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In Roman times, the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World held a deep fascination. Two of them were in Egypt: the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Marcus Didius Falco's wife, Helena Justina, is determined to see them before her next confinement.

Conveniently, he has an uncle with a house in Alexandria. For this innocent reason (he says) they sail to Egypt. As soon as they arrive in Alexandria, a suspicious death occurs at the famous Great Library. The authorities rapidly hand Falco the investigation; he is, after all, the well-known informer from Rome and the Emperor Vespasian's fixer. He was one of the last to see the victim alive and, should the investigation fail, it is he who'll get the blame...

©2009 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Liz
  • 08-02-09

Brilliant Falco!

I am a relative newcomer to the Falco series of novels. My introduction to Falco was the BBC serialisations on Radio 4, of which I am very fond. However I have found that the unabridged audio books are so much better!

Lindsey Davis has managed to bring us another lively, witty and clever installment; with characters that are as fresh and interesting as in the "Silver Pigs", yet have developed and matured. Alexandria is perhaps not as laugh out loud funny as Saturnalia, but is an excellent listen all the same.

Christian Rodska's narration of Alexandria and the other books in the series, brings MDF, Helena and the other characters to life with voices that are just so right!

The combination of the novel and the narration make this a superb audiobook.

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  • Jillan Tavener
  • 11-19-16

my opinion....

Storyline not the best in the series and also felt narrator not the best Choice!

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 10-10-16

Best Falco story ever!

I love this audiobook- Christian Rodska does a proper job of narrating, unlike the rest (I'm not including the BBC adaptations in this; they're well done, just too short).
That loveable trio of rogues, Pa, Uncle Fulvius and Cassius, are together again, behaving wonderfully and hilariously badly, the delightful Thalia and her snake turn up, and the exotic and academic setting in Alexandria provide the opportunity for intrigue and cultural comment.
It's sad Christian Rodska didn't narrate all the Falco books, since he did actually perform- others just READ in a neutral manner and sound like they've never seen a tenement or poorer inner city area like Falco's Aventine.

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  • Mrs J M Beck
  • 08-05-16

Keeping up the standard

The usual complexity, told with humour, well-drawn characters and lots of fascinating detail, narrated with all the vivacity and excellent character voices we are used to from Christian Rodska. Now, where's the next one . . .

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  • Ronan
  • 04-08-12

Mildly entertaining

Having read several of the Falco books, I am familiar with the style and I like the Falco character. I found this book was mildly entertaining but without ever generating any great interest, I finished it because I had started it but I think I will skip Falco for a while.

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  • Rogayah
  • 12-15-09

Guide book?

Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy this Falco story because I found the guide book like comments spoken by various characters who previously did not do such obvious Herodatus footnotes boring and far too educational.

It is a pity that I have to conclude that Lindsey Davis has gone off the boil with her Falco series.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 11-16-17

Almost there is bittersweet

Another great story in this wonderful series. Thoroughly enjoyed this tale which, being the penultimate in the series, is bittersweet. I'm not looking forward to reaching the end but the silver lining is that I'll soon be able to start Lindsay's new series beginning with The Ides of April