From the creator of Falco comes Falco: The New Generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel. In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end. The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome.
I didn't think that the Falco character could be followed and matched, but here is the proof. The third novel in the series is an excellent listen. The novel is well plotted and the characters fully developed. The reader's performance was adept and nuanced.
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Rich in hilarious anecdote, this audiobook tells the story of Niven's school and Sandhurst days, his posting to Malta with the Highland Light Infantry, and how he escaped the army for a new life in the States. There he joined New York high society, before crossing the continent, lured by Hollywood. He returned to Britain to serve during the Second World War, but then made Hollywood his home.
Would you try another book written by David Niven or narrated by David Niven?
I adore David Niven's writing style and narration.
Would you recommend The Moon's a Balloon to your friends? Why or why not?
I cannot recommend this book because the abridgement leaves out so much of the written work.
What about David Niven’s performance did you like?
David Niven's delivery of the abridged autobiography is excellent.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
The lighthearted style of the writer/narrator made this a very good listen. There were some very sad passages and the emotions were alluded to, but it never became mawkish.
Any additional comments?
On the whole I was disappointed, probably because I had read the book when it was originally published and I am very aware of the huge gaps that the abridgement has left. It is such a shame as the book was one of the best of its type. I was going to buy and listen to the next instalment of David Niven's memoir, but I think that I will re-read the book instead - simply because I am so disappointed with this audiobook.
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It is AD 81. The Roman emperor Domitian seizes power. Afflicted by classic paranoia, the self-styled Master and God sees enemies everywhere - and he is right. The Senate loathes him, his advisers are terrified, he cannot trust his wife, and barbarians menace the frontiers. As he vents his suspicions, no one is safe.
When I read on LD's website that the audio book was "not dramatised formally: all the text is there, but it is something special", I must admit I thought the worst!
The novel is wonderful and the audio book is pretty special too. I am not going to précis the novel here – there is no need. If you enjoy a good story well told then you will love this. The two central characters are totally believable; they are flawed and damaged by life, but despite this they are just so amiable. You will be totally caught-up in the sweeping storyline; right up to the very end!
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When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.
When I read the synopsis of this free Christmas download I though to myself 'what a lovely gift, sounds really good, audible really have embraced the Christmas spirit'.
I was wrong, it was very poor. I couldn't finish it - I really tried but gave up at the third attempt. If it were a physical book I'd have the suspicion that they needed the shelf space!
Last year's freebie 'A Christmas Carol' was much better.
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.
I read the previews for this novel and along with the title; I was expecting a very dark book. I was glad to discover that this book has the same light touch, humour and pathos as Lindsey Davis's previous novels. However, we do discover, through some quite unexpected twist and turns, major revelations regarding some of the established characters.
As always Christian Rodska interprets the novel beautifully, his characterisations are just right!
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