From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine, Flavia Albia, in her third novel.
In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she's determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end.
The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome. But he's got concerns other than her anonymous corpse. It's election time, and with democracy for sale at Domitian's court, tension has come to a head. Faustus is acting as an agent for a "good husband and father" whose traditional family values are being called into question. Even more disreputable are his rivals, whom Faustus wants Albia to discredit.
As Albia's and Faustus' professional and personal partnership deepens, they have to accept that for others, obsession can turn sour and become a deadly strain that leads, tragically, to murder.
©2015 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
As Falco fans, it's taken a while to bond with Flavia Albia. This is the first audio book we've listened to. Hearing Flavia's "voice " has made her real. The story was gripping and we engaged with the characters. Jane Collingwood's female voices hit the mark, but the male voices didn't really work. Petronius sounded WRONG .
"The characters in these books are like members of"
I loved the Falco books, and the Albia books are just as wonderful although quite different in tone. The strong stories are matched with strong characters. They are so familiar, it's like catching up with family. My only quibble is the narrator made Petro sound like a pompous old fox-hunting fool.
"Please bring back Lucy Brown"
Since these books are written in the first person the choice of narrator is especially important. I had really got used to the previous narrator, who voiced Flavia Albia with a wry humour and played the other parts very well. While I still enjoyed the narrative, it was harder to connect with this narrator and her male voices, in particular, were unconvincing.
I have loved all three in this series so far. I sincerely hope that there will be more to follow. I also really want to visit Rome and to try and find some of the places mentioned. the stories really bring ancient Rome to life.
"Flavia Albia - Comes of Age"
I am a great lover of the original falco novels and Christian Rodska well there was nothing wrong with the narrator in the first two books she was a bit of formal and a bit stiff in places didn't have the warmth and ironic sarcasm expect from the daughter those two incredibly well rounded characters Lucy Collingwood does an absolutely wonderful witty job- thought provoking and a little melancholy as she should be I hope they bring her back for the next books I also think the props of the stories the more domestic personal side of history I really starting to mature the constant sense of Menace from a character that seems so inconsequential the original series that of the new emperor is a masterstroke I understand why some people of complained about the portrayal of petro but given his dialogue I would have probably made that choice myself vocally I haven't read any of the previous stories all in all I think we're back in trend
"Not yet the definitive voice of Flavia Albia"
I may be too harsh on the narrator giving only 2 stars, because her own reading voice is pleasant enough, but her efforts to portray other characters, especially the men, are increasingly annoying. When she attempts Petro it's particularly grating. The story is interesting, both a window on Roman society under Domitian and a satire on our own political and economic life. Always good to know how Falco et al have been doing!
"Things are hotting up"
The combination of character development against the background of another fascinating exploration of an aspect of Roman life
Faustus showing a wider range of personal traits and character
I was very pleased with the end, which left me smiling and looking forward to the next instalment
The Falco books, and now the Albia books, provide a fountain of listening pleasure - I never get sick of listening to any of them, time after time; always appreciating the excellent story arc that has been created to accurately explore the fascinating world of ancient Rome through the medium of historical fiction.
I really enjoyed the first two books and whilst this story was equally enjoyable, I found the narrator more irritating, particularly voicing Tiberius. I much preferred the narrator in the first two. Otherwise very good.
I'm a fan of the Falco books and was pleased to discover a second generation version
An intriguing and complex story too
I look forward to more
"Davis has done it again!"
I didn't think that the Falco character could be followed and matched, but here is the proof. The third novel in the series is an excellent listen. The novel is well plotted and the characters fully developed. The reader's performance was adept and nuanced.
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