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Two for the Lions

Falco, Book 10
Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Series: Marcus Didius Falco, Book 10
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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"What did he eat last? Whom did he eat, in fact?"

Lumbered with working alongside reptilian Chief Spy Anacrites, Falco has the perfect plan to make money - he will assist Vespasian in the Emperor's 'Great Census' of AD 73. His potential fee could finally allow him to join the middle ranks and be worthy of long-suffering Helena Justina.

Unexpectedly confronted with the murder of a man-eating lion, Falco is distracted from his original task, uncovering a bitter rivalry between the gladiators' trainers. With one star gladiator dead, Falco is forced to investigate and the trail leads from Rome to the blood-soaked sand of the arena in North Africa.

©1998 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Audible Studios

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  • DFK
  • 13-04-2020

This series continues to delight

Halfway through and still delighted. The characters are great, the writing is superb, the stories are fun, and every time I learn interesting facts about life in the Roman Empire. For example, this time I learned that people spoke Punic in North Africa even under the Roman Empire. I also learned more about Roman methods of execution - and did some extra credit reading to understand why a person might be executed by being fed to a lion vs being crucified (not in this book). Let it not be said that the Romans were concerned about cruel and unusual punishment! And yet, they were so civilized in other ways. The book even has discussions about the value of punishing criminals in such a gruesome public manner in an arena, to the delight of the crowds. But to read about the bestiarii and yet find the book delightful in spite of the gruesomeness of it all attests to the talent of the author.

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  • Rob
  • 24-12-2015

Poor choice of narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As above. This is no criticism of Gordon Griffin but he just does not have the right voice for the character he portrays. It weakens the narrative.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lindsey Davis? Why or why not?

With another narrator

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Gordon Griffin?

Christian Rodska

Was Two for the Lions worth the listening time?

Have given up on it

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  • Donna mills
  • 16-03-2019

a good read

l love this set of books. it's well read and you cane see italy history

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  • ms.A
  • 29-01-2019

not another book destroyed by Gordon Griffin!

I have this book in printed form and enjoyed it., so I ordered it via Audible. his reading of the book, with its old man voice, has totally destroyed it for me. because he also reads another 6 Lindsey Davis books, I have not bought any more and want to give this one back. please re issue with ANYONE ELSE reading the book! PLEASE!!!!!!!!

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  • andy furkins
  • 02-12-2018

far too long.... this could have been cut by 50 %

usually enjoy the falco stories but this one is streched out far too much. unnecessary commentary especially in part 2. ruined an okay story

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  • Maks
  • 03-09-2017

Not the usual standard

There seemed to be a large section in the middle that was given over to background or scene setting. It just didn't move along at the usual pace. The start and finish were crisp but it got bogged down in the middle.

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  • Ron
  • 08-04-2017

Falco gets a partner

I this instalment Falco teams up with his arch enemy to make enough money to try and move up a rank, however a murder gets in the way, in this development of the Falco world. The change in narrator is a shame but not a disaster

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