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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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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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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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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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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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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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Falco is back in Rome

In a city full of deceit a Kingpun gets his comeuppance. ... or does he. Davis has delighted again with his unusual bunch characters. Cant wait to start the next, I'm like an addict.

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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.