It is 73 AD in Ancient Rome and inimitable sleuth Marcus Didius Falco is back with a vengeance. In one night, a man is killed and Rome's Chief of Spies left for dead. Naturally there is no one except Falco to conduct the investigation. Soon he is plunged into the fiercely competitive world of olive oil production. Political intrigue, an exotic Spanish dancer and impending fatherhood, all add to Falco's troubles.
©1996 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This is part of a brilliant, witty and engaging series of stories about a private eye set in Ancient Rome. I have listened to all the available Falco books which are read with great wit and conviction by Christian Rodska. He brings the books to life with beautifully timed humour and creates the characters with wonderful voices. Unfortunately he doesn't read book nor The Accusers, which is a real shame. No disrespect for the other two narrators, but it really doesn't work in the same way. I will have to buy the actual book instead as I find the lack of Mr Rodska very irritating and can't listen.
Why, why, oh WHY do the powers-that-be change narrators midstream? Having established Falco's voice in Christian Rhodska, why change to someone else, who, no matter how competent, or even good, he may be in other roles, just isn't Falco? And having changed, why were there no guidelines given to the narrator - such as, the chief spy is called An-a-cry-teas, not An-ak-ra-teas? And she's Hell-en-er, not Hel-leaner?
As well as the unfamiliar pronunciation of familiar names, the narrator seemed in a hurry to get the job done, and set a cracking pace that rode roughshod over the humour of the writing and sacrificed any expression at all.
Sadly disappointing. If I could give this no stars I would.
No. Plot twists and "whodunnit?" known so no surprises or novelty.
Any of the preceding ones featuring Didius Marco Falco by Lyndsey Davis, but in the correct order which is:1 Silver Pigs; 2 Shadows in Bronze; 3 Venus in Copper; 4 Iron Hand of Mars; 5 Poseidon's Gold; 6 Last Action in Palmyra; 7 Time to depart. They develop the main character and his relationships with other protagonists so you would have abetter understanding of the relationships and their significance by reading in correct order.
The class whine and intonation of the pretentious twits contrasting with the earthy and practical accents of the hero and his ilk.
Only just feasible, but did want to hear how story develops. Was slow in places and took some natural breaks.
Falco seems to function better in Rome as the city takes on being a character in the story too. Set in Spain mainly this lacks that aspect. Falco's wife's pregnancy was meant to add some further drama and suspense, but this did not come across well for me.
Mitchley just does not come across as Falco... Not seedy man of the world. Disappointing
i would have cast Christian Rodska who is a perfect Falco and sounds just like a man who might be a Roman Informer.
A couple of reviewers have complained about Richard Mitchley taking over from Christian Rodska. It is extremely difficult to step in to a character as well established and distinctive as Rodska's Marcus Didius Falco. I presume Rodska was on a film or something when this needed to be done. But I thought Mitchley (whom I haven't heard before) did an excellent job. He followed in Rodska's general presentation - bluff, rough but purposeful - and kept the story moving and captivating. A few mispronunciations can get under one's skin, but I could only admire his reading which would have stood well on its own. I will look for other things he has done.
Marvellously exotic setting and some hilarious scenes as well as intrigue, dislikable villains, colourful supporting characters and tricky midwifery. OK, not Anton Lesser or Christian Rodzka reading, but certainly "best of the rest" - some life in him.
I have enjoyed several of the Falco mysteries, but this one felt below the standard of my previous reads. I know with Falco that the plot will carefully and gently unfold to its final revelation of guilt. However A Dying Light in Corduba is positively pedestrian to the point that I lost the will to live. It wasn't so much "Who dun it" but more "Who cares who dun it" In these harsh economic times I would only recommend spending your hard earned cash on this book if you are seeking a cure for insomnia.
"A new slant on the Romans"
I have read this series for many years and it is interesting to see how the fortunes (and character) of Marcus Didius Falco progresses. The narrator gets the sometimes world-weary Falco's moods over extremely well. The everyday life of Romans is painted well and the inclusion of Roman notables is handled well. Will continue to get as many of this series as I can.
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