I was the new boy, so they saddled me with the worst jobs. Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his best friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts.
The idyllic seaside location further complicates his seemingly doomed romance with Helena Justina. The deeper he probes, the more it seems Helena is inextricably connected to the elite plotters, in ways that the smitten Falco cannot bear to contemplate.
©1991 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible Studios
To be honest, I struggled to listen to this book. The cheeky cockney accent breathed a life and character in the performance of the first book anD I felt the loss with this performance. I feel the narrator could do Shakespeare well but this could have also been the first since it got better to finish well. Committed to the series and characters from the first book anyway so on to #3
"good story, performed by pensioner!"
this follow up story from 'The Silver Pigs' is wonderful, but the narration is now taken over by a man who is obviously elderly and has a trick of tailing off his sentences which robs the narrative of any excitement.
Falco and Helena Justina. because it is about their relationship and the tragedy which befalls
CHANGE THE NARRATOR FOR SOMEONE WHO SOUNDS YOUNG!
it's already got a whole library of follow ups.
just change the narrator. Gordon Griffin sounds like a nice guy, but his narration robs the story of any emotion.
Enjoyed the story but prefer Christian Rodska as narrator - he sounded more realistic. Will definitely read more by this author.
"Not Falco with this narrator."
Couldn't cope with the change of narrator from the impeccable Christian Rodska. Dull and lacking character after his cheeky verve in Silver Pigs. Returned to Audible.
Will have to continue my binge reread on paper till I get to where Rodska takes over again.
"Bring back Christian Rodska"
I enjoyed the story - the quirks of Falco's character voice and the vividly real people and places he encounters.
I missed Christian Rodska so much, though. He was the perfect voice of Falco in the first volume.
Characterization; sense of time and place.
Dull. Old. Errors.
Yes, but it would be a spoiler to say who gets hurt.
I did like Falco's care of the less fortunate - his seemingly endless family, and especially the sacred goat.
If Lindsey has any input on the choice of narrator, please, I beg her to insist on Christian Rodska.
"Falco needs luck"
Falco is an idiot without a good woman in his life.
Good clear reader. Gets better as the book goes on
Laugh cry and annoy at times.
I know Lindsey has gone on to write books about Falco's daughter, but you can't beat Falco.
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