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Publisher's Summary

The latest installment in the highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling Strike series finds Cormoran and Robin ensnared in another winding, wicked case.

When frantic, disheveled 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 cocreator 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 Robert Galbraith (P)2022 Mulholland Books

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Great so far, but grab a physical book…

The book is great so far (a few hours in) and I’m a big fan of the series…. but heads up: you are going to want a hard copy. I had to run to B&N and get one. Entire chapters are chat room dialog, tweets, etc. Think printed side-by-side columns of messages between 8+ people. It’s important to see the chats side by side, so that you can understand in ‘real time’ as simultaneous conversations unfold. Trying to follow 8+ people messaging each other in private or group chats, how many twitter likes a comments get, etc. etc. … there is just no way to translate this effectively into an audiobook. My plan is to listen, but grab the book whenever the chapter is digital dialog. I repeat- liking the book, a lot!- just can’t listen without a physical book to refer to from time to time. Narrator is doing the best he can, no fault to him.

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Painful listen

I was so excited to see another book in this series but, this book is painful to listen to. The reading of shorthand online messages and hashtags made me want to scream. It's nothing I could have imagined this book would be.

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The chat room discussions are SO annoying. I waited with baited breath for this book and so disappointed.

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Get a hard copy

The narrator is great and this is not his fault, but…
Listening to these chat room and twitter conversations being read aloud is painful. Saying @ username and hashtag everything repeatedly is annoying for the listener. Not a bad book or bad narration, just doesn’t translate to audio well.

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Probably should have actually read not listened……

I love this series and was excited for the newest release. In my opinion it does not translate well to audio, not the performers fault. The endless online and text conversations were as others have said painful! If I weren’t so fond of the characters I’d have quit early on, but I’m committed to hearing it to the end……

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Performance of chats good

I disagree with other reviewers about the reading of the online material - to me, it brings the chats to life and I don't need to see the printed material. I'm just part way through, but really enjoying so far.

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I love it

I have read all the reviews about the online chat dialogue ... I do understand the criticism, but think the chat is well done and it's contemporary isn't it? It's the world we live in now. In so much of the recently published novels, the fact of our collective online presence is usually just skimmed over. Authors write as if people are barely online at all. They give characters cell phones and email but they basically carry on like it's 1990. So, I think JKR has been really innovative to give this "new" form of evidence and plot development.

Since this is an audio book, Mr. Glenister having to read the names of each participant in the chat seems initially repetitive but it's like so much about audio book listening, like an accent or a voice, you get used to it.

And then ... there is Strike and Robin and the newer Pat (who I love) and it's all there and there is the pitch perfect reading by Mr. Glenister. You slip into the world of Cormoran and Robin.

I am aware of the online battle JKR is bravely engaging in. She can't possibly completely separate the very public cruelty she is experiencing from her writing... write what you know, correct? And novels may be made up, but you draw from your experience to guide the people, places and things in your narrative.

Loved this one. Makes me re-listen it's predecessors. Love Robert Galbraith. Love Strike. Love Robin. Love this series.

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Love the series…

This is a good storyline and I love the series overall, but I find the online community back and forth part of the conversations distracting and annoying to hear read to you.

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Think Kindle!

All the concern about the chat messaging in The Ink Black Heart is justified, especially if you are of an age where you need Wictionary to learn the abbreviations. However, this is Strike & Ellicot so we press on! Amazon finally got me to buy the Kindle version along with the audio. I never thought I'd need closed captioning for my audio books, but here we are. Good luck to all.
P.S. Now that I have the Kindle I learned how to spell "Ellacott".

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Probably best to read, not listen

I’m about 4 hours in and thinking about returning the audiobook and buying a hard copy. I just can’t follow the texts from the chat rooms, and I feel like they are pretty significant to the plot. If the publisher would provide transcripts of just the chats, then I’d prefer to listen, but I couldn’t find anything like that online.

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