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"Jamie Glover is delightful as the indomitable Falco." (AudioFile)
I'm a huge fan of The Marcus Didus Falco series. My perfect Falco is Anton Lesser, but I love the reading of Christian Rodska, who has the most fanatastic range of voices. I'm afraid that although I love The Accusers, Jamie Glover's voice just doesn't do it for me.
An excellent roman mystery told in her usual droll fashion by Lindsey Davis. Falco, aided by his intelligent wife and her brothers weaves his way through the pitfalls of Roman law to solve another crime.
Storyline was enjoyable as usual, but this is my least favourite so far. For my liking, way too much of the narrative was in the form of reports and court episodes, especially the former. It almost felt that it had been done in a rush and the reports were a quick fix. Narrator ok, but some of the pronunciations were not as i imagine them.
Having listened to the BBC plays its seems very wrong to have this narrator as Didius Falco. The voice is far too refined. I found that there was far too much talk and not enough action in this book . Its my least favourite of the Falco series, with way too much detail of Roman law.
Quite a simple plot and a bit different for Falco
More differential between the voices
Roman law was very complex and lawyers long winded and opportunistic - see Cicero and successors! - which allows both twists in plot and humour. This novel has a more domestic setting than many of Falco's adventures, especially those abroad, but it's not just a 1st century "Aga Saga". It seems to need more focussed attention than some, and I do wish it had had been broken into the short chapters of the book, not long, random tracts, where it's hard to navigate if you need to go back.
Say something about yourself!
Falco is back in the familiar surroundings of Rome, but in focusing on one legal case, this book is quite different to the others. I enjoyed it, quickly getting used to the change in narrator. Jamie Glover tends more towards reading rather than performing, but this suited the story, and is perhaps why the change of narrator didn't bother me, as familiar characters didn't suddenly acquire strange new accents.
At first listening I found this hard going but I love the Falco series and gave this novel a second go. I now love this story but it's slightly different to the others in that it is solely centred on one family and the ongoing various court cases.
Again a great plot and narration at times made me feel I was there, always enjoy Falco books they never let me down great entertainment, and listening on audio is a god send as eyesight not as good as when I started following these stories .
"An Imperial Treasure"
You can't go wrong with Falco. He wants to be a ruthless hard case but his tender heart won't let him....his tender heart and Helena, the love of his life! This case shows a more intellectual side to Falco. As usual he is bruised, but Falco also wins some kind of victory in the end. Jamie Glover does a fine job with the narration.
"Love this series!"
I have read and re-read the books, and now am having fun listening to them on audio. Great narration! These novels have a little bit of something for everyone- they're good mysteries, they're an interesting look at the Roman Empire, and the main character is funny. Smart, but also light and entertaining. So far there has only been one book in the series I haven't absolutely loved.
This one had a plot hole.
The first 2 books in the series are awesome.
"Not the best of Falco"
I don't care much for Jamie Glover - there are better narrators in the series. My particular favorite is Christian Rodska. This particular book got tied up in the legal intricasies of Roman Law. It was really an inheritance case and all the scam the lawyer do to exact more money from clients and estates -- sort of the Roman Version of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. None of the characters are particular appealing and I felt the book dragged on way longer than was necessary. The author really padded it out and there was little meat in it. There really was not any suspense or mystery in this book. Basically I was prettty disapointed in the title and was bored with the book. If you are Falco devotee then you will marginally enjoy it. It you are just getting started with Falco go for Silver Pigs - more exciting -- or Three Hands in a Fountain.
"Love this series"
Falco et al, have developed since the start of this series. Mystery and humor are always there. Even though different narrator Jamie Glover did a fine job. Falco his wife Helena and the rest of the crew have developed since start of series. Davis always keeps you guessing. Love this series.
"A good listen"
My first audiobook in this entertaining series of books. Loved the story but felt the narration let it down, narrator could have put more effort into using different voices for the various characters.
As always Falco is amusing and entertaining but not much action or mystery. Figured out the secret half way through.
"Falco needs to retire to the country"
Predictable-this reads, in my opinion as if the author was under pressure to"churn" out a manuscript and she did it by the numbers
"Falco almost at his best"
Lindsay Davis's Marcus Didius Falco is a very likable character who gets into scrapes whilst solving crime in the Vespasian Roman Empire. This volume is a little last active than the others, with intrigue more in the courtroom than in the streets. I think the plot unfolds more lazily that many of the other Falco books but is, never-the-less, a great yarn.
You can read any book independently of the others but they are better in order as past events are occasionally referenced.
Jamie Glover reads the book well but his voice is too clean for the rugged ex-soldier that Falco's meant to be, so doesn't sit well. His range of character voices is also less distinct than the previous narrator. No-one compares to Christian Rodska for Falco who's accent, gravelly voice and character voices are sublime for this series.
"Law and order - Roman style"
Continues to build on previous characters. Gives an interesting look at the Roma legal system in a humorous vein. Good detective story - followers of this series will not be disappointed.
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