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Summary

In the heyday of the Roman Empire, a small accounting error has left Marcus Didius Falco sharing a cell with a large rat. But the Empire's most hard-done-by investigator is finally bailed out, and promptly accepts a commission to help a family of freed slaves fend off a professional bribe.... A third instalment of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries set in first century Rome, starring Anton Lesser.
©2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

'Lindsay Davis's renowned thrillers are set in first-century Rome in the age of Titus Caesar. They are exciting, witty and written in a believable historical voice that happens to be as fast moving and attractively slangy as a modern American thriller. Her private eye, Marcus Didius Falco, is reminiscent of a Chandler anti-hero, wisecracking his way through the ups and downs of solving crimes, but his romance with the daughter of a Roman senator gives him a fuller sentimental aspect. Venus in Copper, the third in the series, is made the more lively by this excellent Radio 4 dramatised production... Anton Lesser shows his extraordinary versatility as Falco, the narrator.' Christina Hardyment, The Times.

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  • Rosie
  • Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 27-04-07

Sparkling dramatisation

Anton Lesser is an extremey plausible Falco and the other cast members add to a very satisfying dramatisation of the novel. Easier to follow than some of these adaptations, the parallels with modern living are made lightly and the story races along.

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falcon does it again!

As always Lindsey Davis and Anton lesser are a great combination. I never get tired of hearing these.

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Excellent story

Anton Lesser has a voice that I could listen to for ages
And I love the Falco stories

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Venus In Copper is yet another great book by the great Lindsey Davis.

Venus In Copper is, dare I say it, another wonderful full cast adaptation by the BBC starring Anton Lesser as our hero/narrator. Anna Madley makes an excellent Helena Justina, the erstwhile companion to Falco.

If you listen to any of Lyndsey Davis' novels you must try these. I highly recommend them.

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a wonderful book

a wonderful story read superbly by Anton Lesser. the plot twists and turns brilliantly. i would recommend this book to everyone.

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Always enjoyable

I am always a big fan of this series with the caveat that Anton Lesser is in the lead. I enjoy these because of the characters and their journey through Roman life/

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Canned after only 5. It's criminal.

Well scripted, true to the books and beautifully and charmingly brought to life, it's just a real shame the BBC stopped the series after only the first five books.

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laughed 'till we cried

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

Anton Lesser sounds just like the Falco in my mind. Having read all the Falco novels I was more than a little wary of an 'adaptation' but to be honest we didn't have time to worry about a dramatised version because the laughs flowed thick and fast. If you know Falco this will not disappoint you and if you haven't met him yet this is a lovely introduction. Thoroughly recommended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

surprisingly Helena was really nice in this version, sometimes in the books she can be a bit boring.

Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is as good as Shadows in Bronze. Falco is growing up but his happy go luck approach to life is just as infectious.

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

Funniest thing since the last Falco

Any additional comments?

listen to this!

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Reliably entertaining

What did you like most about Venus In Copper?

Good storyline and narration - keeps you hooked and keen to "just listen a bit longer" (until I had finished the entire book in one sitting!)

What other book might you compare Venus In Copper to, and why?

Of course, other books in the series, and perhaps it also sits halfway between an Agatha Raison and John le Carre - quite a tight storyline with interesting facts and explanations (unlike the slightness of Agatha Raison), but (unlike Carre) it is done with a lightness and humour that makes it very engaging.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Sarah
  • Whitchurch, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Domestic Strife and Murder in Ancient Rome

Lindsey Davis is a superb writer who has developed three-dimensional characters in all of her novels.

The narration is in keeping with the original books and helps to bring Ancient Rome to life. Even if you do not normally enjoy historical whodunnits, this is worth a listen because Davis mixes drama and humour in equal measure.



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  • ktkat1949
  • 02-08-09

another great entry in the Falco series

I highly recommend Anton Lesser as Falco. The books are excellent and he sounds just the way I picture Falco.The BBC broadcasts of these books were the first things I bought when I joined Audible.com and I go back to them constantly for the pure enjoy of relistening to them all.

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  • E.D.
  • 20-11-12

Abridged is only part of the story.

I think I like the book, but since I haven't read the whole thing, how can I tell? I always feel cheated with abridgments. OK, I miss Christian Rodska's reading too. The story seems pretty good, but I don't know what's missing that would probably make it even better. In other Falco books I can't imagine not having the whole story there. I think you'll enjoy what's here, but find a way to get the whole story.

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  • Sandra
  • 29-03-08

Wake me up when ...

... we get to the 20th century. This just tries way too hard.

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