• A Body in the Bathhouse

  • A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery, Book 13
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 13th novel featuring sleuth Marcus Didius Falco explores the fervor of home improvement that's sweeping the Roman Empire and Falco's own household, specifically the bathhouse - where a body turns up.

Some things never change. With his new villa, Falco also gets a timeless headache: building contractors. After the departure of two shady plasterers, a rank odor in the bathhouse soon leads to the discovery of a corpse under the mosaic floor. Should Falco follow the culprits to remote Britannica? Despite the British weather (damp), the inhabitants (barbarians), and the wine (second-rate), Falco takes his whole family and goes. In veritas, Falco has another, secret reason for this exodus - his sister Maia has rejected the affection of a powerful Roman official, who vows brutal revenge. Now to protect those he loves, Falco must outrun an imperial enemy with a very long - and very deadly - reach.

©2016 Lindsey Davis (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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long, tedious, and boring

i struggled to finish listening to this book. However it was very good as a sleep inducer.

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Where's the ending?

I trudged through this one. There was some subtle humor and historical interest, but with so many characters I couldn't keep up with the names. It abruptly ended, seemingly mid-story. I'm still perplexed.

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Loved it!

Great book. Loved the historical context and the Latin root words woven into the storyline.

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The wrong narrator makes even a Falco story boring

I read and thoroughly enjoyed this book when it first came out. A complex tale with lots of excitement. This Audible version simply doesn’t do it justice.

Though I have enjoyed Simon Prebble narrations of other authors in the past, this narration is just not up to the mark. It is unbelievably monotonous, pedestrian and frankly boring There are conventions for the pronunciation of Latin derived names and to hear “Atrobates” pronounced to rhyme with rebates or reprobates by chopping out the last syllable is incredibly jarring There are lots of other errors and inconsistencies of pronunciation. It is REALLY sad when these (rather than the story itself) kept me on the edge of my seat.

Falco and Ms. David deserve far better.