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Shadows in Bronze

Falco, Book 2
Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Series: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Summary

I was the new boy, so they saddled me with the worst jobs. Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his best friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts.

The idyllic seaside location further complicates his seemingly doomed romance with Helena Justina. The deeper he probes, the more it seems Helena is inextricably connected to the elite plotters, in ways that the smitten Falco cannot bear to contemplate.

©1991 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible Studios

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good story, performed by pensioner!

What did you like best about Shadows in Bronze? What did you like least?

this follow up story from 'The Silver Pigs' is wonderful, but the narration is now taken over by a man who is obviously elderly and has a trick of tailing off his sentences which robs the narrative of any excitement.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Falco and Helena Justina. because it is about their relationship and the tragedy which befalls
them.

How could the performance have been better?

CHANGE THE NARRATOR FOR SOMEONE WHO SOUNDS YOUNG!

Do you think Shadows in Bronze needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

it's already got a whole library of follow ups.

Any additional comments?

just change the narrator. Gordon Griffin sounds like a nice guy, but his narration robs the story of any emotion.

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Enjoyable read

Enjoyed the story but prefer Christian Rodska as narrator - he sounded more realistic. Will definitely read more by this author.

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The narrator is not a patch on the original.

A lot of the dry humour is lost in this book from stilted narration. The main personality of the main character seems lost on Gordon Griffin. It is still a good story, and the characters are very well written. Might read, rather than listen to the next instalment.

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Not Falco with this narrator.

Couldn't cope with the change of narrator from the impeccable Christian Rodska. Dull and lacking character after his cheeky verve in Silver Pigs. Returned to Audible.

Will have to continue my binge reread on paper till I get to where Rodska takes over again.

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Bring back Christian Rodska

Would you listen to Shadows in Bronze again? Why?

I enjoyed the story - the quirks of Falco's character voice and the vividly real people and places he encounters.
I missed Christian Rodska so much, though. He was the perfect voice of Falco in the first volume.

What did you like best about this story?

Characterization; sense of time and place.

What three words best describe Gordon Griffin’s performance?

Dull. Old. Errors.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but it would be a spoiler to say who gets hurt.
I did like Falco's care of the less fortunate - his seemingly endless family, and especially the sacred goat.

Any additional comments?

If Lindsey has any input on the choice of narrator, please, I beg her to insist on Christian Rodska.

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Entertaining tale

A disappointing narrator after the punchy, vigorous Christian Rodska's narration of the first book. This narrator was a little too refined. However once used to this new voice the tale unfolded in an entertaining way and was my companion of choice for a few days, with the radio taking second place. I really enjoy listening to the details of daily life of Falco, his friends and relatives in Rome. The filth and lack of hygiene contrasting in a satisfying way to my attempts at housework in the 21st century.

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  • 01-05-15

Falco needs luck

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

Falco is an idiot without a good woman in his life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Petronis

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

Good clear reader. Gets better as the book goes on

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh cry and annoy at times.

Any additional comments?

I know Lindsey has gone on to write books about Falco's daughter, but you can't beat Falco.

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Much, much less good that the first one

Really disappointing after the thrill of the first in the series. Didn't understand the plot at all (I mean, I did, but it didn't really work), but nice to hear the characters again. Shame they ditched the great reader of the first book for someone who made all the characters sound like a slightly bored and out of touch Oxford Classics Don. Very bad move. Cheaper? Probably.

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  • DFK
  • 19-04-19

The series is lots of fun

Nothing deep here, no moral challenges, no philosophical questions. Just plain fun, with entertaining characters and a decent, though not outstanding, performance. I still like the Medicus series better, but what can you do? Life is full of compromises. One quibble on the historical accuracy. Falco refers to someone as being syphilitic (maybe even more than once), but that disease did not yet make it to Rome. Once I notice one inaccuracy, as inconsequential as it is to the story, I wonder about others.