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Summary

"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. Finding Gaia is then a race against time, ending in Falco's most terrifying exploit yet.

©2000 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Good story but spoilt by the narrator I prefer Rod

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

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

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

Rodska

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wonderful

gripped as always by the storyline and the narration read all the books and enjoying listening to them now ty

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Headline obligatory

Story ok but what a strange choice of narrator. He lacks credibility in the role of Falco.

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Long but good in the end

Very long story which, although good entertaining stuff, took far too long to get going..

Falco continues however and I will continue to follow him.

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Fabulous

Another great story. Lots of side wanderings down different pathways weaving into the overall picture. A good listen.

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A really exciting ending

It was a little slow to start. The narrator’s voice/ accent did not, in my opinion, suit Falco. Too RADA posh boy for me. The ending however had me totally gripped.

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Utterly thrilling and enjoyable

Absolutely love this book. We are delivered a thrilling story that sends you this way and that and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I did work out the mystery elements but still ended up on the edge of my metaphorical seat right to the end. If you are a fan, One virgin too many won’t let you down. If you are not a fan yet, go to an earlier book so you can get to know the characters and their backgrounds the easy Lindsey Davis intended. You won’t be disappointed that you did!

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Badly Read

A good story badly read. Gordon Grififin puts all the emphasis in a sentance in the wrong places which makes it really difficult to listen to.

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Very enjoyable

if you like historical novels this one is for you. it brings the Roman empire to life in an every day kind of way. I really enjoyed it.

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Rather pedestrian

Not one of the best of the Falco series and read in a somewhat pedestrian manner however more than usual interesting detail about daily life in Rome under Vespasian.
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  • 24-05-20

It was good I knew there are further episodes!

The book is terrific, as they all are. Falco had several moments where you don’t know if he’ll make it, and would be in such suspense, except you know there is a coming episode. So, calm down! He’ll get out of it somehow! Aside from a great whodunit, lots of suspense, and the usual great characters, I learned a lot. I learned more than I ever new about the Vestals. I learned about Queen Berenice (and looked up more about her). And that’s one of the things I love about these books: through great fun you actually learn a lot about Ancient Rome and its history. It is clear that the author does loads of research. If only they taught me history this way in school! Gordon Griffin’s performance is excellent, as always.

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  • 27-04-18

street rat Falco

Would you try another book from Lindsey Davis and/or Gordon Griffin?

Yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Mostly, at times a bit overly complicated, I wanted to cut to the chase.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

I so liked the narrator for book 9 - Falco describes himself as a street rat - he's clearly a fast boy from the Aventine - while Griffin is a good narrator, it's not at all Falco's voice - too plumy, too posh - the narrator for Book 9 got it all just right, for me.

Do you think One Virgin Too Many needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

don't think so - it was enough on that topic