16
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    "Fantastic read"

    a Brilliant novel by a brilliant artist - pure pleasure from start to finish. I loved every bit of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eileen
    3/02/16
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    "crimefan"
    If you could sum up Career of Evil in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing believable and entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all characters are realistic and interesting


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

    no i enjoy a daily treat of listening to a very good book


    Any additional comments?

    the reader is a well known and excellent actor whose skill enhanced an enjoyable listening experience

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Tuam, Ireland
    22/01/16
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    "Good Villan Guessing"
    What did you love best about Career of Evil?

    I really liked the whole "Who done it?" aspect of the book. The three villans suspects were well fleshed out through Strike's flashbacks. They each had reasons to be the main suspect.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot got better as the book went on. I started lisening slowly, and then for the second half of the book, I was listening to it in my car and while making dinner, to find out what was going on.


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

    I have a real soft spot for Shanker. I really liked how his voice was virtually unreckonisable from the other characters.


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

    The second half of the book was better than the first half.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next book, there's still some unanswered questions about the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marble
    11/12/15
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    "This did not disappoint!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was as good as Robert Galbraith's other two books of this series if not better, had you guessing all the time, can't wait for another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bronwyn
    Bloubergstrand, South Africa
    7/12/15
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    "Cormorand and Robin at their best!"

    Another brilliant crime thriller featuring Cormorand Strike and his "partner" Robin.

    From the moment a woman's leg arrived at the Private Investigator's office, addressed to his Girl Friday and partner, Robin, the story was on!

    I'm a fan of Robert Galbraith and this novel built on the previous ones also featuring Cormorand and Robin. It is an interesting tale of two strong characters solving crimes, in spite of personal and financial constraints.

    This story introduces a new character, Shanker. I really enjoyed this new, colourful character and the role he plays in assisting the two primary protagonists.

    The villain is evil to the core, has motives that run deeper than simple pleasures or malice - that make him unpredictable and interesting.

    It is a long book, but my attention was hooked from start to finish and I didn't want it to end. I'm looking forward to their next adventure.

    Robert Glenister is a master narrator! His accents and voices are brilliant! I really enjoyed his style and will listen to more books that are narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Nedlands, Australia
    27/10/15
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    "Gripping tale"

    I began reading this series simply because I like Robert Glenister's voice, but I am hooked.
    The story lines are fast paced and well crafted, and the reading by Glenister is sensational.

    Anyone who enjoys a thriller will love this, but if some naughty words concern you this may not be the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Bernadette
    22/10/15
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    "Another gripping story."

    I enjoyed everything about this story from beginning to end. Everything knitted together like an Arran sweater.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Esther
    24/10/15
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    "Worth the wait!!!"

    Couldn't put it down but I had to sleep. Can't wait for the next book will she wont she? Oh and I have grown a fan of Blue Oyster Cult. Thank you

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    leicester, United Kingdom
    25/10/15
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    "Another stunner!"

    Another brilliant adventure for Strike and Robin. The characterisation just gets more interesting and intriguing as we learn a little more about their past lives!
    Please hurry and write the next!!!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    York, United Kingdom
    17/11/15
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    "Great listen"

    I have read all three of Robert Galbraith's novels and I have enjoyed this one the best. The book keeps you gripped.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlott
    Halmstad, Sweden
    26/10/15
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    "I loved it"

    I could not stop reading it. This is one of my favorite books.

    I can't wait for the next one:)

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • susan harper
    25/10/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Have so enjoyed listening to the 3 Cormoran Strike novels.....cannot wait for the next ...
    I would recommend them to anyone, the characters have become like friends.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    25/10/15
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    "Galbraith/Rowling's best so far"
    Any additional comments?

    I found it intriguing and intensifying listening to this book and watching the story unfold written by one of the master storytellers of my generation. It is thrilling to watch Rowling's work in adult storytelling evolve. For instance, this book is a lot more revealing and a tad more gory than her previous novels - it pulls no punches.

    Cormoran Strike is at his finest in yet another gripping edition to the entertaining detective series, full of action and suspense with more twists than a formula one racing track. Rowling is evolving (this is only her 3th adult novel) and as I mentioned previously this book; parallel to her career, just keeps getting better and better.

    I love Strike, I love his assistant and I loved the storyline. This is definitely Strike at his most vulnerable and the most he's been in danger so far. It will be hard to top this.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    9/02/16
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    "Literary Brilliance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know. Why do Audible use this question, when it is highly unlikely that the reviewer would have read and listened to the same book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    'Strike'. I've listened to the three Cormoran Strike books consecutively and his character just grows on you, his humour, his irrational temper and with each book you pick apart the hidden aspects of his past piece by piece.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, quite a few. He is without doubt the very best narrator on the market. He is so gifted that he gives life and depth to each of his characters, regardless of gender and age


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Strike.......


    Any additional comments?

    I am a tad embarrassed to say that I had no idea that the writer Robert Galbraith is pseudonym for JK Rowling. And in many ways I'm glad that I was so blissfully unaware. I enjoyed the books for what they are, cracking detective thrillers. My conclusion is that JK is one hell of a writer and I'm equally pleased that the BBC have picked up the first two-books. Phillip Glenister please as Cormoran Strike.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsty
    Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    19/11/15
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    "Masterful"

    Stunning story well told and written. Completely captivated by the unraveling story. Brilliant, thrilling and full of humour!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    United Kingdom
    26/10/15
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    "Great story brilliantly read!"

    Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) is an exceptionally gifted story teller and must be a dream to read for particularly for someone as talented as Robert Glenister. Between them the characters are rendered totally believable and the story (though rather ghoulish) completely absorbing.

    Pity there won't be another one out for a while as I'm keen to hear what happens next to Strike and Robin.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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