The Silver Pigs

A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery
Narrated by: Christian Rodska
Series: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Silver Pigs is the classic novel that introduced people around the world to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently inconvenient drive for justice.

When Marcus Didius Falco encounters the young and very pretty Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately that there is something amiss. When she confesses that she is fleeing for her life, Falco offers to help her and, in doing so, gets himself mixed up in a deadly plot involving stolen ingots, dangerous and dark political machinations, and, most hazardous of all, one Helena Justina - a brash, indomitable senator's daughter connected to the very traitors that Falco has sworn to expose.

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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Excellent Narrator, Good Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story was entertaining, if not complex.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent narrator, he brought Falco to vivid life.

Was The Silver Pigs worth the listening time?

I listen to books during my commute. This was a good choice as I could easily pick up the story if I zoned out for a few minutes, and I was able to keep track of the characters by ear with no problem.

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Really great!

Engaging protagonist who is also our narrator. I can't wait to read the next one!

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Mystery and murder in Ancient Rome

Over all a fun listen. I have already purchased many of the following books. Lots of fun to be had by all!

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Fun way to learn political and cultural history

Silver Pigs is only the beginning. Falco has a rough exterior but a soft heart.

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interesting story worty a listen

a nice story and good performance with a lot of geographical references that makes the story come to life more

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Completely brillant

My favorite out of 400+ audio tapes. The narrator and the text are brilliant together. The narrators pace rolls along as if it is second nature to have each word and thought totally appropriate tho the moment. It doesn't get better than this for subtle, humorous, vivid depiction of historical fiction.

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Great Story

I love a happy ending! I actually had problems with the voice of the reader. I expected something a bit more refined. But he managed all the characterizations and made it work.

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Warning, next book in series not available in US

Disappointing not to have next in series. I would not have purchased first had I known.

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Didn't do it for me

I found that the attempt to shoehorn Raymond Chandler style hardboiled detective fiction into ancient Rome was contrived and forced and generally annoying. (Also, it kept reminding me of the old Wayne and Shuster bit "Rinse the Blood off My Toga," which was the same basic idea, but INTENDED to be comedy.) I know it's a popular series, and on the plus side it does seem to have quite a lot of offhand references to actual Roman history, which is interesting-ish, I guess, but it didn't float my particular boat. Others may (and obviously do) feel differently.

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Excellent

Nicely read with characterization throughout. Interesting choice of inflection for the female characters. I'll but another.