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Summary

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.
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"As always, the shrewd and outspoken Falco is helped by his headstrong wife, Helena Justina, and hindered by nefarious Anacrites, Rome's Chief Spy. Davis serves up a huge cast of characters and colorful descriptions of daily life in first-century Rome, details sure to please readers with an affinity for ancient history." ( Booklist)

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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 I could now download them, as I am rapidly running out of shelving space! Having listened on my Sansa Clip I wish I'd changed some time ago, as its much more user friendly than playing the cassettes.

Cornelius Garet as usual does a great job of this Falco novel - pity all novels aren't available. In fact my only quibble with Audible is that of the numerous series of books I would like, only a few of each seem to be available - lets hope this improves with time.

Meanwhile, a great service!

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Superb

One of the best Falco stories, very funny in places and superbly read. Wish Christian Rodska read all the Falco books.

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very easy on the ear

no problem to follow good diction
great people good history
story line was very good

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Saturnalia

From the very beginning this book captured my imagination and kept me entertained for hours. I can't wait to start the next book in the Falco series.

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Fantastic as expected

Great. I never want these stories to end. I meant a lot about ancient Romans and their culture. Falco is a most enjoyable character and love the scrapes and adventures he gets involved in.

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Great story, classic Falco.

I am listening to all the Falco books in order. What a great experience! Because now everything makes sense. Lindsey Davis is a great writer who knows a lot about life in Rome 2000 years ago - as much as we can know about life in Rome that long ago - and creates a wonderful 20-part story around that world. I can't wait to do the same thing with the Flavia Albia stories!

There are several narrators for this series, however, I do think that Gordon Griffin and Christian Rodska, who read this one, are the best. Hat off to whoever chose these narrators!

However, I have a polite but urgent request to Audible: could you PLEASE break books up in their own chapters rather than 10 chapters that each start randomly in the text? That seems to be becoming an Audible habit and it is TERRIBLE! It makes it impossible to easily move from one device to another, or read chapter by chapter. I have no idea why you're doing it and want you to go back to having books in their own, natural chapters rather than randomly chopped off chapters of over an hour each!

So this books richly deserves the 5 stars I've given it. However, Audible deserves no more than 2.5 stars, simply because of the way they've chopped the book up in chapters. And they will keep getting that until they give books their chapters back. There is a reason why authors create chapters, and these chapters belong in the audio version of their books just as much as in the paper and e-versions of them!

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  • 03-04-21

Outstanding episode

I’ve been enjoying the whole series. This episode is outstanding, even among this excellent series. The plot was good, the characters were fun as always, and I particularly enjoyed hearing about the Saturnalia customs. I appreciate the fact that I learn about ancient Roman culture while having a good time. Christian Rhodska is a great narrator, and this time I thought he really shined. His different voices and accents add so much to the listening pleasure. I’ve got just two more in this series, and I will be sad when I’m done, but looking forward to the spinoff series.