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It is ancient Rome, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble. Known to many as the one man in the ancient world who can both keep a secret and uncover one, Gordianus lays bare some of his most intriguing and compelling adventures.

The House of the Vestals collects nine of the award-winning stories of Gordianus the Finder by critically acclaimed, best-selling author Steven Saylor. Filling in some of the gaps between novels, this delightful collection ofunique and unforgettable mysteries is Saylor at his finest - revealing the intrigues in the secret history of Rome.

In “Little Caesar and the Pirates,” Gordianus must act as a go-between for kidnappers, but he begins to wonder whois really being held hostage. In “The Alexandrian Cat,” a mischievous girl anda tell-tale sneeze reveal an ingenious plot of murder and thievery. In “The House of the Vestals,” blackmail goes horribly wrong, and there is no one to take the blame. These stories and more make up an engrossing collection of finely wrought mystery tales with all the suspense and craft that are the trademark of Saylor’s work.

©1997 Steven Saylor (P)2013 Blackstone

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Terrible Narrator

What made the experience of listening to The House of the Vestals the most enjoyable?

The stories are well written and dense with historical detail

What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

Mr. Cosham sounds like a 90 year old man. His voice is thick, hoarse and wavering. Gordianus is supposed to be a vigorous man in his late 30's, not an elderly, wheezing, nursing home patient. Also, Mr. Cosham CANNOT change is voice in any way to portray different characters. He sounds the same which ever character is speaking. Male, female, young, old, greek or roman- his voice never changes its quality.The only thing that kept me going were the interesting stories.

If you could rename The House of the Vestals, what would you call it?

A good bunch of stories almost rendered useless by a poor narration.

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Enjoyable collection of short mysteries

This is a collection of numerous short mystery stories. I believe they were originally published separately but brought together in this book. Their general timeframe of these stories puts them between Roman Blood and Arms of Nemesis, even though this is technically Book 6 in the series. These stories are quite varied. Some are mysteries Gordianus investigates and solves, others are more puzzles he figures out, and others are mysterious stories recounted by others. These are not edge of seat thrillers but gentle mystery stories. Saylor is a great storyteller and it comes through here as well. I am somewhat mixed about this Cosham as the narrator. Part of me dislikes the way he reads, but part of me thinks he voice suits the characters and story.

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this is the narration this book SHOULD have

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this is what listening to an audible book should be like. STORY>>nothing but story. thank you

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  • 12-19-13

Always entertaining

I ovve this series. Our hero is always cracking wise and making me guffaw with his self deprecating humor. Good entertainment, I enjoyed them all.