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  • Three Hands in the Fountain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts & sewers.

    Susanne says: "Applause for Three Hands in the Fountain"
    "Applause for Three Hands in the Fountain"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! Lindsay Davis' character Marcus Didius Falco is believable and likable. The story takes twists and turns that were unexpected and Falco's dry humour helps to glue it all together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Falco, with his dry wit, is easily my favourite character, although many of the others have significant roles in allowing Falco to manipulate his way through the story.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    As above - Falco - although Christian Rodska is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. He adds music, character and mood to the words. When he speaks for a given character, the voice is so different, it's almost as if a different person was speaking. Such a delightful man to listen to. I'm extremely pleased he's narrated so much of the series.


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  • The Third Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Leona Hewitt, disguised in men's clothes, has made her way into Lord Delbridge's private museum to find a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is on the same errand: Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist, but Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A gifted crystal worker, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over him. And she is determined to keep the crystal they recovered.

    Susanne says: "Theft, Murder and the Paranormal"
    "Theft, Murder and the Paranormal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Amanda Quick has written an intriguing story full of skulduggery, strong women and a little bit of romance for the female listeners. Very well read by Patience Tomlinson, I was hooked from beginning to end.


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  • The Accusers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus, two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerous game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge financial penalties.

    Heather Miller says: "Love this series!"
    "Falco almost at his best"
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    What did you love best about The Accusers?

    Lindsay Davis's Marcus Didius Falco is a very likable character who gets into scrapes whilst solving crime in the Vespasian Roman Empire. This volume is a little last active than the others, with intrigue more in the courtroom than in the streets. I think the plot unfolds more lazily that many of the other Falco books but is, never-the-less, a great yarn.

    You can read any book independently of the others but they are better in order as past events are occasionally referenced.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Jamie Glover reads the book well but his voice is too clean for the rugged ex-soldier that Falco's meant to be, so doesn't sit well. His range of character voices is also less distinct than the previous narrator. No-one compares to Christian Rodska for Falco who's accent, gravelly voice and character voices are sublime for this series.


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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (310)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "Too Philosophical"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I decided to listen to the original story since the outline is very well known and has even been immortalised in Jasper Fforde's 'Thursday Next' Series. Alas, my fears about reading styles of yesteryear were realised. The story is slow and extremely philosophical.


    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    Simon Vance's performance is fitting to the writing style but that makes it less accessible to the modern mind. I gave up listening to it about 1/3 of the way in. I might try again in a year or two.


    Any additional comments?

    It's known to be a classic and regarded very highly but a bit too high-brow for my current frame of mind.

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  • The Iron Hand of Mars (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    The Iron Hand of Mars sees Falco being dispatched to one of the most hostile parts of the Empire to deliver a new standard, an iron hand, to one of the legions. Germania is cold, wet, dismal, and full of dark forests inhabited by bloodthirsty barbarians, but Falco has an even bigger problem to worry about: he has forgotten Helena Justina's birthday, and she is being pursued by the Emperor's son Titus Caesar.

    Heather Miller says: "Love this series!"
    "A golden Iron Hand of Mars"
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    Would you listen to The Iron Hand of Mars (Dramatised) again? Why?

    Most definitely!

    I loved the dramatized Iron Hand of Mars. It was full of life and the voices were so distinct that it was easy to tell who was who. The scene sounds were good and made descriptions unnecessary. It was fast moving while keeping the essence of the story and its humour.


    What other book might you compare The Iron Hand of Mars (Dramatised) to and why?

    The Didius Falco stories are delightful. Falco is such an interesting character with a dry sense of humour. Each story has new twists and turns.

    Valerio Massimo Manfredi writes on similar themes, as does Umberto Eco. Great stuff you can get your teeth into!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story is littered with interesting scenes as it twists and turns. Each book is not only a complete story in itself but also adds a little to Falco's private life.


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

    As a short yet engrossing radio play of under 3 hrs, it was easy to listen to in one sitting. The only issue was the frequent pre- and post- titles with each track - packaged for the radio episodes. I didn't need to know every 20 minutes who the actors were.


    Any additional comments?

    If the story was available as a narrated audiobook, I would've chosen to listen to that instead but the radio-play made a delightful way to fill in the gaps in the Falco series.

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