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Publisher's Summary

One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.

©1989 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Ancient Rome with a Street-Wise Slant - Fantastic!

Would you listen to The Silver Pigs again? Why?

I love this book and I love this recording - I have listened to it 3 times already and it's one of my 'go to' great reads when I am stuck on trains and planes for work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are all great - lots of depth, believability in the writing (I have all the Falco books and have read the series several times).

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

Christian Rodska's voice is perfect for this series: his voices for the cynical street-wise Didius Falco and for Helena, her father, uncles, emperor, etc are fantastic as well as the score of minor characters who have regional English accents. It's a terrific performance and he brings an amazing depth to this recording. I have listened to it three times and it's better each time.

Any additional comments?

Please can you get Christian Rodska to record the volumes from 2 - 7 as the one that follows after the Silver Pigs is Vol 8 and there is a lot to the series.

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Great fun!

A mystery in Roman times! This was a fantastic listen, with a lively narration that brought the characters to life. If you like the Amelia Peabody egyptian mysteries, I reckon you'd like this series too.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 10-23-11

Love historical novels

And I do love good mysteries. Lindsey Davis knows how to run time line and make characters so enjoyable. (I think Falco is great) I wasn't sure if this was the first book in the series, not all books on Audiable are numbered. What I do now is go to the authors site and check out the series sequence. I've already listened to two others in the series, "Body in the Bath House" and "See Delphi and Die". Each book gets better in this series. Can't wait to read more. If you enjoy good mystery and historical novels you won't be disappointed.

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  • Jesse
  • Ashtabula, OH, USA
  • 03-25-06

Pigs?

I thought this title would prove to be entertaining but I was wrong. The narration drones on and there is not enough mystery for a tale from this period in time.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-15

i love this book and listen to it again and again.

i reread this book regularly. it is a great story and it is read superbly.

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  • Q
  • 04-02-15

So so !

So so story and far to much building
However there is something I shall try book 2 and review again
Q

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-14

Lumps of English silver kept me rapt.

Where does The Silver Pigs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was fun and informative. It was a decent whodunnit with the added bonus of teaching about Ancient Rome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Pigs?

Probably the description of Britain as the dregs of the Empire.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile.

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  • Kelly
  • 10-22-12

Brilliant!

I love the Falco series, Lindsey Davis really knows her stuff - the history is very accurate. Christian Rodska also has the perfect voice for Falco! All the books are brilliant, but I particularly like those read by Christian Rodska as he really brings out the humour of the characters.

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  • M. Clark-smith
  • 04-03-15

Within 2 minutes I wanted my money back

What would have made The Silver Pigs better?

Never having written it.

What could Lindsey Davis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given me a refund?

Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rodska’s performances?

I would rather set my ears on fire

What character would you cut from The Silver Pigs?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

Awful, just awful. Cliched storyline, lack of character development - particularly women, whose entire purpose is to be objectified by the main (male) character. Dialogue so dismal it was irritating and plodding narration of dull detail "I turned left. She turned right. I turned right" performed in a smirking, 'oh look matron' style. The most annoying and pointless book I've bought in quite some time. Move on and buy something from someone who knows women can have a personality and not just nice ****.

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