Marcus Didius Falco
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  • 1
    The Silver Pigs: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1 | Lindsey Davis

    The Silver Pigs: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

    Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in First Century Rome!

    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 st..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 September 2008 by Broadland Wanderer (Norfolk UK)
  • 2
    Shadows in Bronze: Falco, Book 2 | Lindsey Davis

    Shadows in Bronze: Falco, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    I was the new boy, so they saddled me with the worst jobs.' Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his best friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts.

    Enjoyable read

    Enjoyed the story but prefer Christian Rodska as narrator - he sounded more realistic. Will definitely read more by this author.

    Reviewed on 28 April 2015 by Sue ()
  • 3
    Venus in Copper: Falco, Book 3 | Lindsey Davis

    Venus in Copper: Falco, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Lindsey Davis, Gordon Griffin
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    Rats are always bigger than you expect.' Falco, ancient Rome's hangdog investigator, hates sharing a cell with a rodent - though being bailed by his old mother is almost as embarrassing. His high-born girlfriend can't decide if she wants him, and Titus Caesar's reward for past services is a wet fish. Hoping for a better life, or at least a better apartment, he takes on new clients. On the elegant slopes of the Pincian Hill, three nouveau riche freedmen with two flashy wives are under siege by a clever redhead.

    im hooked

    The historical details of life in ancient Rome A weaker story compared to the previous books

    Reviewed on 08 December 2015 by martin (MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    The Iron Hand of Mars: Falco, Book 4 | Lindsey Davis

    The Iron Hand of Mars: Falco, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    "I've always wanted to see something of the Empire outside Rome." AD 71. Germania Libera: dark, dripping forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians and legendary wild beasts, a furious prophetess who terrorises Rome, and the ghostly spirits of slaughtered Roman legionaries. Enter Falco, an Imperial agent on a special mission: to find the absconding commander of a legion whose loyalty is suspect.

    Narrator not well cast.

    Strange pronunciation of Latin words and names and has great difficulty in varying voices from bland Estuary English.
    Story is good, though, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 December 2015 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 5
    Poseidon's Gold: Falco, Book 5 | Lindsey Davis

    Poseidon's Gold: Falco, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Your brother seemed to know what he was doing.' Rome, AD 72. Falco returns home from a six-month mission to the German legions. But trouble is in store for him: his apartment has been wrecked by squatters and an ex-legionary friend of his colourfully heroic brother Festus is demanding money, allegedly owed him as the result of one of Festus's wild schemes. Worse still, the only client Falco can get is his mother - who wants him to clear the family name.

    Give the man a chance!
    Reviewed on 19 May 2016 by Sandy ()
  • 6
    Last Act in Palmyra: Falco, Book 6 | Lindsey Davis

    Last Act in Palmyra: Falco, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    I was just a freelance hero doing his best in a hard world.' The spirit of adventure calls Falco on a new spying mission for the Emperor Vespasian to the untamed East. He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong. A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel-ride to Syria.

    Missing Christian Rodska

    I am a big fan of the Falco series, and whilst I'm enjoying the story I'm afraid the reader is very disappointing. For me Christian Rodska really has..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 February 2015 by jane ()
  • 7
    Time to Depart: Falco, Book 7 | Lindsey Davis

    Time to Depart: Falco, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    "I still can't believe I've put the bastard away for good!" Petro muttered.' Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco's oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome's top criminals. Under Roman law, citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed 'time to depart' into exile outside the Empire. One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship. But soon after, an outbreak of robbery and murder suggests a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory.

    Spoilt by the narrator

    Why was Christian Rodska not commissioned to read Falco! He is Falco! I have great respect for our narrators but this was dreadful. I did not finish t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 March 2015 by Practical Lady ()
  • 8
    A Dying Light in Corduba: The Falco Series, Book 8 | Lindsey Davis

    A Dying Light in Corduba: The Falco Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
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    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.

    Where is Christian Rodska?

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 May 2013 by Nicola (Blackford, United Kingdom)
  • 9
    Three Hands in the Fountain | Lindsey Davis

    Three Hands in the Fountain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts & sewers.

    Favourite Falco

    Hot summer in Rome, a good mystery, and learn about Roman viaducts on the way.
    Rodska is the best narrator, and he brings this novel to life. It ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 October 2015 by Claire Kendall-Price (Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom)
  • 10
    Two for the Lions: Falco, Book 10 | Lindsey Davis

    Two for the Lions: Falco, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    What did he eat last? Whom did he eat, in fact? Lumbered with working alongside reptilian Chief Spy Anacrites, Falco has the perfect plan to make money - he will assist Vespasian in the Emperor's 'Great Census' of AD 73. His potential fee could finally allow him to join the middle ranks and be worthy of long-suffering Helena Justina. Unexpectedly confronted with the murder of a man-eating lion, Falco is distracted from his original task, uncovering a bitter rivalry between the gladiators' trainers.

    Poor choice of narrator

    As above. This is no criticism of Gordon Griffin but he just does not have the right voice for the character he portrays. It weakens the narrative.

    Reviewed on 24 December 2015 by Rob ()
  • 11
    One Virgin Too Many: Falco, Book 11 | Lindsey Davis

    One Virgin Too Many: Falco, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    "All the problems I know about are family ones." A frightened child approaches Roman informer Falco, pleading for help. Nobody believes Gaia's story that a relation wants to kill her--and neither does he. Beset by his own family troubles, by his new responsibilities as procurator of the sacred poultry, and by the continuing search for a new partner, Falco turns her away. Immediately he regrets it. Gaia has been selected as the new Vestal Virgin, and when she disappears Falco is officially asked to investigate.

    Good story but spoilt by the narrator I prefer Rod

    Good story in the usual Falcons vein but spoilt by the narrator who does not have the character of Christian Rodska

    Reviewed on 19 June 2015 by Mr. Sjb Horth ()
  • 12
    Ode to a Banker: Falco, Book 12 | Lindsey Davis

    Ode to a Banker: Falco, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    "The first concern of an author is to do down his colleagues." In the long, hot Roman summer of AD 74, Falco, private informer and spare-time poet, gives a reading for his family and friends. Things get out of hand, as usual. The event is taken over by Aurelius Chrysippus, a wealthy Greek banker and patron to a group of struggling writers, who offers to publish Falco's work.

    Narrator lets it down.

    The setting is interesting and colourful, but it's read in a rather bland, characterless way - more BBC Newsreader of the last century at an elocution..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 November 2015 by Mary Carnegie (UK)
  • 13
    A Body in the Bath House: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 13 | Lindsey Davis

    A Body in the Bath House: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank brings problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

    Typically Brilliant

    Excellent story told in a way that takes you to the days of Rome and lets you really feel like you are experiencing something special.

    Reviewed on 28 June 2006 by John L. ()
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    The Jupiter Myth: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 14 | Lindsey Davis

    The Jupiter Myth: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Marcus was hoping for a relaxed visit to Britannia. But things turn serious at the scene of a murder. King Togidubnus has been stuffed down a bar-room well - leading to a diplomatic situation which Marcus must resolve.

    Part II of II

    This book runs seamlessly on from "Body in the Bathhouse" and is more a story continued rather than just the next episode of Falco's memoirs. Now in t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 November 2009 by Michelle (Watford, United Kingdom)
  • 15
    The Accusers: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 15 | Lindsey Davis

    The Accusers: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus, two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerous game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge financial penalties.

    Not sure about the reader/narrator

    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 fanat..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 December 2010 by Anne (Crediton, Devon, United Kingdom)
  • 16
    Scandal Takes a Holiday: Falco, Book 16 | Lindsey Davis

    Scandal Takes a Holiday: Falco, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
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    This was a lonely place for anybody to be brought to die.' In the wealthy town of Ostia, our hero Falco appears to be enjoying a relaxing holiday. But when his girlfriend, Helena, arrives carrying a batch of old copies of the Daily Gazette - with the intention of catching up on the latest scandal - Falco is forced to admit to Petronius his real reasons for being there. 'Infamia', the pen name of the scribe who writes the gossip column for the Daily Gazette, has gone missing.

    great escapism ,

    gradually going through all of this series. only problem for me is it isnt christian rodska (aka falco). a good entertaining story with lots of twists..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 April 2015 by Colin (Newcastle Emlyn, United Kingdom)
  • 17
    See Delphi and Die: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 17 | Lindsey Davis

    See Delphi and Die: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    Greece, home of the ancient Olympic Games, is a favourite destination for Seven Sights Travel, a seedy company which provides escorted tours for wealthy travellers. When Marcus Didius Falco and Helena hear that a young girl and a newly-wed woman, both Roman visitors, have been murdered at Olympia, they both step in to investigate.

    Better then Remebered

    Always having been a voracious reader, I read all the Falco books, apart from the last, as soon as they came out, but found the later ones slightly ha..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 November 2009 by Michelle (Watford, United Kingdom)
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    Saturnalia: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 18 | Lindsey Davis

    Saturnalia: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rhodska
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    It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome, and brings her home to adorn his Triumph as a ritual sacrifice. But the logistics go wrong.

    SATURNALIA & AUDIBLE, A GREAT MIX

    This is my first audio book downloaded from Audible - but I am a 20 year fan of audio books, having a collection of over 300. I was delighted to find..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 March 2009 by B. A. Chapman (Hertfordshire, UK)
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    Alexandria: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 19 | Lindsey Davis

    Alexandria: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    In Roman times, the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World held a deep fascination. Two of them were in Egypt: the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Marcus Didius Falco's wife Helena Justina is determined to see them before her next confinement. Conveniently, he has an uncle with a house in Alexandria. For this innocent reason (he says) they sail to Egypt. As soon as they arrive in Alexandria, a suspicious death occurs at the famous Great Library.

    Brilliant Falco!

    I am a relative newcomer to the Falco series of novels. My introduction to Falco was the BBC serialisations on Radio 4, of which I am very fond. How..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 August 2009 by Liz (Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)
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    Nemesis: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel | Lindsey Davis

    Nemesis: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
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    In the high summer of AD 77, Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared. They had a feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood.

    Darker Davis

    Fear not~ it is not Helena that needs the funeral pire! Beautifully read once again by Christian Rodska who brings out Falco's sarcasm and wit well. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 June 2010 by Amazon Customer ()