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The Ides of April Audiobook

The Ides of April: Falco: The New Generation

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Publisher's Summary

Falco: the new generation - Introducing Flavia Albia. Flavia Albia is the adopted daughter of a famous investigating family. In defiance of tradition, she lives alone on the colourful Aventine Hill, and battles out a solo career in a male-dominated world. As a woman and an outsider, Albia has special insight into the best, and worst, of life in ancient Rome.

A female client dies in mysterious circumstances. Albia investigates and discovers there have been many other strange deaths all over the city, yet she is warned off by the authorities. The vigils are incompetent. The local magistrate is otherwise engaged, organising the Games of Ceres, notorious for its ancient fox-burning ritual.

Even Albia herself is preoccupied with a new love affair: Andronicus, an attractive archivist, offers all that a love-starved young widow can want, even though she knows better than to take him home to meet the parents...As the festival progresses, her neighbourhood descends into mayhem and becomes the heartless killer's territory. While Albia and her allies search for him, he stalks them through familiar byways and brings murder ever closer to home.

The Ides of April is vintage Lindsey Davis, offering wit, intrigue, action and a brilliant new heroine who promises to be as celebrated as Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina, her fictional predecessors.

©2013 Lindsey Davis (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively...this is a great yarn" (Daily Mail)

'While this book is a departure from her usual Falco novels, the trademark charm, piercing intelligence and ready wit are as abundant as ever... dramatic and enthralling, all the more so for being full of historical fact. The characters are intriguing and three-dimensional, and the whole is told with a humour and insight which means the reader will find the book impossible to put down." (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 07-13-14
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 07-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Are women really that stupid?"

    The lead character is dumb. She couldn't think her way out of a paper bag. The climax of the story made no sense. I have read some of this authors Falco mysteries and they are much better than this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    6/1/15
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    "Absolutely awful"

    A vulgar and irritating 'heroine' who really drove me to distraction.

    I felt that the only relationship to Ancient Rome was perhaps some of the characters' names, and the street names. the behaviour did not seem accurate, and the awful Flavia Albia was unspeakably awful.

    Only made it to chapter 18 before I really could not take any more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    5/25/15
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    "Following in the parental footsteps"

    O.K., she is not Falco but still a good listen. Following in her adoptive father's footsteps as an informer/private investigator is, perhaps, a curious occupation for a Roman matron and not without it's own difficulties. But Flavia Albia has always been a feisty persona!city and manages to get involved in as much trouble as had her now retired dad before her. The story was somewhat predictable but still an exciting romp through the streets of ancient Rome.
    The reader is impeccable, becoming the voice of this lively, well brought up young lady as she recounts the whirlwind romance and more protracted murder investigation to perfection. Well worth a listen.
    But I do miss Falcon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • crowdance
    5/25/15
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    "Not as good as the dramatised Falco series"

    This is a good story, moves along at a pace. I had worked out 'whodunnit' early on though. And I think I have been spoiled into expecting the quality of an Anton Lesser performance. Having said that, I did enjoy listening and I would consider buying the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N
    5/21/15
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    "I'm hoping for more."

    This was well read and I didn't even guess until the very end. Just wished it had ended in romance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr GA
    UK
    5/21/15
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    "Interesting but predictable"

    Nice enough story with enough twists to listen out till the end. But ultimately predictable outcome both of who the protagonist is and the ID of one of the other main characters

    Don't think about it too hard otherwise you will reveal glaring holes in the substance of the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Buckinghamshire
    5/19/15
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    "the Ides of April"

    really enjoyed this story. I read a number the Lindsey Davis's other books and this one matched up well. the author is great at capturing the atmoasphere of ancient Rome and the mystery although a little predictable was very enjoyable. great naration from Lucy Brown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DR GILLIAN RYE
    5/13/15
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    "Ok"

    Good story but the narrator was too posh and made it all a little unbelievable .Overall though I enjoyed it and will probably get the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sugarmax
    5/12/15
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was just slow from the start and there was nothing to keep me interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    5/10/14
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    "Falco she aint"
    What disappointed you about The Ides of April?

    I was so looking forward to listening to this but what a disappointment. The readers voice was bland and despite several attempts to stick with it I had to give up.


    What was most disappointing about Lindsey Davis’s story?

    The readers voice.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A. C. Gyngell
    Greenford London UK
    6/13/13
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    "New Generation Falco OMG"

    This New Generation book of Falco seems to read like a girls/women own annual with some rude words n' phrases thrown in. Then gets lost in nonsensical feminine attractions/infatuation with Foxes, who've moved into the Roman metropolis to scavenge along with the other smaller rodents inherent in any densely populated ancient city, adding to disease spreading dangers of the day.
    While Lindsey has never been a latter-day Agatha Christie, she has, like Conan Doyle
    had the right genre and knowledge for success + the benefit of the right Narrator and
    the best BBC RADIO actors to help.
    Though I'm sad and dismayed to say it, with this one, she seems to have her slip showing, if not her skirt tucked in the wrong place.
    Although there maybe some female fans may enjoy it, I could not bring myself, after 2/3
    of the way through, to finish it

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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