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Extended Audio Sample Saturnalia: A Marcus Didius Falco Novel, by Lindsey Davis Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (877 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lindsey Davis Narrator: Christian Rodska Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries Release Date:
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It is the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. The days are short, the nights are for wild parties. A general has captured a famous enemy of Rome and brings her home to adorn his triumph as a ritual sacrifice. The logistics go wrong: she acquires a mystery illness—then a young man is horrendously murdered and she escapes from house arrest.

Marcus Didius Falco is pitted against his old rival, the chief spy Anacrites, in a race to find the fugitive before her presence angers the public and makes the government look stupid. Falco has other priorities, for Helena’s brother Justinus has also vanished, perhaps fatefully involved once more with the great lost love of his youth.

Against the riotous backdrop of the season of misrule, the search seems impossible—and only Falco appears to notice that some dark agency is bringing death to the city streets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davis has mastered the art of…blending humor with history.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Davis does her usual sound job of bringing first-century Rome to life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Davis serves up a huge cast of characters and colorful descriptions of daily life in Saturnalia…Sure to please readers with an affinity for ancient history.”


  • “The latest entry in Davis’s long-running series boasts a straightforward mystery along with her usual double helping of historical detail.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 2/20/2014

    " Not up to her usual standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/18/2014

    " I think this is one of her better books. Maybe because I did not care that much about the last one. I think I have read all of the series up to this book. I usually read them on the way home on the bus. This one I just finished off after getting home from a grueling day at work. You learn a little more about Roman history as you read the books and it seems to be more or less accurate from what I have read from official histories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 2/10/2014

    " It's been several years since I have read a Marcus Didus Falco mystery, and I still love it. One thing I noted as well, if you have not read any of the earlier books you will still enjoy this one, it is a stand alone and well done. I actually listed to a Sound Library recording narrated by Christian Rodska who had a superb voice for the role. Don't want to give anything away, but if you want a light read and enjoy old literary friends, then consider this book, especially towards Christmas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Genevieve | 2/2/2014

    " Not the best Falco mystery I have read - the ending wraps up the main story nicely but some of the subplots are brought to an overly hasty and too convenient end. "

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