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Fresh from his trip to Britain, Falco needs to re-establish his presence in Rome. A minor role in the trial of a senator entangles him in the machinations of Silius Italicus and Paccius Africanus, two real-life lawyers at the top of their trade. These notorious ex-consuls play a dangerous game, where success brings rich pickings but a mistrial or a wrong verdict entails huge financial penalties. The senator is convicted but then dies, apparently by suicide. However, Silius hires Falco and his young associates to prove it was murder.
©2003 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Jamie Glover is delightful as the indomitable Falco." (AudioFile)

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Wadie
  • Santa Ana, CA, United States
  • 10-03-09

An Imperial Treasure

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 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phillip
  • Virginia Beach, VA, United States
  • 10-01-12

Repetitive.

What did you like best about The Accusers? What did you like least?

This one had a plot hole.

If you’ve listened to books by Lindsey Davis before, how does this one compare?

The first 2 books in the series are awesome.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not the best of Falco

I don't care much for Jamie Glover - there are better narrators in the series. My particular favorite is Christian Rodska. This particular book got tied up in the legal intricasies of Roman Law. It was really an inheritance case and all the scam the lawyer do to exact more money from clients and estates -- sort of the Roman Version of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. None of the characters are particular appealing and I felt the book dragged on way longer than was necessary. The author really padded it out and there was little meat in it. There really was not any suspense or mystery in this book. Basically I was prettty disapointed in the title and was bored with the book. If you are Falco devotee then you will marginally enjoy it. It you are just getting started with Falco go for Silver Pigs - more exciting -- or Three Hands in a Fountain.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 10-29-11

Love this series

Falco et al, have developed since the start of this series. Mystery and humor are always there. Even though different narrator Jamie Glover did a fine job. Falco his wife Helena and the rest of the crew have developed since start of series. Davis always keeps you guessing. Love this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dana
  • Australia
  • 08-23-10

A good listen

My first audiobook in this entertaining series of books. Loved the story but felt the narration let it down, narrator could have put more effort into using different voices for the various characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Hurlstone Park, Australia
  • 08-05-10

Amusing

As always Falco is amusing and entertaining but not much action or mystery. Figured out the secret half way through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Read This Yourself

I love these stories. Falco has been a part of my imagination of Rome for decades. Albia continues with her own adventures. I listened to this and am finishing See Delphi and Die but I am done with Audible Falco.

I just can't listen to the guy reading the text. If he was the choice of Lindsay Davis then I am glad there are no series based on the books. I cannot site examples because almost all of the characters are inaccurately conceived and performed.

I will save Falco for rainy nights and weekends and find something else for my commute.

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Falco needs to retire to the country

Predictable-this reads, in my opinion as if the author was under pressure to"churn" out a manuscript and she did it by the numbers

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Falco almost at his best

What did you love best about The Accusers?

Lindsay Davis's Marcus Didius Falco is a very likable character who gets into scrapes whilst solving crime in the Vespasian Roman Empire. This volume is a little last active than the others, with intrigue more in the courtroom than in the streets. I think the plot unfolds more lazily that many of the other Falco books but is, never-the-less, a great yarn.

You can read any book independently of the others but they are better in order as past events are occasionally referenced.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Jamie Glover reads the book well but his voice is too clean for the rugged ex-soldier that Falco's meant to be, so doesn't sit well. His range of character voices is also less distinct than the previous narrator. No-one compares to Christian Rodska for Falco who's accent, gravelly voice and character voices are sublime for this series.

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  • Anne
  • 12-13-10

Not sure about the reader/narrator

I'm a huge fan of The Marcus Didus Falco series. My perfect Falco is Anton Lesser, but I love the reading of Christian Rodska, who has the most fanatastic range of voices. I'm afraid that although I love The Accusers, Jamie Glover's voice just doesn't do it for me.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mary
  • 01-23-06

The Accusers (Unabridged)

An excellent roman mystery told in her usual droll fashion by Lindsey Davis. Falco, aided by his intelligent wife and her brothers weaves his way through the pitfalls of Roman law to solve another crime.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Hevpais
  • 02-15-17

Good, but not my favourite

Storyline was enjoyable as usual, but this is my least favourite so far. For my liking, way too much of the narrative was in the form of reports and court episodes, especially the former. It almost felt that it had been done in a rush and the reports were a quick fix. Narrator ok, but some of the pronunciations were not as i imagine them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Smallbo
  • 12-14-16

Not the best Falco novel

Having listened to the BBC plays its seems very wrong to have this narrator as Didius Falco. The voice is far too refined. I found that there was far too much talk and not enough action in this book . Its my least favourite of the Falco series, with way too much detail of Roman law.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 11-16-15

Law & Order Rome

Roman law was very complex and lawyers long winded and opportunistic - see Cicero and successors! - which allows both twists in plot and humour. This novel has a more domestic setting than many of Falco's adventures, especially those abroad, but it's not just a 1st century "Aga Saga". It seems to need more focussed attention than some, and I do wish it had had been broken into the short chapters of the book, not long, random tracts, where it's hard to navigate if you need to go back.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 07-25-15

Familiar and yet different

Falco is back in the familiar surroundings of Rome, but in focusing on one legal case, this book is quite different to the others. I enjoyed it, quickly getting used to the change in narrator. Jamie Glover tends more towards reading rather than performing, but this suited the story, and is perhaps why the change of narrator didn't bother me, as familiar characters didn't suddenly acquire strange new accents.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark H
  • 05-22-15

Enjoyable with insights in Roman Legal System

At first listening I found this hard going but I love the Falco series and gave this novel a second go. I now love this story but it's slightly different to the others in that it is solely centred on one family and the ongoing various court cases.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Angie
  • 09-12-18

My favourite falco

This is my favourite of the falco series and the audio version looses none of the flavours of voice and delivery that I'd imagined from reading.

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  • Seafr
  • 11-11-16

So so

What made the experience of listening to The Accusers the most enjoyable?

The story

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Quite a simple plot and a bit different for Falco

How could the performance have been better?

More differential between the voices

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

No

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  • Karyn
  • 01-15-15

Great listen as usual

Again a great plot and narration at times made me feel I was there, always enjoy Falco books they never let me down great entertainment, and listening on audio is a god send as eyesight not as good as when I started following these stories .