From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia in her fourth novel.
Life is sweet for Flavia Albia and her soon-to-be husband Faustus. But his new job as a building contractor runs into a problem: At the Garden of the Hesperides a barmaid went missing years before; now the workmen start unearthing her bones.
Albia takes on the task of finding out what happened. Five more skeletons are discovered. Despite the fact that nobody seems to know or care who died, violent attempts are made to stop her enquiries.
Soon Albia is exploring the world of Roman streetlife, where bars are brothels, workers lead brutal lives, foreigners are muscling in on the gambling syndicates, and extortion is commonplace. What's more there's little time to solve the mystery before the wedding day when Albia is expected to show Rome that her affair with Manlius is a much more than a casual fling. The gods, however, have other ideas....
©2016 Lindsey Davis (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
I'm firmly in the 'can't beat a Lindsey Davis' camp; here is another layered, twisting plot played out against an evocative, insightful landscape. Hooray for a Roman post-feminist heroine and interesting female characters!
Such a shame the narration was so flat, Sarah Feathers sounding for all the world like a bored and distracted Kirsty Allsop. It meant that I frequently tuned out and had to re-listen to big sections at a time. Audio books are immensely valuable to me as something to listen to whilst doing something else - driving, housework, etc, so the narration as well as plot has to capture me; Lucy Brown and Jane Collingwood both managed it admirably in the previous tales of Flavia Albia. I'd happily cough up for a retake, Audible...?
Lucy Brown, who did the first 2 Flavia Albia stories
I struggled to get past the poor narration. The different voices sounded like someone fresh from drama school, the mens' voices particularly poor. Need to listen to the book again to pick up the fine details of the story. Or maybe just read it in book format.
What a shame, because Lindsey Davies really gives us a taste of Roman life for women and the lower orders, which is where I would have been!
Usual entertaining and gripping tale of Albia and her man BUT why have you changed the reader?
This one seems unaware of punctuation and couldn't even pronounce 'oregano' properly.
I love Lyndsey Davis, and have enjoyed all of her publications on audiobook. The graveyard of Hesperides did not disappoint. However, the narration was so difficult to follow. It felt like sentences were being read as as a series of statements rather than having any flow, and it was difficult to distinguish between characters resulting in having to repeat sections. Frustrating as it distracted me from the storyline which was good!
The plot twists and turns are typical of Lindsey Davis. However, it seemed to take a very long time of nothing much happening before we got to the 'bones' of the story. I also found the narrator to be just awful. As other reviewers have said - she sounds bored and uninterested.
I have read all of the Falco Series and enjoyed them very much. I don't think that the Flavia Alba books work quite as well because Ms Davis seems to spend a lot of time telling us about her poor start in life.
Almost anyone else !!!!
I suspect that there will be many more Flavia Alba books
I have read, with huge enjoyment, all the Falco books and was looking forward to the first of the Flavia Albia series. This disappointed me, somewhat, but I but that down to being so invested in the Falco stories that nothing would be as good. Then I joined Audible and decided to try again. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it or not as I abandoned it after persevering to chapter 13. The narration was so appalling that what might have been a good story was ruined. Ms Feathers has a breathy, childlike voice totally unsuited to the character of Flavia.
The narrator's voice in this recording was as flat as a pancake... it was dull and uninteresting... a shame, because the book is good and the story is worth listening to... but the narrator spoils an otherwise good book!!!
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