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One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.Falco finds out that Sosia, the niece of a highly placed senator, holds the secret to a stockpile of silver pigs, ingots intended for no good use. Hoping for future favors from Sosia's powerful uncle, Falco embarks on an intricate case of smuggling, murder, and treason that reaches into the palace itself. And if he does not tread lightly, the treacherous puzzle of the silver pigs could buy him a one-way ticket to his own funeral pyre.
©1989 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew F on 05-17-09

Wonderful adventure...

I do not know why Romans are always portrayed with a British accent, but here the graveled Cockney narration Christian Rodska uses is absolutely superb. I love Audiobooks, and a good narrator can make or break a book, let alone a series. Here, both Mr. Rodska and Ms. Davis blend wonderfully. Marcus Didius Falco’s Rome is enthralling and his investigations through the political nuances of intrigue and deception kept me sitting the car listening well after I should have gone into work (playing on the car’s stereo, not headphones, I am a responsible driver). An interesting and fully fleshed cast of supporting characters helps create a world that is as interesting as it is believable. If only Audible would acquire the rest of the series!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By DMHVetSurveyor on 06-11-06

Like stepping back in time.

What a concept for a novel. A private detective in ancient Rome. But it is very well done, great story line, keeps moving at a very good pace. The narrator makes each character really come to life. Will read more by this author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Broadland Wanderer on 09-25-08

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in First Century Rome!

I know of the Falco novels since they were first published. The research by the author is meticulous and adds weight and authenticity to a gripping story.

Falco, our hero, is a very believable character, and more than a little put-upon. He manages to take you, the listener with him as he negotiates his way through the various twists and turns of the plot, collecting a few beatings along the way, as well as imparting some telling insights into the realities of human nature.

I'm biased, I like the Falco Novels anyway!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carol Maher on 07-27-15

So enjoyable

If you could sum up The Silver Pigs in three words, what would they be?

Got it all.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Pigs?

The stable scene. Falco and Helena believe that they have made it home safely after the journey from Britain with all it dangers and stress of their relationship. They then have a hectic time escaping from attackers during which another side of Helena's character surprises Falco. They end up taking refuge in a stable with only a horse eavesdropping and their feelings for one another take over. This is the starting point for all the other Falco books. Though he is an informer and the plots are important, his relationship with Helena is so important in all the other stories.

What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

For me Rodska is the voice of Falco. He gives Falco the air of someone who knows his place. Has been there, done it all and expects it all to fall apart on him. His tone is easy on the ear but holds your attention. He changes tone and timbre in subtle ways when he voices different characters so that you realise the change but it is not jarring and doesn't deter from the story in any way.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book can provoke laughter as Lindsey Davis writes with lovely humour. She can also invoke great empathy with the characters which makes for compelling reading.

Any additional comments?

I borrowed this book on CD from the library some few years ago now and since then have read all the other books in the Falco series and bought them all in hard copy (this was before I joined Audible). I remembered enjoying The Silver Pigs and wanted to reread it as it had been the reason for my going on to read the rest of the series. I was not disappointed. I also realised that when reading the other books it had been Christian Rodska's voice that had been in my head as the voice of Falco all the time.

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