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Editor reviews

Deadly Election is Book Three in the incredible Flavia Albia series by master thriller writer, Lindsey Davis, and narrated in this unabridged audiobook by actress Jane Collingwood. Investigator Flavia Albia is out to expose the person responsible for the murder of an unknown man whose body was left inside a property owned by her family. Danger draws ever-closer to the unsuspecting Albia. Was the body of the man left randomly? Or did someone plant it there to distract her from an even more ominous operation at work? Available now from Audible.

Summary

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. But he's got concerns other than her anonymous corpse. It's election time, and with democracy for sale at Domitian's court, tension has come to a head. Faustus is acting as an agent for a "good husband and father" whose traditional family values are being called into question. Even more disreputable are his rivals, whom Faustus wants Albia to discredit.

As Albia's and Faustus' professional and personal partnership deepens, they have to accept that for others, obsession can turn sour and become a deadly strain that leads, tragically, to murder.

©2015 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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The characters in these books are like members of

I loved the Falco books, and the Albia books are just as wonderful although quite different in tone. The strong stories are matched with strong characters. They are so familiar, it's like catching up with family. My only quibble is the narrator made Petro sound like a pompous old fox-hunting fool.

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Please bring back Lucy Brown

Since these books are written in the first person the choice of narrator is especially important. I had really got used to the previous narrator, who voiced Flavia Albia with a wry humour and played the other parts very well. While I still enjoyed the narrative, it was harder to connect with this narrator and her male voices, in particular, were unconvincing.

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brilliant

I have loved all three in this series so far. I sincerely hope that there will be more to follow. I also really want to visit Rome and to try and find some of the places mentioned. the stories really bring ancient Rome to life.

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Another winner from Flavia Alba

The story continues. Full of intrigue as the two characters join together to solve another murder.

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enjoyed it but struggled to sort out the Julias

narration very good. story a bit long but enjoyable with some laugh -out
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Falavia helps an election

you need to listen carefully and take note of the many principals in this wonderfully intriguing story.

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A more dry and wry narrator

I liked this narrator better than Lucy Brown who is frankly too giggly for my idea of Albia, not wonderful for Tiberius and I never saw Petro as an upper class twit but had Albia down to a 'T'

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Flavia Albia Makes a Good Listen

Although the Flavia Albis stories are not quite as brilliant as their predecessors the Falco novels, they never the less make an excellent listen in a well-drawn ancient Roman background.

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A view of Roman policital elections + a murder

Of course we need a murder to get the story going, but I feel this is a side line to expand the Falco world and introduce Flavia to a love interest. I preferred Lucy Brown as a narrator, although she's note perfect by any means

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Slow to get into

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they were reading/ listening to the series

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Pacier

Have you listened to any of Jane Collingwood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No? I wasn't sure about her mail voices

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

And they.....

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I found this third book hard to get into. If it hadn't been part of a series I'm not sure I would have stuck with it.

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Lindsey Davis back on top form

As Falco fans, it's taken a while to bond with Flavia Albia. This is the first audio book we've listened to. Hearing Flavia's "voice " has made her real. The story was gripping and we engaged with the characters. Jane Collingwood's female voices hit the mark, but the male voices didn't really work. Petronius sounded WRONG .