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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Saylor Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Roma Sub Rosa Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464564
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The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion: Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra, and Julius Caesar has returned to Rome. The city abounds with rumors that Caesar will be made king. Gordianus, recently returned from Egypt with his wife Bethesda, is essentially retired from his previous profession of “finder,” but he cannot refuse the call of Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife. Troubled by prophecies of disaster and fearing for Caesar’s life, she had hired someone to investigate the rumors. But that person, who was a close friend of Gordianus, has turned up murdered on her doorstep. Calpurnia wants Gordianus to protect Caesar’s life before it is too late. Gordianus agrees to help, but only to find the murderer of his friend. Once an investigation is begun, however, there’s no controlling what it will turn up, who it will put in danger, or where it will end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The convincing backdrop of daily life in ancient Rome helps make this compelling whodunit a triumph.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Gordianus the Finder is a marvelous example of a credible early-history sleuth—sophisticated, cagey, and loosely attached to the shifting power structure of Rome in the time of Caesar…Fast-paced action, a deeply realized main character, and accessible history make this series first-rate on all fronts.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ralph Cosham performs this historical mystery in clear tones and subtle differentiation between the characters. Women are portrayed with light tones, while men’s voices vary according to their personality. In a world of intrigue and political unrest, Gordianus inserts himself into the lives of the upper classes, including Brutus, Cicero, Caesar, and Marc Antony. Cosham’s voice modulates with emotion while recounting Rome’s political intrigue.”

    AudioFile

  • “The tenth novel featuring Gordianus the Finder maintains the high standards of Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series…He [follows] Gordianus through the streets of Rome on the hunt for a killer who has murdered a friend…assisted by his daughter, Diana, a brilliant, plucky girl who sees clues he misses. The reader is treated to history and culture, including Caesar’s four triumphs: religion, divination, senatorial politics and conniving women. Narrator Ralph Cosham, a former British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor, has been a three-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He does not disappoint here in a full-voiced presentation. His female characterizations are superb. The novel is highly recommended.”

    Soundcommentary.com (starred review)

  • One of SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best in 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/15/2014

    " Like most of Steven Saylor's novels, the latest Gordianus the Finder mystery reflects thorough research. If Gordianus' character holds few surprises, his relationships with his family and known Romans (like Cicero) compensate with more depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance McMurchy | 2/14/2014

    " well, this one just felt tired. maybe Gordianus needs an afternoon nap - since he is getting old. After all the other books, this one would be the bottom of the Saylors' barrel. It seemed that histoty got in the way of a good story. And that magical realism bit, well, that came out of left field. the last book was a bit mystical, too. the book needed a spark, but the a mystical element didn't really work. Better luck next time, Saylor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yana Kennedy | 2/8/2014

    " A truly excellent book - sad to have finished the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ Cross | 2/5/2014

    " A fascinating mystery and an interesting look into the lives of the ancient Romans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/25/2014

    " Absolute Favorite Roma Sub Rosa book, and the last one, in no small part because they finally found a good narrator for the audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Errol | 1/18/2014

    " One of his better ones, if you know the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Cavenagh | 1/16/2014

    " Another thoroughly readable historical detective genre novel from the roma sub roma series. Vivid, intriguing, I particularly like the minor characters which apear like subtle brushstrokes. And with Saylor theres always a few homoerotic touches for the gay reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikson | 1/16/2014

    " I rather enjoyed this. I felt like this book was intended for those already familiar with Rome (and could picture it in their head) as there is not much description about the Roman city/culture, so it didn't seem to be in an "ancient Rome" setting which I expected. But still rather good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Wendy | 1/15/2014

    " Middle of the road read, the 12th in the Gordanius series....I didn't feel a lot of suspense, just felt like the characters were doing the same old thing. I'm eagerly anticipating the Roma Sub Rosa #0, the prequel to it all, out now...or soon, anyway :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Thrasher | 1/9/2014

    " Not the strongest in the series, but still an intriguing historical thriller. Every book in the Roma Sub Rosa is filled with intrigue mashed with ancient Roman accurate tidbits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/25/2013

    " I thought the series lagged in the middle, but Saylor is back in top form for this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C.E. | 11/19/2013

    " I know I am picky, but seriously, this read like a journalism class project on What Would You Ask Famous Ancients....with such juicy fact, the fiction should have been more fun!!!! I am done with this series. lost its spark a few books ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redsteve | 11/6/2013

    " An enjoyable read, but I actually liked the earlier books in this series better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 5/10/2013

    " Not the best of these Roman mysteries by far, But by Book 12 Gordianus has become an old friend. Saylor zips through Roman history at the time of Caesar's triumphs, imparting some good history, while he chronicles Gordianus's efforts to track down one last murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/9/2013

    " Nice to read after Rome, as both of these take place around the time of Season 1. Fun, not super-serious, though I imagine he's got all the details right. (Nominally murder mysteries.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ernie | 9/9/2012

    " I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/27/2012

    " My rating for this book dropped a bit because I had some difficulty with Bethesda's experiences in the Nile river. Wasn't quite sure what the author was trying to convey to readers. But the series has been very entertaining and enjoyable IMHO. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margery | 4/23/2012

    " This is a "formula" book - Gordianus the "Finder" is the detective trusted by the Roman upper crust and is the fifth one I've read. The three stars are merited by the research done to take the reader back in history and paint an informative picture of life around the Mediterranean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Hart | 5/19/2011

    " Really lost steam about halfway through. This was a Dan Savage recommendation. I'll be a little more careful about following his suggestions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/6/2011

    " I love Steven Saylor and this is his new "Gordianus the Finder" story so I am looking forward to this one in the new future. What a fun way to feel like you are actually walking through the streets of ancient Rome. These books are a time machine to another time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/25/2010

    " Not as good as the earlier books in the series, but still pretty good. Lots of interesting information about Rome when Caesar was dictator wound around an interesting mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 8/12/2010

    " Really lost steam about halfway through. This was a Dan Savage recommendation. I'll be a little more careful about following his suggestions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 8/4/2010

    " Lots of fun and I enjoyed the bit of history. I look forward to reading more Gordianus mysteries! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Errol | 8/3/2010

    " One of his better ones, if you know the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 2/28/2010

    " Another thoroughly readable historical detective genre novel from the roma sub roma series. Vivid, intriguing, I particularly like the minor characters which apear like subtle brushstrokes. And with Saylor theres always a few homoerotic touches for the gay reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/16/2010

    " Nice to read after Rome, as both of these take place around the time of Season 1. Fun, not super-serious, though I imagine he's got all the details right. (Nominally murder mysteries.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 7/25/2009

    " I am not sure what I expected from this book, but a history lesson wasn't it. It was well written and seemed to flow well but somehow just didn't entice me to go find another book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 7/9/2009

    " What a wonderful way to experience ancient Rome! Characters are well-drawn, fiction and fact are woven adroitly. Perfect summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flora | 6/23/2009

    " Saylor takes you through the familiar tale of Julius Caesar's triumph and a purported assassination attempt. Hope he continues this series; I never tire of ancient Rome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redsteve | 6/8/2009

    " An enjoyable read, but I actually liked the earlier books in this series better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 5/11/2009

    " I love books set in Rome, the Romans were such an interesting people.
    This book was a really good one. It was a mystery not just a novel, so the end wrapped things up a little to nicely.
    good book all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 2/9/2009

    " I love Steven Saylor and this is his new "Gordianus the Finder" story so I am looking forward to this one in the new future. What a fun way to feel like you are actually walking through the streets of ancient Rome. These books are a time machine to another time. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor is a freelance writer, editor, and the author of novels set in ancient Rome. He studied history at the University of Texas at Austin. Saylor’s writing has appeared in the Threepenny Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.