Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.
©1989 Lindsey Davis; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I know of the Falco novels since they were first published. The research by the author is meticulous and adds weight and authenticity to a gripping story.
Falco, our hero, is a very believable character, and more than a little put-upon. He manages to take you, the listener with him as he negotiates his way through the various twists and turns of the plot, collecting a few beatings along the way, as well as imparting some telling insights into the realities of human nature.
I'm biased, I like the Falco Novels anyway!
I love these novels - why are there so few in the Audible catalogue? And most of those are short dramas, rather than the whole book. This, the first of the Marcus Didius Falco series, is a cracker. I have no idea how accurate the historical details are but the context rings true to me and I can easily visualise the scenes Davies describes. Falco is a great flawed hero and the narrator's accent is perfect for him. the only thing which seemed slightly unlikely was his meetings with the Ceasars. I'd recommend it as a good uncomplicated bit of escapism... and no gory stuff either.
Very lively reading, enjoyed it immensely. Sagged a bit towards the end, then picked up. Will try more in this series
I love the Falco series and have read the complete series to date but this was my first aventure into the audio version. I thought the narrator was superb, bringing the character of Falco to life perfectly.
He also did justice to the other characters. Excellent job
I bought this audio book from Itunes - I loved it and was really enjoying the story and the quality. Unfortnately on the Itunes version the end of the book was missing from the file. Apple was completely unhelpful and refused to replace the file. I've moved to Audible and am extremely pleased with their service and support and more reasonable costs. If you are going to purchase use Audible!
I enjoyed reading the Didius Falco series of Lindsey Davis so much that I hoped to be able to have them all as audio books to listen to whilst doing craft work. I managed to find The Silver Pigs on Audible and have enjoyed listening to this recording. The narrator does a great job of bringing the character to life. My one regret - the whole series is not available on Audible. I look forward to being able to listen to the whole series.
I love the Falco series, Lindsey Davis really knows her stuff - the history is very accurate. Christian Rodska also has the perfect voice for Falco! All the books are brilliant, but I particularly like those read by Christian Rodska as he really brings out the humour of the characters.
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