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