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It's the first century AD, and Marcus Didius Falco, ancient Rome's favorite son and sometimes palace spy, has just been dealt a lousy blow from the gods: the beautiful, high-born Helena Justina has left him in the dust. So when the Emperor Vespasian calls upon him to investigate an act of treason, Falco is more than ready for a distraction. Disguised as an idle vacationer in the company of his best friend Petronius, Falco travels from the Isle of Capreae to Neapolis and all the way to the great city of Pompeii…where a whole new series of Herculean events - involving yet another conspiracy and a fateful meeting with his beloved Helena - are about to erupt.

Lindsey Davis' Shadows in Bronze is historical mystery at its best.

©2015 Lindsey Davis (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Give Simon Prebble a try!

Don't be put off by reviewers who bemoan the loss of Christian Rodska, who did the narration of the first book of the series. While Mr. Rodska's performance is not to be missed, Simon Prebble is an able and worthy successor. His performance is more subtle, but nevertheless powerful, and I think he's a better fit for Marcus Didius' wry, sardonic voice.

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Childish Melodrama

I mean, really ... I understand when men write women as weak and helpless but for a female author to write such drivel is rough. The main character is a misogynist dbag, the main female characters are fainting, sniveling or complete whores. The narrative is constantly interrupted by Falcos explicit sexual descriptions then wavering to page after page of swooning, bodice ripping "romance." This could have been such a good series. Disappointing garbage.

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Great series, great narrator!

As much as I loved reading the Falco books, hearing Simon Prebble read them is even better.

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Hard to understand

I'm not sure if it was the production or the narrator's voice but I found it really difficult to understand. For example, "ripe" and "ripe" were indistinguishable. So were "home," "hone," and "hope." I found myself pausing it a lot to try to work out what was happening.

The story itself was slightly too long in a way that was surprising for the second book in a series. I liked the character development but the main action dragged a bit in parts. Still, I enjoy Falco as a character so it was easier to be carried along by his dubious charms.

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The best of them all.

Lindsey Davis’ marvellous series has here her very best book. Intricate and rich on so many levels, and with a narrator gifted with sensitivity. An absolute treasure and delight.

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it's a fun okay series it's hard to follow

it's a fun okay serious it's kind of hard to follow the narrative is difficult because of all the Roman names and the lack of differentiation between the voices.

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Falco behaves like a morose teenager

Falco is supposedly 30 years old, street-wise and worldly, with 5 sisters. You’d never know that from this story, in which he behaves like a juvenile—oblivious, irresponsible, and full of self-pity. Some of the plot turns are hard to follow and less than believable. Simon Prebble is a great narrator.

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I love this series!

Great characters, great author, the reader a little inconsistent with names, but fine overall. Excellent!

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Bring back Kristian Rodska

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Simon Prebble's well modulated narration is NOT Falco. Kristian Rodska will be forever Falco in my mind!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too 'plummy' and plodding for the voice and pace of the book.

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Vivid story telling, narration a bit plodding

The author has a great sense of time and place and has done her research, which is deep enough to engage the listener well beyond the bare window dressing prevalent in too many novels set in this period. Have to love Falco's wry sense of humor, which is reminiscent of modern classic detectives without being out of place. At times, the pace of the story was leisurely and the plot is fairly complex, but this is a novel to be savored, not a racy potboiler with lots of heavy handed artificial suspense. I figured out the major plot twist before it was revealed, but that's because the author makes an honest presentation of the facts of the case and doesn't resort to phony deus ex machina to surprise the reader. The romantic aspects of the book may put off some listeners who are only interested in slam bam action, but I thought it charming & insightful
I found Simon Preble's narration to be adequate, but much too slow. I had to turn up the playback speed to 1.5x to make it listenable. The character voices were pretty well rendered, but Falco's first person narration was often not as quick and lively as the material warranted. There are several other well known narrators I would have preferred for this reading.