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Troubled Blood

A Cormoran Strike Novel, Book 5
Written by: Robert Galbraith
Narrated by: Robert Glenister
Series: Cormoran Strike, Book 5
Length: 31 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A breathtaking, labyrinthine epic, Troubled Blood is the fifth Strike and Robin novel and the most gripping and satisfying yet.

Private Detective Cormoran Strike is visiting his family in Cornwall when he is approached by a woman asking for help finding her mother, Margot Bamborough - who went missing in mysterious circumstances in 1974.

Strike has never tackled a cold case before, let alone one 40 years old. But despite the slim chance of success, he is intrigued and takes it on; adding to the long list of cases that he and his partner in the agency, Robin Ellacott, are currently working on. And Robin herself is also juggling a messy divorce and unwanted male attention, as well as battling her own feelings about Strike.

As Strike and Robin investigate Margot’s disappearance, they come up against a fiendishly complex case with leads that include tarot cards, a psychopathic serial killer, and witnesses who cannot all be trusted. And they learn that even cases decades old can prove to be deadly....

©2020 Robert Galbraith (P)2020 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Compulsively readable." (People)

"Even if the world is the seedy underbelly of contemporary London and not Magical Hogwarts, cracking the cover of a Galbraith novel is like stepping through a portal. You're immersed all at once." (Bustle)

"Rowling's emotionally intelligent portrayal of her protagonists never overwhelms the whodunit story line." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Loved it!

This was a long book and you really had to pay attention but it was worth it! The perpetrator was a total surprise! 5 stars!

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Best Series Ever

This is quite literally the best series I have ever read, and the characters are the most engaging and real to me that I have ever read. I can't praise this book enough, but definitely you'll want to read it in order of the series.
Robert Glenister masterfully brings every character to life with an array of accents and inflections, so much so that each character is distinguishable even without being identified.
The only criticism I have is that in this book, the fifth book, a secondary character's name has been changed. (I suspect that the name is just being pronounced correctly after four books of incorrect pronunciation). While I'm sure it's just a correction, it's extremely disconcerting for those of us who think of her entirely by the name used in the first four books. 😳

I would give this book a hundred stars if I could. ❤️

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Excellent Storytelling

JK Rowling ( Robert Galbraith) never fails to create a compelling story and unique characters. The plot is exciting and suspenseful, the characters are almost always entertaining, and the suspense pulls the narrative forward at a steady pace. Strike and Robin do not disappoint.
The narrator is also amazing. This is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery, one that I didn’t want to end.

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Great but..

...why the mispronounced name? For the last 4 books, the narrator pronounced Ilse's name as "IL-sa" and now he says ""eye-la". Quite jarring.

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LONG, LONG STORY

First of all, where is the end of Chapter two gone? Also, who the heck is Ila? Whoever transcribed this for the reader did not pay attention to the original text. Also, what is with all the recapping of former books? It is too much in places and really gums up the flow of the book. It really needs a good editor to help it. And the" Faerie Queene " quotes at the beginnings of the chapter? A wee bit too highbrow in relation to the story, in my opinion. Otherwise, this story goes along okay. It is more realistic than the previous four. More real life kind of murders too, if there is such a thing. But thirty one hours is a bit long for audiobook unless it was a collection of works. Robert Glenister does his usual brilliant job and his characterizations are top drawer. I definitely do recommend this book. Just hope the next is a wee bit shorter.

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  • Professor McLovin
  • 2020-09-15

Chapter 2 is not complete

So as you can guess, I just finished chapter 2. And the chapter stops abruptly. And at the most juiciest bit. So HELP!!!

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-09-16

Chapter 2

Stops abruptly in the text too. You can get a free kindle sample of the first three chapters to verify. You’re not missing anything.

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  • S. Evans
  • 2020-09-16

Good story despite narrator mistakes

I love this series and Robert Glenister, but just a heads up that throughout this entire book he has changed “Ilsa” to “Isla.” I verified that it is correct in the print version. It is quite frustrating and distracting and definitely takes a bit away from the overall listen. It definitely affected my enjoyment of the book.

Additionally, chapter 2 stops at the same point in the print book. The transition seems much more abrupt in the audio version for sure.

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  • Andrea Tholkes
  • 2020-09-17

Who the heck is Isla!?!

Did Nick divorce Ilsa to marry Isla? It's really annoying and 100% took me out of the story. Chapter 2 also cuts off abruptly. There was an incorrect name in book 3, but that was only said once. This one is throughout the entire building book. Doesn't anybody review & edit these things before releasing them?

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  • Mommy Bear
  • 2020-09-17

What happened with the narrator?

I'm not sure what happened to Robert Glenister, but he did not perform in this audio book any where close to where he did in books 1-4. The accents of the characters have changed dramatically - so much so I'm having a hard time following him at points in the story. Also, he is saying character names incorrectly. How can you have the character that has been in all 5 books suddenly have their name mispronounced? I even checked to see if there was a new narrator because of the numerous inconsistencies. The narration is taking away some of the enjoyment of listening to this book, which is my relaxation on the way to and from a very stressful job. The story is up to par with the other stories, but extremely disappointed with the performance.

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  • kathy Gennuso
  • 2020-09-16

Stops at chapter 2 abruptly 😞

Disappointing delivery. Names mispronounced and stops at chapter 2 abruptly. It picks up at the next chapter. This is a series you wait for unfortunately disappointed but not with the storyline.

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  • brian
  • 2020-09-16

Long, but worth it.

Rowling, er, Galbraith, is at the top of his game, so far. Their first cold case, and an interesting one to boot. All fine work on all fronts.

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  • Tracy Winters
  • 2020-09-18

Great Listen w Some Issues

Love my Robin & Strike time so enjoyed how long the book is, especially if this is the last in the series. (Hopefully not, but the relationship part of the story does have a wrapping up and tying off of loose ends feel to it similar to the last bits of Harry Potter.) Now that I binged through, I will listen again at a leisurely pace. Maybe I missed the resolution of a couple contradicting pieces of info and will catch it the 2d time around.

Experienced same issues as others regarding change in character name and accents/voices. Would not want anyone other than Glenister to read these books bc he is definitely the voice of Strike now, but it was like he may have been too rushed to truly reacquaint himself with the world of Strike and past performances to settle in for this performance. With the name change you get the feeling a typo ridden, word processed w spell check auto corrected (incorrectly so) version of the book may have been provided to Glenister and with a rush to finish did not catch errors until far along.

Smells of a rush to fulfill tight deadline that probably should have been pushed out to allow time for a seamless performance similar to the previous ones.

One last thing. The closing credits mentions a free PDF that is supposed to come with purchase of audio version of book. I cannot find it through Audible, and I cannot access it on the link referenced in the credits bc there is not a place to type in the required and provided password.

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  • Lynn
  • 2020-09-17

Superb Novel With Endless Puzzles - A Feast

I've been longing for this book from before I even finished listening to the previous book in the series. How wonderful to finally have it. I give it five stars for three reasons. Number one: the plot and writing are first rate, as is the narrator. Number two: The two main characters emerge even more richly realized and electric than in the previous books. Number three: I'm a former English major and I appreciated the fun that the author had building into the book medieval motifs, Elizabethan character names, mythological plot elements, astrology, chapter headers from The Fairie Queene, London history and places, Elizabethan poetry (Spencer's Fairie Queene), masques, herbal-ism, contemporary mythology, Greek and Roman mythology, the Crusades, the cycles of conception, birth, death, the Underworld, the afterlife, regeneration and more. Don't let the third reason put you off if you're not an English and/or mythology geek. Reasons one and two make this a more exciting, gripping, and satisfying mystery thriller than almost any other published and recorded this year.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2020-09-17

very detailed

I think if another author wrote a 32 hour book, I couldn’t have handled it and would have asked for editing. But Galbraith makes it work.
In the year plus of this story, Strike and Robin both have outstanding issues with their exes while working on various cases, headlined by a 40 year old missing persons case.
It’s the exposition of the various individuals’ morass of lies, omissions and outright cowardice that drags you in and under, but Galbraith brings you through to the end.
The only weak point to me was the “a-hah!” moments for Strike and Robin.
The only annoying thing to me were the extended quotes from The Fairy Queen at the beginning of each chapter. I wonder if it would have felt more seamless to use lyrics from Court and Spark. And yes, I still love my copy as vinyl was replaced by CD, then digital.
Glenister does a very good job of narration.

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