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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

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."

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 05-07-11

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • H
  • 01-06-13

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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My least favorite BBC Falco, but still fun

I have enjoyed all the BBC dramatizations of the Falco series, and wish they would do more! This is my least favorite story, but the performances are marvelous.

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Great dramatic adaptation

I really enjoyed this full cast dramatic presentation. I'd love to listen to an unabridged audiobook, however.

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  • Pippa
  • 01-11-13

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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  • Rufus
  • 08-30-17

Yet another great book by Lindsey Davis.

What more can I say about this audio book. Great story, great cast and an altogether wonderful experience. 2 hours 41 minutes spent in the company of Anton Lesser as the hero of our story... Marcus Didius Falco. Anna Madeley plays our heroin Helena Justina, a senetors daughter and above Falco's position in life.

If you've read, or listened, to any of these stories then you know what to expect. If you're a newcomer then...WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Seriously though, if you're thinking about purchasing this then start with the first Falco book/audiobook 'The Silver Pigs'.

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  • R. E. O. Connell
  • 07-20-15

Another triumph

These dramatisations are fabulous. Lindsey Davis herself has said that she is really moved by the depth and sympathy of the characterisations from the cast and it is easy to see why. Anton Lesser is perfect and Anna Madeley is a wonderful Helena. I have read all the books, which are enchanting and listened to these dramatisations whenever they've been on. What a joy to have them on this site.

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  • alison Reece
  • 08-11-14

Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would defiantly recommend this audiobook. It is both humorous and tender with a great plot line.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the main characters are warm and totally believable. Falco and Helena's playful jousting brings them clearly to life.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I could listen to the first five Falco stories over and over again. Anton Lessor brings Falco to life with his wonderful voice and characterisation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is wonderful listening. Consuming it in one sitting isn't difficult as you become engaged with the story and it's character's.

Any additional comments?

I just wish there were more than five audio books by Lindsey Davis in this format.

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  • nuala
  • 07-08-13

Very entertaining presentation

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
  • 04-13-13

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