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Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts & sewers. The Aventine partners are commissioned to investigate.

©1997 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susanne
  • 06-08-2013

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most definitely! Lindsay Davis' character Marcus Didius Falco is believable and likable. The story takes twists and turns that were unexpected and Falco's dry humour helps to glue it all together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Falco, with his dry wit, is easily my favourite character, although many of the others have significant roles in allowing Falco to manipulate his way through the story.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

As above - Falco - although Christian Rodska is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. He adds music, character and mood to the words. When he speaks for a given character, the voice is so different, it's almost as if a different person was speaking. Such a delightful man to listen to. I'm extremely pleased he's narrated so much of the series.

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  • ozgribbo
  • 12-02-2013

Latin detective work

Good handling of another in the series. The use of English dialects/accents was very good to differentiate between the characters and to set the tone. Will continue to follow this series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-01-2022

"Tell Helena I love her."

Marcus Didius Falco relates.another of his more macabre investigations undertaken with best friend Petro. After a severed and fingerless band is found blocking an outlet of one of Rome's water supplies and with no knowledge of how it had come to be there, the men are commissioned to put an end to such occurrences. Helena has recently given birth to Julia, their first child and the story is filled with the bustle and squabbles of family life, of wayward relatives and assorted Roman neighbours and ne'er do wells. The streets and bureaucracy of Rome under Vespasian brought to life in fascinating atmospheric experiencing.
Narration is by Christian Rodska, and is vibrant and enthusiastic, with individual voicing for the assorted characters, although all of his female protagonists have a verbal cartoon quality which adds humour but is nevertheless annoying. His performance is good but for me it is always Anton Lesser who is the true voice of Falco.

As always, three Hands in the Fountain is such a pleasure for any reader with a fondness for books set in this period - and a good mystery , as well.

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  • Peter Hungerford
  • 22-06-2021

dreadfully read

the audio actor seems to think that all of the characters Were Somehow Orcs from the Lord of the Rings I think

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  • DFK
  • 11-03-2020

I love this series

There isn't so much to add to the reviews I've written about the first 8 books in this series. I enjoy them tremendously, the characters are great, the plots are fun, and for this volume we are back to the first narrator. It does take getting used to a different narrator when he is switched, but Rodska is definitely terrific. So, start with the first book and just keep going. I know I will!

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 04-10-2015

Favourite Falco

Hot summer in Rome, a good mystery, and learn about Roman viaducts on the way.
Rodska is the best narrator, and he brings this novel to life. It is very straight forward and not as complcated as some of the other books in the series. Descriptions abound and it is an action driven novel that keeps you right up there with Falco.
Helena and her brothers are there, but more as supporting characters, leaving Marcus and Petro to lead the way.

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  • Miss
  • 03-12-2013

Mystery and intrigue in Ancient Rome

If you could sum up Three Hands in the Fountain in three words, what would they be?

Informative, imaginative and exciting

What did you like best about this story?

I love the combination and strength of characters, the way that Falco always seems to be thumbing his nose at all in authority and the historical detail which adds to the story rather than bogging it down.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

A natural reader with a wonderful voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I very nearly did!

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  • Gerrant
  • 05-09-2021

I love these books, but

It’s a great story, I really did enjoy it - took ages to get going though.

But does it really need the narrative to be delivered by channeling Eastenders? (Horrible gritty UK soap on TV for so long it’s now traditional)

Worse: it absolutely does not need the tone deaf, ‘Carry On’ movie style of representing gays as massively camp - along with voices - seriously it’s like have the 1970’s tv comedy back on.

Fortunately it’s not too prevalent

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  • miss s.l.m.r. hackman
  • 26-07-2020

Great listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, made all the better by Christian Rodska's reading. He brought all the characters to life.

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  • mr a bayley
  • 22-01-2018

Ruined by the narrator.

Another great Falco story but with too many comedy voices. Scythax is from the East and had a dozy Geordie accent. The census scribes were like Julian and Sandy from Round the Horne and too many other characters sounded like they should've been in a Carry On film. The narrator tried hard but didn't quite get what Falco is all about.

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  • Hevpais
  • 28-01-2017

story good, narrator not so much

The Falco story is, as always, excellent. 'Nuff said. However, I find this narrator irritating. He voices Falco alright, but manages to make all of the other male characters, or most, like cretinous imbeciles, using a voice worthy of the best TV sterotypical low intelligence low class moron. I constantly expect each speech to start with derrrrrr .... Almost put me off the story to be honest, and i love the Falco novels.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-01-2022

"Tell Helena I love her."

Marcus Didius Falco relates.another of his more macabre investigations undertaken with best friend Petro. After a severed and fingerless band is found blocking an outlet of one of Rome's water supplies and with no knowledge of how it had come to be there, the men are commissioned to put an end to such occurrences. Helena has recently given birth to Julia, their first child and the story is filled with the bustle and squabbles of family life, of wayward relatives and assorted Roman neighbours and ne'er do wells. The streets and bureaucracy of Rome under Vespasian brought to life in fascinating atmospheric experiencing.
Narration is by Christian Rodska, and is vibrant and enthusiastic, with individual voicing for the assorted characters, although all of his female protagonists have a verbal cartoon quality which adds humour but is nevertheless annoying. His performance is good but for me it is always Anton Lesser who is the true voice of Falco.

As always, three Hands in the Fountain is such a pleasure for any reader with a fondness for books set in this period - and a good mystery , as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-10-2021

Best narrator of Falco!

I do like the narration on this book. He's much better at portraying the man from the Aventine than the others.

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  • Dragon
  • 02-09-2021

One of the best Falco audiobooks

Perfect reading and really interesting story. The murders are dark but it is alleviated by the lovely humour and affection that pervades these novels. Loved the technical stuff about Roman sewers and water supply. Done with wit and very cleverly explained. 10/10 !

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  • ginger
  • 06-06-2021

Gruesome

Not so funny this time and you need a strong stomach or is that just me! Interesting detail about waterworks and how things worked then. OveralI, I prefer the more light -hearted Falco.

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