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'I was just a freelance hero doing his best in a hard world.'
The spirit of adventure calls Falco on a new spying mission for the Emperor Vespasian to the untamed East. He's picking up extra fees from his old friend Thalia the snake dancer as he searches for Sophrona, her lost water organist. With the Chief Spy Anacrites paying his fare, Falco knows anything can go wrong.
A dangerous brush with the Brother, the sinister ruler of Nabataean Petra, sends Falco and his girlfriend Helena on a fast camel-ride to Syria. Here they join a travelling theatre group, which keeps losing members in non-accidental drownings. The bad acting and poor audiences are almost as bad as the desert and its scorpions - then as the killer hovers, Falco tries to write a play.
©1996 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible Ltd
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By Derk on 06-08-17

weak plot and story

I was a big fan of the BBC didius falco stories. The one downside to the BBC version was always the fast pace with which the story was told and unfolded. For this reason I chose this full audio version. Unfortunately I have to conclude that this audio book really disappointed. The narrator was unconvincing (missed the different BBC voices) and the story was tediously slow. Unneeded chapters and poor plots. Also the ending was quite predictable. Perhaps it was just this one book from the series but the former fresh and cocky Marcus was replaced by a lovestruck blundering gentleman. Little bit like the new Bond movie remake. In all I would not recommend the book.

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By jane on 02-10-15

Missing Christian Rodska

I am a big fan of the Falco series, and whilst I'm enjoying the story I'm afraid the reader is very disappointing. For me Christian Rodska really has this character sewn up, he has made it his own. I have nothing against Gordon Griffin as a reader, he has a very pleasant voice, just not as Falco. I am missing the cheeky, wide-boy that comes across in a Christian Rodska reading

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By John L. on 03-20-15

What a let down

Would you try another book written by Lindsey Davis or narrated by Gordon Griffin?

Yes, previously I have always enjoyed the Falco series. The narration was fine, the story long drawn out and boring.

Has Last Act in Palmyra put you off other books in this genre?

No, I must assume this was written at a low time.

Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favourite?

Helena

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Last Act in Palmyra?

About tow thirds of the middle.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe I stuck with it to the end.

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By Anna on 03-07-15

Great Story, Wrong Narrator

I've loved the Falco series for a long time as the author has created a great set of characters, a rich world with generous helpings of cynical humour bound together by intriguing plots. I have all the audible versions read by Christian Rodska but unfortunately this narrator does not even come close.
Christian Rodska, who has narrated several other books in the series, is the perfect voice for the main character bringing Falco and the other characters to life. His pacing and tension really draws you in to the world and most importantly his comic timing does justice to the author.
Gordon Griffin however strikes the wrong tone, constantly mispronounces nouns, makes all the characters sound the same so I was often unsure who was talking and makes every comedic moment fall flat.
Even though I love the series I am hesitant to buy any more of the new releases I have been looking forward to because a bad narrator really spoils a good book.

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By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 03-03-17

A clever and entertaining series

Lindsey Davis has produced another great tale following Falco and Helena. It's clever, witty, dry humoured and utterly brilliant.
I saw a comment about the narrator, I can agree and have previously been scathing ....but I worked out the answer ..speed it up to at least 1.5x !! Gordon Griffin doesn't do too bad and I think he adds an air of sophistication and culture with his narration which is what the Romans were all about.

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