I do not know why Romans are always portrayed with a British accent, but here the graveled Cockney narration Christian Rodska uses is absolutely super..Show More »b. I love Audiobooks, and a good narrator can make or break a book, let alone a series. Here, both Mr. Rodska and Ms. Davis blend wonderfully. Marcus Didius Falco’s Rome is enthralling and his investigations through the political nuances of intrigue and deception kept me sitting the car listening well after I should have gone into work (playing on the car’s stereo, not headphones, I am a responsible driver). An interesting and fully fleshed cast of supporting characters helps create a world that is as interesting as it is believable. If only Audible would acquire the rest of the series!!!
I love this series. Great characters, intimate knowledge of everyday life in Ancient Rome. It's like taking a historical tour through the period with ..Show More »a street wise guide. Wonderful performance by Gordon Griffin.
A great detective story set in Ancient Rome where the city and its futons become s character in the plot. Falco feels like an old friend. A good perfo..Show More »rmance by Prebble although his accent mag be a bug refined. In some of the other audiobooks in the series, Christian Rodska gives a more textured performance.
A good mystery with well rounded characters & relationships mixed up with interesting historical references. The narrator as always maintains the hig..Show More »h quality we have grown to expect. I loved it!
I have read this series for many years and it is interesting to see how the fortunes (and character) of Marcus Didius Falco progresses. The narrator ..Show More »gets the sometimes world-weary Falco's moods over extremely well. The everyday life of Romans is painted well and the inclusion of Roman notables is handled well. Will continue to get as many of this series as I can.
Most definitely! Lindsay Davis' character Marcus Didius Falco is believable and likable. The story takes twists and turns that were unexpected and Fal..Show More »co's dry humour helps to glue it all together.
LIght hearted detective fare with a twist. These books are a great, well researched glimpse into the day to day life of a Rome which we usually view ..Show More »only through political or military glasses. The plotting is very tight and the characters grow on you as you move from book to book. Recommended for anyone who loves being set down in a fascinating historical milieu and knocking around for a while while unraveling a juicy murder mystery.
The narration by Christian Rodke is consistently excellent and adds a good deal to the charm of these books.
This might be the best of the series. It has the expected combination of fascinating historical detail, fall-down-laughing comedy, and the delivery o..Show More »f cliff-hanging action. The life painted here reaches up through the millenia and touches us as if there's no space between -- we'll all recognize the bickering architects and builders, the pub closers, the extraneous relatives, the salesmen. The narrator bothered me at first -- he sounds almost Australian, which seemed an anachronism -- but I got over it when I discovered how skillful he is. He truly understands Falco and his irreverance, his strutting, his loyalty, his irony, his common sense and his courage. Not good bedtime reading, though, because you'll be laughing instead of sleeping.
This is definitely my favorite in the series so far. It is absolutely packed with action, and less cliche. This series is often hit and miss but this ..Show More »title contains the characters at their most likable placed in incredibly interesting situations. Christian Rodska, the narrator, continues to be excellent and add great charm and color to these mysteries.
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 ..Show More »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.
One of the best parts about this book was the way Davis caught the standard annoyances of swanning around the country as part of a tour group. In thi..Show More »s case Falco's family group is chasing after a tour on which a young woman had been killed. Touring was quite popular in the Roman Empire during Falco's time and even now it is possible to find Roman graffiti on ancient monuments thus proving that the urge to leave some personal mark cuts across the ages.
Anyway there are shady tour operators, annoying and importunate guides, bad lodging, worse food and lots and lots about Greece.
The narrator does a fine job of giving Falco a believable voice.
Historic Rome Adds Nice Twist to Standard Mysterie
I like the Didius Falco books and will continue to buy them but I prefer Ruth Downie's Roman mysteries to these. You cant really miss that the Falco b..Show More »ooks are written by a woman (do not read this as a lack of action or violence) but Falco has all the traits of a romance novel hero. The characters have the predictability of sitcom stereotypes, but this can be a positive attribute when you want to curl up with a solid mystery peopled with familiar old friends. It can be nice not to have to sit through 1000 pages of an author torturing his main character, to whom the reader is quite attached as well. Plus, without too much gore and sex these books can be heard around mature children (pg13 ish).
Saturnalia is one of the better Falco books but I've yet to read one I've had any real complaints about. Falco is a good mix of gruff and sensitive and the holidays add the right amount of choas. You cant get better than Christian Rodska as a narrator, he definitely adds excitement and character.
Any scepticism that I may have had has been suspended with this wonderful and very well researched
story. The narrator helps to achieve this to..Show More »o. I feel that I am getting a priviledged glimpse into a world
long passed, whose storyline themes continue to be relevant and haunt the minds of people far into the future.
I love Falco. Such a wisecracking everyman in a Roman Tunic. I am fascinated by the life of Rome woven through the books without hitting you over the ..Show More »head with the research. The plots are interesting, the writing is wonderful, and Christian Rodska is the perfect Falco. This was the first I bought and I am completely hooked.