• The Graveyard of the Hesperides

  • The Flavia Albia Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Sarah Feathers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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The Graveyard of the Hesperides

By: Lindsey Davis
Narrated by: Sarah Feathers
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Rome, August AD 89. Flavia Albia, the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, has taken up her father's former profession as an informer. On a typical day, it's small cases - cheating spouses, employees dipping into the till - but this isn't a typical day. Her beloved, the plebeian Manlius Faustus, has recently moved in and decided that they should get married in a big, showy ceremony as part of beginning a proper domestic life together. Also, his contracting firm has been renovating a run-down building, a bar called the Garden of the Hesperides, where they uncover human remains buried in the backyard.

For years there had been rumors that the previous owner of the bar, now deceased, killed a barmaid, and these are presumably her remains. In the choice between planning a big wedding to-do and looking into a crime from long ago, Albia would much rather investigate a possible murder - or murders, as more and more remains are uncovered, revealing that something truly horrible has been going on at the Hesperides.

As Albia gets closer to the truth behind the bodies in the backyard, her investigation has put her in the crosshairs - which might be the only way she'll get out of the wedding preparations and away from all her relatives who are so very anxious to help out.

©2016 Lindsey Davis (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Horrible narration

This is the 4th Flavia Albia book, and we're on the 3rd narrator. I liked Lucy Brown. The second one was fine. I thought they both created a voice for Albia. But Sarah Feathers is truly awful. She is stilted, and so hard to listen to that I can't follow the story. Pick ONE (not Sarah Feathers) and stick with her!

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Dreadful narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

They have changed narrator for this book and I am afraid the narration was irritating (stilted, whining and colourless) to the point that it ruined the whole book. I don't think I can tell you who done it... because I stopped caring.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lindsey Davis? Why or why not?

Of course. I love Lindsey Davis books! I've read (and listened) to them all.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Feathers?

Whoever did the previous books!

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Disappointing narration

Sarah Feathers' voice was so clipped and irritating that I shut the book off several times, and finally listened at 3/4 speed. Part of the problem may be that I'm not from the UK, but I have all your other Lindsey Davis Audible books, and had no problem with them.Perhaps a more culturally-neutral accent would work better for your international audience.

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great story, unintelligible narrator

didn't want to miss the events in character's lives but narrator was incomprehensible. very disappointing

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This Reader Sucks

I can not image how this person got a job as a reader. Choppy, No feeling. Irritating non inflection. Got through listing once and even though it is on of the best Flavia Albia Mysteries I am probably never going to listen to this version again. I am seeking other versions with a different reader. Please reissue with a different reader!

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wrong narrator

This is the first Lindsey Davis book that I have listened to rather than read - and the narrator came close to ruining it. Even slowing the speed down to 0.8, I had a hard time understanding all that was read. I do enjoy British voices - the reader I chose for my Kindle reader is a Brit - I thought that this reading totally failed to find different voicings for different characters, I know that this is just my own fancy, but Flavia Alba's voice sounded nothing like what I thought it should be.I have listened to well over 300 titles, and this is the first time that I have experienced that (subjective) opinion.
As for the book, it started slowly for me - mostly due to not understanding all that was said - and picked up as the book went along. I like Flavia, but I loved Falco's character and Helena seemed the perfect foil. I do miss their presence. But Faustus is a worthy and necessary foil to Flavia, so that the interpersonal relationships in the Flavia series seem stronger to me than the first two books.
If it were up to me, I would recommend reading the book rather than listening to it.

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New narrator doesn’t measure up.

Lindsey Davis’ 4th Flavia Albia story is a small step backward. I cannot figure out if it’s the different narrator or she and the story. Flavia is much more spunky under the talent of Lucy Brown (Albia bks 1&2.)

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Prime example of how a narrator can ruin a book...

The first narrator in this series was perfect. The second was nearly perfect. The third... I had to adjust the speed to listen at all. In some places, she sounds like Mrs. Potts. In some, she just sounds like she is holding her nose. Maybe that is an engineering issue... but the disdain in her voice has to be her own. Added to that, it seems at times as though she is trying to work through a case of laryngitis. Her voice breaks upward and it sounds almost like a yelp.

I am assuming that it's the narrator that has totally changed the tone of the book... but the humor and fun is gone. It feels like a totally different author - and a snobby one at that - wrote this title and snuck it into the series.

If I had paid for this title, I would return it. Since it's included, I'll leave it in my library, but I won't finish it instead, I bought the kindle edition (although I consider it overpriced). The text-to-speech voices on my Fire are a little mechanical, but they are a blessed relief from this fingernails-on-the-chalkboard audio.

Personally - this title should be re-engineered or just re-recorded by one of the first two narrators. I think a better reader who understands the humor and doesn't screech would make a world of difference.

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Not up to standard sadly

I love this series but this particular story is not up to standard. It is — well
The only word is boring. It drags along tediously and it soon becomes impossible to care about the resolution.

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Narration quite good -

I was worried when I began this book as others did not like the new narrator. I’m not sure what they found objectionable. I think she was very good and I much preferred her the narrator of the first two in this series (Lucy Brown), who read with an almost constant giggle underlying her voice!
That being said, I’ve found all 3 narrators to be fine and not distracting from the stories.

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