• The Ink Black Heart

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 6
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 32 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When frantic, dishevelled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn't know quite what to make of the situation. The co-creator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie's true identity.

Robin decides that the agency can't help with this—and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart.

Robin and her business partner Cormoran Strike become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie's true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits—and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways...

A gripping, fiendishly clever mystery, The Ink Black Heart is a true tour-de-force.

©2022 J.K. Rowling (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Annoying

The poor narrator! Such annoying prose…. Torture. Repeated name tags on and on and on… truly irritating… disappointed

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Unacceptable audio editing

I am only a couple of hours into this book and the only thing I can say for sure is that the audio editing is amateur at best. It’s so bad that one part of a sentence hurts my ears and another one is barely Audible. There is no middle ground here. Put the volume high using headphones and you risk hearing loss, leave it as usual and you miss parts of a sentence.
Robert Glenister is fabulous as usual though.

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Not suitable as an audiobook

Great story well narrated but the endless twitter feeds and moderator channel chats were tedious and hard to follow on audio.

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It's complicated

I loved the story and the narration but the long quotes from Twitter feeds and moderator channels make the flow of the book and story awkward. This book is not suitable to be narrated in my humble opinion. Apart from that, great book Very good and fast paced when the main characters are in focus (and not the Twitter feeds).

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Twitter trauma

Robin and Strike parts are as solid as ever. However - huge parts of the book are filled with soulless, superfluous, and plain horrible Twitter gibberish. Why? Personal trauma? Lack of inspiration? Pitty.

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Not my cuppa

Got lost 😞 n translation
Too many game references for me as an older listener.
Loved previous Cormack Strikes but not this one.

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captivating and excellent writing

another great book by j.k .
I have waited a long time for this book.
will wait for the next .
not as easy to follow as a regular book but it was expertly done.
Robert g reading is just phenomenal.

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Cyberbullying mystery

Great story, very nuanced and entertaining, It's wonderful to revisit the world of Strike and Ellacott.

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Excellent as always

I'm a few hours in and from the start I find it riveting, engaging, interesting... and exceedingly difficult to not finish it in one go.
Can't wait for the next in the series. And the next. And the next. It just gets better and better~

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Not my favourite but still compelling

I'm not a great fan of hashtag writing - lots and lots of text given over to chats, emails etc. Even in the hands of a master it can get very tedious. But otherwise, lots to love about the Cormoran and Robyn plotline - their agency, their dysfunctional lives, their detecting instincts, their relationship (GET ON WITH IT). And the book does shine an important light on the ramifications for young women who have an online presence or put their heads above the parapet. The narrator, Robert Glenister is a very fine actor and does a cracking job here.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 08-30-22

SO disappointing plus update

I've had this book in my pre orders for ages, and was SO looking forward to it. I have listened to a quarter of the book today, and it is just annoying. There is an overwhelming amount of Twitter and YouTube conversations read out, maybe I am too old for this idea, I find badly written texts and conversations such as these so difficult to follow. I will try to read more and maybe I can get 'into' the story, but so far I am not enjoying it, and am sorely disappointed.
Well I did stick with this book until the bitter end, it didn't really improve! Maybe this is personal for me as I absolutely hate the current trend towards social media, and the pages of text read out, not making sense, continued until the end.

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  • Ms. S. Smith
  • 09-01-22

Pros and Cons

I can understand the complaints and frustrations of the other reviewers regarding the long passages of chat room dialog. It is hard to listen to and for this reason, I think that overall, this is a book that is probably better read than listened to.

On the plus side, the narration by Robert Glenister is fantastic as always. And regarding the subject matter, I think it’s an important topic and it’s good to see it addressed in this way.

Without a doubt, over the past few years we have all become aware of the dark side and toxic nature of social media platforms. Anonymity used as a shield to hide behind and lob insults and bullying at anyone whose opinion isn’t shared.

JK Rowling is a fantastic, imaginative writer, not afraid to speak her mind and the Strike series, so far, has been brilliant. I’m going to listen to the end and then I’m going to go out, buy the book and read that from start to finish.

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  • Andy Hair
  • 08-31-22

Robert Glenister Deserves a Medal

Simply for sticking in there and reading through the endless monotonous ‘game channel’ forum chats. I’m 3 hours in and I think the only way I’m going to be able to finish if it carries on in this fashion is if I get paid just like he was.
Maybe this reads better from the book but sadly it makes for a tiresome and difficult listen. I’ll give it another hour and then decide if that’s all I can take. You’ve been warned.

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  • Jane Chester
  • 08-31-22

Disappointed

I am not the first to say but the Twitter / chatroom dialogue is agony. I can't tolerate it and returned the book. I've been looking forward to this for months so I'm disappointed but it doesn't translate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-22

Love it

I am reading the book as well as listening to it and the twitter and in game conversations are a lot easier to follow when you read them. I think the plot is great and has kept me hooked from the start. Don’t want to give anything away as I’ve almost finished it but part three onwards is where it really gets going.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-22

Awful

Agree with person in front- annoying twitter instant messaging conversations that are awfully dull read out loud

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  • Simon Kincaid
  • 09-02-22

Brilliant - Stick with it!

The story is brilliant, it has the murder mystery, who dunit aspect but mixed with the relevance of today's world with the whole trolling online and keyboard warriors. it shows how toxic online culture can be to people and how these 'trolls' get off on ruining other's lives.
Yes the online dialogue can be hard to follow at first but this is how things are now in the world and I praise JK for bringing this to her novel. Plus it has the humour we all love with the Strike novels and the love woes of Strike and Robin.
Stick with it people!! Remember a lot of people young and old commit suicide or commit crimes due to online bulling or comments, this novel is keeping up with the times!

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  • Suzi
  • 08-30-22

So disappointed

Like others have said the message chat is monotonous and hard to listen too. I was looking forward to this book and have loved the series so far. Maybe easier to read than listen too? I didn’t even get half way through the book and couldn’t listen anymore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

Give this book a nudge

Mind numbingly boring with the text message conversations. Not enjoying this book at all!

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  • Chloe
  • 08-31-22

Difficult to follow

As others have said, struggling to follow the chat room messages which take up a large portion of the book so far. Have had to relisten to sections multiple times and I still feel as if I am missing key details. Very monotonous and disappointing as I was really looking forward to this book

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  • Mick
  • 09-07-22

Not so good as an audiobook

I have listened to all the Strike novels and love the characters and the stories. I am half way through this one and am struggling with it. The problem with The Ink Black Heart is that large chunks of the book consists of transcripts of tweets and blogs. To get the whole picture, you would need to go back and forth through the tweets and feeds. No problem for a physical book, but impossible with an audiobook.
Will probably not finish it.

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  • vandermere
  • 09-02-22

Really??

I was so looking forward to this book. I am 3 hrs into it and I’ve had enough. Did jk really write this ? . I really don’t know to say , just honestly totally bewildered and disappointed

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  • shabbydoo
  • 09-03-22

#great but #confusing

I was really looking forward to the release of this book but I think this is one where the paper book would be a better format. Glenister is a fantastic narrator as always, but the reading of # references, the many online addresses and multiple characters was very confusing and hard to follow. That said, the story really conveys the nastiness and anonymity of the online world as well as the total childishness and waste of time it involves.
I love the CB Strike series and this one doesn’t disappoint overall. It didn’t flow quite as well as others but I am sure another listen will fill in any gaps. I wish Murray didn’t seem so nice! #get your act together Strike and Ellacot!
Cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-22

Some really good parts. Some rather tedious parts

I loved the development of the relationship between the two main characters. The story was interesting but I found all the quoting of channel conversations and email addresses really tedious. The quotations from poetry add nothing to any book in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-22

Very Fun & Enticing Read

I loved Strikes character development and the overall plot of this book. The characters are vivid and I also love how the series is unfolding. Can’t wait to go onto the next!

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  • Pbwatts
  • 09-18-22

I lost interest

Didn’t like the plot or the continual chat room info. Obviously an important part of it but I just got bored and it was difficult to follow. Like her first two but not this one. Didn’t bother finishing it.

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  • Heather S
  • 09-03-22

Cant finish this mess

Bored to screaming point and really cant go on. Confusing, chaotic plot, dreary characters. Ugly.

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  • Jason
  • 09-12-22

Excellent but try a different medium if you can

A wonderful story, as we have come to expect from this series. Large parts of this book take the form of transcripts of online conversations which were a little annoying but that’s a problem of the medium rather than the story. Kudos to the excellent narrator who must have been driven to distraction by the repetitive nature of reading out twitter handles. I personally could do with a little less of the Ross and Rachel internal monologue but nonetheless this book and the series towers above most of the competition.

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  • Megan Dunell
  • 09-10-22

Very long winded

Took a long time to get to the point. The gaming speak was not very relatable. It took 50+ chapters for any momentum to occur. Not up to par.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

Galbraith excelled once again

It was so wonderful to be back in London & surrounds with Strike & Robin.
Galbraith & Glenister make a terrific team. I have been plugged into my earbuds for days - now, sadly it is back to reality, & waiting for the next book in the Strike series.
Bloody well done !!!

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