The irascible character of Harry "Flash" Flashman is compelled by various forces to join the John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Along the way, Flash encounters many characters who sport a variety of accents- Upper Crusty English, Scottish, American Southern, to name a few. This narrator does a good job with the British accents, and handles John Brown himself with aplomb. The whining, keening tone of Brown's rhetoric still resonates in my head. What the narrator does best is take certain phrases and make them immensely humorous. I laughed outloud at some of the well-timed comments.
I'd just finished Jane Eyre and was inspired to read more by the Bronte sisters when I chose this book. And, like Jane Eyre, it takes place in lonely houses on the moors. But the tone and tenor of the tale is very different.
There are some very unpleasant characters in this book. They argue, harrass and harangue each other. These disagreeable exchanges dominated the book for me, and made it difficult to listen to at times. Overall, though, I am glad to have experienced this classic novel, which is a touchstone for many modern authors.
The narrator was for the most part very good. She gave different tones and inflections to each character and seemed to be consistent, although there were times when I lost track of some of the characters. And, even though I think I am able to understand more "rustic" British accents than many Americans, there was one servant character who was overall unintelligible to me.
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