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The Accusers | [Lindsey Davis]

The Accusers

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.
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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. The senator is convicted but then dies, apparently by suicide. However, Silius hires Falco and his young associates to prove it was murder.

©2003 Lindsey Davis; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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"Jamie Glover is delightful as the indomitable Falco." (AudioFile)

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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-03-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "An Imperial Treasure"

    You can't go wrong with Falco. He wants to be a ruthless hard case but his tender heart won't let him....his tender heart and Helena, the love of his life! This case shows a more intellectual side to Falco. As usual he is bruised, but Falco also wins some kind of victory in the end. Jamie Glover does a fine job with the narration.

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-01-12
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Repetitive."
    What did you like best about The Accusers? What did you like least?

    This one had a plot hole.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lindsey Davis before, how does this one compare?

    The first 2 books in the series are awesome.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 12-19-11
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Not the best of Falco"

    I don't care much for Jamie Glover - there are better narrators in the series. My particular favorite is Christian Rodska. This particular book got tied up in the legal intricasies of Roman Law. It was really an inheritance case and all the scam the lawyer do to exact more money from clients and estates -- sort of the Roman Version of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. None of the characters are particular appealing and I felt the book dragged on way longer than was necessary. The author really padded it out and there was little meat in it. There really was not any suspense or mystery in this book. Basically I was prettty disapointed in the title and was bored with the book. If you are Falco devotee then you will marginally enjoy it. It you are just getting started with Falco go for Silver Pigs - more exciting -- or Three Hands in a Fountain.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Love this series"

    Falco et al, have developed since the start of this series. Mystery and humor are always there. Even though different narrator Jamie Glover did a fine job. Falco his wife Helena and the rest of the crew have developed since start of series. Davis always keeps you guessing. Love this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Australia 08-23-10
    Dana Australia 08-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen"

    My first audiobook in this entertaining series of books. Loved the story but felt the narration let it down, narrator could have put more effort into using different voices for the various characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Hurlstone Park, Australia 08-05-10
    Lynn Hurlstone Park, Australia 08-05-10
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    "Amusing"

    As always Falco is amusing and entertaining but not much action or mystery. Figured out the secret half way through.

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    Susanne 06-09-14
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    "Falco almost at his best"
    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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    ozgribbo Australia 12-26-13
    ozgribbo Australia 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Law and order - Roman style"

    Continues to build on previous characters. Gives an interesting look at the Roma legal system in a humorous vein. Good detective story - followers of this series will not be disappointed.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Love this series"

    Falco et al, have developed since the start of this series. Mystery and humor are always there. Even though different narrator Jamie Glover did a fine job. Falco his wife Helena and the rest of the crew have developed since start of series. Davis always keeps you guessing. Love this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Not sure about the reader/narrator"

    I'm a huge fan of The Marcus Didus Falco series. My perfect Falco is Anton Lesser, but I love the reading of Christian Rodska, who has the most fanatastic range of voices. I'm afraid that although I love The Accusers, Jamie Glover's voice just doesn't do it for me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Rugby, WAR, United Kingdom
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    "The Accusers (Unabridged)"

    An excellent roman mystery told in her usual droll fashion by Lindsey Davis. Falco, aided by his intelligent wife and her brothers weaves his way through the pitfalls of Roman law to solve another crime.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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