From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia in her fourth novel.
Life is sweet for Flavia Albia and her soon-to-be husband Faustus. But his new job as a building contractor runs into a problem: At the Garden of the Hesperides a barmaid went missing years before; now the workmen start unearthing her bones.
Albia takes on the task of finding out what happened. Five more skeletons are discovered. Despite the fact that nobody seems to know or care who died, violent attempts are made to stop her enquiries.
Soon Albia is exploring the world of Roman streetlife, where bars are brothels, workers lead brutal lives, foreigners are muscling in on the gambling syndicates, and extortion is commonplace. What's more there's little time to solve the mystery before the wedding day when Albia is expected to show Rome that her affair with Manlius is a much more than a casual fling. The gods, however, have other ideas....
©2016 Lindsey Davis (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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"Why change narrator!!! The latest is awful"
Why change narrator!!! The latest is awful . She sounds dull and uninterested. Why oh why
"Great story, shame about the narration"
I'm firmly in the 'can't beat a Lindsey Davis' camp; here is another layered, twisting plot played out against an evocative, insightful landscape. Hooray for a Roman post-feminist heroine and interesting female characters!
Such a shame the narration was so flat, Sarah Feathers sounding for all the world like a bored and distracted Kirsty Allsop. It meant that I frequently tuned out and had to re-listen to big sections at a time. Audio books are immensely valuable to me as something to listen to whilst doing something else - driving, housework, etc, so the narration as well as plot has to capture me; Lucy Brown and Jane Collingwood both managed it admirably in the previous tales of Flavia Albia. I'd happily cough up for a retake, Audible...?
"Poor narrator distracted from the story"
Lucy Brown, who did the first 2 Flavia Albia stories
I struggled to get past the poor narration. The different voices sounded like someone fresh from drama school, the mens' voices particularly poor. Need to listen to the book again to pick up the fine details of the story. Or maybe just read it in book format.
What a shame, because Lindsey Davies really gives us a taste of Roman life for women and the lower orders, which is where I would have been!
Usual entertaining and gripping tale of Albia and her man BUT why have you changed the reader?
This one seems unaware of punctuation and couldn't even pronounce 'oregano' properly.
"Great story but really difficult to listen to!"
I love Lyndsey Davis, and have enjoyed all of her publications on audiobook. The graveyard of Hesperides did not disappoint. However, the narration was so difficult to follow. It felt like sentences were being read as as a series of statements rather than having any flow, and it was difficult to distinguish between characters resulting in having to repeat sections. Frustrating as it distracted me from the storyline which was good!
All I would expect of Lindsey Davis. Humour and intelligence an absorbing read. I look forward to the next book.
"Beware the narrator"
No - I would get the book to avoid the narrator
Not convinced she was actually aware that she was telling a story.
Inability to read a sentence without pausing half way through, with undramatic effect.
Poor ability to do different character voices.
Sounding incredibly bored and as if she is falling asleep.
Slowing down through passages.
Please please please don't let her narrate any other books!
"A good story ruined by the narrator"
I was doubtful about the narration from the sample but since I had all the other Albia books on audio I bought this one in the hope that I would get used to the voice. Instead, I find the voice grates the more I hear it. The bored, sharp tones of a termagent-in-the-making are not appropriate for Flavia Albia.
The Ides of April - the first of the Albia series read by a narrator who understands the characters and produces a good variety of "voices" that are convincing.
A less harsh tone and an appearance of interest in the narration.
Disappointment and irritation.
I hope that the next Albia book will be read by someone other than Sarah Feathers. My preference is for the narrator of Ides of April.
"Spoiled by poor narrator"
The plot twists and turns are typical of Lindsey Davis. However, it seemed to take a very long time of nothing much happening before we got to the 'bones' of the story. I also found the narrator to be just awful. As other reviewers have said - she sounds bored and uninterested.
I have read all of the Falco Series and enjoyed them very much. I don't think that the Flavia Alba books work quite as well because Ms Davis seems to spend a lot of time telling us about her poor start in life.
Almost anyone else !!!!
I suspect that there will be many more Flavia Alba books
I have read, with huge enjoyment, all the Falco books and was looking forward to the first of the Flavia Albia series. This disappointed me, somewhat, but I but that down to being so invested in the Falco stories that nothing would be as good. Then I joined Audible and decided to try again. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it or not as I abandoned it after persevering to chapter 13. The narration was so appalling that what might have been a good story was ruined. Ms Feathers has a breathy, childlike voice totally unsuited to the character of Flavia.
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