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Summary

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. The authorities rapidly hand Falco the investigation; he is, after all, the well-known informer from Rome and the Emperor Vespasian's fixer. He was one of the last to see the victim alive and, should the investigation fail, it is he who'll get the blame...

©2009 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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. However I have found that the unabridged audio books are so much better!

Lindsey Davis has managed to bring us another lively, witty and clever installment; with characters that are as fresh and interesting as in the "Silver Pigs", yet have developed and matured. Alexandria is perhaps not as laugh out loud funny as Saturnalia, but is an excellent listen all the same.

Christian Rodska's narration of Alexandria and the other books in the series, brings MDF, Helena and the other characters to life with voices that are just so right!

The combination of the novel and the narration make this a superb audiobook.

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Probably my favourite Falco

Christian Rodska is brilliant as Falco. Some earlier books are narrated by boring readers who just don’t seem right. Falco’s extended family (ever augmented by waifs & strays) are familiar by now & this novel is enlivened by Tallia, as outrageous as ever, with her pet snake Jason. Uncle Fulvius and his companion Cassius are the hosts for this holiday so what can go wrong??

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Mildly entertaining

Having read several of the Falco books, I am familiar with the style and I like the Falco character. I found this book was mildly entertaining but without ever generating any great interest, I finished it because I had started it but I think I will skip Falco for a while.

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One of the best Falco's

Best narrator, great storyline, engaging 'one off' characters and the thrill of discovering the library of Alexandria.

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It has everything

There is Drama, love, murder as usual, and Thalia with her snake. Entertaining and witty.

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my opinion....

Storyline not the best in the series and also felt narrator not the best Choice!

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Keeping up the standard

The usual complexity, told with humour, well-drawn characters and lots of fascinating detail, narrated with all the vivacity and excellent character voices we are used to from Christian Rodska. Now, where's the next one . . .

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Guide book?

Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy this Falco story because I found the guide book like comments spoken by various characters who previously did not do such obvious Herodatus footnotes boring and far too educational.

It is a pity that I have to conclude that Lindsey Davis has gone off the boil with her Falco series.

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  • 25-05-21

Like Miss Frizzle in Alexandria

Imagine if instead of science, Miss Frizzle taught ancient history and she took you on a magical bus ride to Roman Alexandria and the library! There is so much to learn in this book (the characters often go into teaching mode in the course of conversation) and it is packaged in such a fun way. I love this series, and this one definitely measures up. I’ve got just the last one and then I’ll move on to the Flavia Albia series (a spin-off). Enjoy!