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Summary

"I still can't believe I've put the bastard away for good!" Petro muttered.'

Petronius Longus, captain of the Aventine watch and Falco's oldest friend, has finally nailed one of Rome's top criminals. Under Roman law, citizens are not imprisoned but are allowed 'time to depart' into exile outside the Empire.

One dark and gloomy dawn, Petro and Falco put the evil Balbinus aboard a ship. But soon after, an outbreak of robbery and murder suggests a new criminal ring has moved into Balbinus' territory. Petro and Falco must descend into the underworld of Vespasian's Rome to investigate...

©1997 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Audible Studios

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Spoilt by the narrator

Why was Christian Rodska not commissioned to read Falco! He is Falco! I have great respect for our narrators but this was dreadful. I did not finish the story as I found it too difficult to follow the character dialogue. There was no attempt to give a voice to any of the characters and the whole thing merged into a boring mumble. I am so sad because the same chap has read all the other newly released books too but not for me. One of the few times I will be returning a book.

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Love the book, love the story, dislike the reader

I, as always, love Lindsey and her stories - but I dislike the reader of this book. I have heard him on a number of readings and find his cadences irritating. H frequently ends sentences as if they are questions, he’s far too posh for Falco and the voice changes to other characters not adequate

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A great Falco story let down by poor narration

Gordon Griffin seemingly hadn’t listened to his predecessors’ narration style, nor read the book, before starting this narration job. He therefore missed the gentle ironic humour that makes the Falco stories trip off the ear so lightly. That, combined with some mid-pronunciations and failure to put pauses in the right place in a sentence, thus missing the meaning of it, made me wince on more than a few occasions. Although the story itself is another good one, I won’t buy another Falco tale if narrated by Gordon Griffin.

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Falco in trouble again

I am a lover of this series and this book is as good as the rest
Christian Rodska is great in the role in previous releases so you want to compare but G Griffin gets in his stride and is entertaining
I think I may have guessed the twists but then I've read all the books so you tend to second guess the author
All the characters are well honed and mostly likeable
I just can't get enough of Helena and Falco and his mates

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Gripping Yarn

enjoyed the story a re read but still enjoyable.

The narrator is not the best but ok

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Good story, terrible narrator

Another good yarn from Lindsey Davis but ruined by a terrible narrator. No excuse. There are thousands of excellent actors who could do the reading - no need to use someone who's hopeless.

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Excellent Falco story

Loved this one, which covers some very interesting topics including organised crime and prostitution in Ancient Rome. It’s part of a series that develops over many books, and Davis is playful with themes of the hard bitten detective, his daft family and charmingly complex romance with the wonderful, high born Helena. The reader is good with humour and phrasing though his accent is maybe not such a good match for the hero’s working class background. Highly recommended overall.

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Good story, badly read!

Gordon Griffin can kill a good book faster than a positive review in the Daily Mail! If you've bought a nonfiction book, you can reduce the agony by playing it at 1.5 speed. Don't expect a performance, he's not an actor...Get the print/ebook instead. Most Falco audiobooks I enjoy time after time. We should request a new version... More fool me, I bought quite a few Griffin assassinations of decent books before I twigged, even blamed authors for tedious writing...

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No Less for Being Rome Bound

No spoilers. I was intrigued by the novel’s title, wondering whether a well-known character would meet their end. After a long distance road adventure of the previous adventure, this novel is certainly compelling enough to make up for any worry about a loss of exotic locations. The plot is never bogged-down in historical information and there are characters a plenty to fully maintain the listener/reader’s interest. When recurring characters populate the narrative and when those characters are developed or reveal more of their background, things zing-along. The performance of the audiobook is serviceable enough, though editorially he is allowed some miss-readings or words that should have been picked up by the recording producer. Prospective listeners will enjoy Falco’s progress.

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Great story, terrible reader.

I understand Gordon Griffin was given his MBE by the Queen for "services to audiobooks". I, unlike him, am speechless. I'm sorry to say it for his sake, but the man cannot narrate to save his life. Falco (and everyone else) gets a sub-public-school posh accent that is totally inappropriate and crucially, makes it insanely difficult to follow conversations. Even the vigiles, those hard-bitten law-enforcers, sound like a day trip out from Eton.
Worse, Griffin absolutely slaughters pronunciation and sentence structure. It's as if he has never heard Roman names pronounced before (or staunchly decided he was going to pronounce them his way, ignoring the cries of horror). I have read all of Lindsey Davis' books numerous times, and her writing rhythm is wonderful - Mr Griffin, alas, bravely overcomes this hurdle, giving the unfortunate effect of being (as Russell Crowe vouchsafed on the choice of "Roman" accents in the film "Gladiator") "Royal Shakespeare Company two pints after lunch"... actually make that six pints and a couple of sedatives.
This is a terrible, terrible shame because "Time To Depart" is a good book.

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What a romp! I love this series

The characters are all fantastic, the plot is good, the sense of being in Ancient Rome is like time-travel, and the narrator is super. I’ve enjoyed every one of these so far and I know I’ll be at a loss when I finish them all. I’ve tried other mystery series and generally they do not measure up to this one.