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'Lindsay Davis's renowned thrillers are set in first-century Rome in the age of Titus Caesar. They are exciting, witty and written in a believable historical voice that happens to be as fast moving and attractively slangy as a modern American thriller. Her private eye, Marcus Didius Falco, is reminiscent of a Chandler anti-hero, wisecracking his way through the ups and downs of solving crimes, but his romance with the daughter of a Roman senator gives him a fuller sentimental aspect. Venus in Copper, the third in the series, is made the more lively by this excellent Radio 4 dramatised production... Anton Lesser shows his extraordinary versatility as Falco, the narrator.' Christina Hardyment, The Times.
Anton Lesser is an extremey plausible Falco and the other cast members add to a very satisfying dramatisation of the novel. Easier to follow than some of these adaptations, the parallels with modern living are made lightly and the story races along.
I am always a big fan of this series with the caveat that Anton Lesser is in the lead. I enjoy these because of the characters and their journey through Roman life/
Well scripted, true to the books and beautifully and charmingly brought to life, it's just a real shame the BBC stopped the series after only the first five books.
Anton Lesser sounds just like the Falco in my mind. Having read all the Falco novels I was more than a little wary of an 'adaptation' but to be honest we didn't have time to worry about a dramatised version because the laughs flowed thick and fast. If you know Falco this will not disappoint you and if you haven't met him yet this is a lovely introduction. Thoroughly recommended.
surprisingly Helena was really nice in this version, sometimes in the books she can be a bit boring.
This is as good as Shadows in Bronze. Falco is growing up but his happy go luck approach to life is just as infectious.
Funniest thing since the last Falco
listen to this!
Good storyline and narration - keeps you hooked and keen to "just listen a bit longer" (until I had finished the entire book in one sitting!)
Of course, other books in the series, and perhaps it also sits halfway between an Agatha Raison and John le Carre - quite a tight storyline with interesting facts and explanations (unlike the slightness of Agatha Raison), but (unlike Carre) it is done with a lightness and humour that makes it very engaging.
Lindsey Davis is a superb writer who has developed three-dimensional characters in all of her novels.
The narration is in keeping with the original books and helps to bring Ancient Rome to life. Even if you do not normally enjoy historical whodunnits, this is worth a listen because Davis mixes drama and humour in equal measure.
This audio dramatisation of Venus in Copper is first class; the characters are richly portrayed, the plot twists preserved and the humour, love and complexity of the relationship between Helena and Falco touchingly acted.
You don't have to start at this beginning of the series to appreciate the story either; characters and situations are introduced in a way that makes it accessible without having to be familiar with the previous stories.
"another great entry in the Falco series"
I highly recommend Anton Lesser as Falco. The books are excellent and he sounds just the way I picture Falco.The BBC broadcasts of these books were the first things I bought when I joined Audible.com and I go back to them constantly for the pure enjoy of relistening to them all.
"Abridged is only part of the story."
I think I like the book, but since I haven't read the whole thing, how can I tell? I always feel cheated with abridgments. OK, I miss Christian Rodska's reading too. The story seems pretty good, but I don't know what's missing that would probably make it even better. In other Falco books I can't imagine not having the whole story there. I think you'll enjoy what's here, but find a way to get the whole story.
"Wake me up when ..."
... we get to the 20th century. This just tries way too hard.
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