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Deadly Election Audiobook

Deadly Election: Falco: The New Generation (Flavia Albia, Book 3)

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Deadly Election is Book Three in the incredible Flavia Albia series by master thriller writer, Lindsey Davis, and narrated in this unabridged audiobook by actress Jane Collingwood. Investigator Flavia Albia is out to expose the person responsible for the murder of an unknown man whose body was left inside a property owned by her family. Danger draws ever-closer to the unsuspecting Albia. Was the body of the man left randomly? Or did someone plant it there to distract her from an even more ominous operation at work? Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel.

In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end.

The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome. But he's got concerns other than her anonymous corpse. It's election time, and with democracy for sale at Domitian's court, tension has come to a head. Faustus is acting as an agent for a "good husband and father" whose traditional family values are being called into question. Even more disreputable are his rivals, whom Faustus wants Albia to discredit.

As Albia's and Faustus' professional and personal partnership deepens, they have to accept that for others, obsession can turn sour and become a deadly strain that leads, tragically, to murder.

©2015 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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    P. F. Sheaves 19/04/2015
    P. F. Sheaves 19/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "The characters in these books are like members of"

    I loved the Falco books, and the Albia books are just as wonderful although quite different in tone. The strong stories are matched with strong characters. They are so familiar, it's like catching up with family. My only quibble is the narrator made Petro sound like a pompous old fox-hunting fool.

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    catriona 16/11/2015
    catriona 16/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Please bring back Lucy Brown"

    Since these books are written in the first person the choice of narrator is especially important. I had really got used to the previous narrator, who voiced Flavia Albia with a wry humour and played the other parts very well. While I still enjoyed the narrative, it was harder to connect with this narrator and her male voices, in particular, were unconvincing.

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    judith 31/07/2015
    judith 31/07/2015
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    "brilliant"

    I have loved all three in this series so far. I sincerely hope that there will be more to follow. I also really want to visit Rome and to try and find some of the places mentioned. the stories really bring ancient Rome to life.

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    Ron 08/04/2017
    Ron 08/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A view of Roman policital elections + a murder"

    Of course we need a murder to get the story going, but I feel this is a side line to expand the Falco world and introduce Flavia to a love interest. I preferred Lucy Brown as a narrator, although she's note perfect by any means

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    Seafr 10/03/2017
    Seafr 10/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if they were reading/ listening to the series


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Pacier


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

    No? I wasn't sure about her mail voices


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

    And they.....


    Any additional comments?

    I found this third book hard to get into. If it hadn't been part of a series I'm not sure I would have stuck with it.

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    Jonathan Bexleyheath, Kent, United Kingdom 22/08/2016
    Jonathan Bexleyheath, Kent, United Kingdom 22/08/2016 Member Since 2008
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    "Flavia Albia - Comes of Age"

    I am a great lover of the original falco novels and Christian Rodska well there was nothing wrong with the narrator in the first two books she was a bit of formal and a bit stiff in places didn't have the warmth and ironic sarcasm expect from the daughter those two incredibly well rounded characters Lucy Collingwood does an absolutely wonderful witty job- thought provoking and a little melancholy as she should be I hope they bring her back for the next books I also think the props of the stories the more domestic personal side of history I really starting to mature the constant sense of Menace from a character that seems so inconsequential the original series that of the new emperor is a masterstroke I understand why some people of complained about the portrayal of petro but given his dialogue I would have probably made that choice myself vocally I haven't read any of the previous stories all in all I think we're back in trend

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    Mary Carnegie UK 18/10/2015
    Mary Carnegie UK 18/10/2015 Member Since 2012

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    "Not yet the definitive voice of Flavia Albia"

    I may be too harsh on the narrator giving only 2 stars, because her own reading voice is pleasant enough, but her efforts to portray other characters, especially the men, are increasingly annoying. When she attempts Petro it's particularly grating. The story is interesting, both a window on Roman society under Domitian and a satire on our own political and economic life. Always good to know how Falco et al have been doing!

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    Mr. M. T. Wharfe London, UK 20/07/2015
    Mr. M. T. Wharfe London, UK 20/07/2015 Member Since 2017

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    What did you like most about Deadly Election?

    The combination of character development against the background of another fascinating exploration of an aspect of Roman life


    What did you like best about this story?

    Faustus showing a wider range of personal traits and character


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

    No


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

    I was very pleased with the end, which left me smiling and looking forward to the next instalment


    Any additional comments?

    The Falco books, and now the Albia books, provide a fountain of listening pleasure - I never get sick of listening to any of them, time after time; always appreciating the excellent story arc that has been created to accurately explore the fascinating world of ancient Rome through the medium of historical fiction.

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    Margaret 19/05/2015
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    "Enjoyable story"

    I really enjoyed the first two books and whilst this story was equally enjoyable, I found the narrator more irritating, particularly voicing Tiberius. I much preferred the narrator in the first two. Otherwise very good.

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    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 02/05/2015
    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 02/05/2015 Member Since 2015

    I'm an audible addict!

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    "Very enjoyable"

    I'm a fan of the Falco books and was pleased to discover a second generation version
    An intriguing and complex story too
    I look forward to more

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    11/12/15
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    "Lindsey Davis back on top form"

    As Falco fans, it's taken a while to bond with Flavia Albia. This is the first audio book we've listened to. Hearing Flavia's "voice " has made her real. The story was gripping and we engaged with the characters. Jane Collingwood's female voices hit the mark, but the male voices didn't really work. Petronius sounded WRONG .

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