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Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized) | [Lindsey Davis]

Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized)

Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii.
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Anton Lesser and Anna Madeley star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Lindsey Davis's second best-selling Falco novel featuring the Roman detective.

Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Marcus Didius Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts in Neapolis, Capreae, and Pompeii. The idyllic seaside location fails to help his doomed romance with Helena Justina, whom Falco met and courted so stormily in The Silver Pigs. The deeper he probes, the more it seems that Helena is inextricably connected to the elite plotters, in ways that the smitten Falco cannot bear to contemplate.

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    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 07-18-11
    Sandy Laguna Woods, CA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2011

    75 yr old MWF. I like historical novels with more history than story. Audiobooks shouldn't have too many characters.

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    "Shadows in Bronze, by Lindsey Davis"

    After enjoying "The Silver Pigs," narrated by Christian Rodska, I was delighted to try Lindsey Davis' Shadows in Bronze," dramatized. I thought I would prefer a dramatized version over a narrated one. But the actor who plays Marcus Didius Falco sounds like a woman, and I could not easily get used to it. I got mixed up! This is of course my fault, and I will start the drama over and try again. Christian Rodska does a fine job portraying both women and men in his narration of "The Silver Pigs."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 05-07-11
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Confused"

    Very abridged. The pace of the drama is fast. After 10 minutes, I had no clue what was going on, and didn't finish.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09
    Heather Miller Massachusetts, USA 04-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this series!"

    I have read and re-read the books, and now am having fun listening to them on audio. Great narration! These novels have a little bit of something for everyone- they're good mysteries, they're an interesting look at the Roman Empire, and the main character is funny. Smart, but also light and entertaining. So far there has only been one book in the series I haven't absolutely loved.

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    H VA, United States 01-06-13
    H VA, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Do this one unabridged please!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it caught me up on Falco!


    What other book might you compare Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized) to and why?

    I think it's Venus in Copper that's also only available in Dramatized. They share the same cast and annoying music interludes.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Helena Justina is just right!


    Did Shadows in Bronze (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

    Visit Italy one day?


    Any additional comments?

    This edition and one other dramatized Falco mystery are difficult to listen to as I do, to go to sleep, because every scene is intercut with dramatic music at a different, louder, volume than the narration. I have to adjust the volume every few minutes and it's pretty irritating. Both the main narrators of Audible editions for Falco are wonderful, but I prefer the unabridged, single-narrator versions if I can get them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Nuala
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    What did you like most about Shadows in Bronze?

    I've read all the Lindsey Davis Falco series in book format. A previous attempt to listen to an audio of one of the books didn't really work - it was unabridged. The problem was that the latin names can be so similar that, even when reading the books, I find I have to flick back to the who's-who at the front sometimes to check who someone is. This version was FANTASTIC though - because it is acted out rather than just read you follow the story really easily. Also, because it is abridged some of the more complex layers of the plot have been dropped, but still leaving a great story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lindsey Davis? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Falco trying to take on his "head of the Didius family" responsibilities by seeing to his nephew's understanding of the birds and bees was classic.


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

    Laugh out loud moments.


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  • Miss A Martin
    Queanbeyan, NSW Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Buy even if you've got the book"

    I'm not a huge fan of abridged stories - I got this because the unabridged book wasn't available. However, it was so good I went back and purchased the first book in the dramatised version even though I have the unabridged audio book. The actors are great for the characters.



    If you're interested in the story, it's a great, well told mystery that doesn't get pretenious for all it's set in ancient Rome

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  • Pippa
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    1/11/13
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    "What is there not to like?"

    Very entertaining rendition of the Marcus Didius books - I loved the background noises and felt I really was in Rome. Loved it.

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