The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.
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Far superior, the audio edition is perfect for people unfamiliar with British military history or many of the historical figures of Flashman's age.
Flashman's duel of honor, ( in which he fixes the outcome) which sets the ball rolling for his "heroics" in Afghanistan. He becomes the talk of military society and his gentlemenly conduct lauded when in reality his dishonesty saved his bacon from the fire.... the beginning of many such hilarious situations our protagonist finds himself in.
I have listened to many of his performances, and this one is just as excellent. Great voices in Mr. Cases repitoire.
Not just this audio Flashman but all in the "Flashman Papers" series!!!! Please bring us Flashman's Lady and Flashman in the Great Game and convert abridged into unabridged format.
The Flashman papers will take you on a rollicking adventure through the annals of British Military history through the eyes of a cowardly, bullying, lechering, and most of all hilarious British officer in the 19th Century. You are in for a treat!!!
Depraved. Cowardly. Funny.
To most Americans, the First Afghan War is a little known part of history, and it made me more interested in this period. What happened was horrific. The first part story was infused with comedy, but the second tragic part is pure spell-binding action. Under the circumstances, cowardly as Flashy was, I couldn't blame him for running for his life.
Flashman - it's perfect.
George McDonald Fraser's had the rare ability to create a likable "hero" who has no heroic virtues and every conceivable vice. He may be selfish, cowardly, and - oh, yes - depraved, but there is wisdom lurking beneath his cynicism. That said, "Flashman" is not for the prudish, the politically correct, or the faint of heart.
GM Fraser was a real historian, and a WWII vet, so he was the perfect person to show the real history of some of the most infamous battles of all time through a clever lense. Harry Flashman, the bully of Tom Brown's "School Days" lives a full life as the explemplary war hero in every famous military action of British Empire from the 1840's to 1900. Now in his 80s he writes a secret memoir revealing how he was actually a coward, cheat, rake and general cad. The papers, "discovered" in the 1960's later are raw, wry and very very real in its depiction of (in this the first episode) one of the most infamous, stupid and senseless military disasters, the retreat from Kabul.
This is the first audio book I have bought where I had read the book previously, but this and the 4th book of the series are my favorite books of all time. I would, on my more critical days give it a 4 because it did not incorporate the fascinating footnotes. However, upon reflection, I could not actually see how they would have done it. Still, I wish they had included a reading of the footnotes as an addendum, as Fraser uses them to add clarifications and minor corrections to Flashman's recollections. As many other historians have noted, the Flashman papers, though fiction could be used as history textbooks. American readers will be fascinated by the stories (not taught in our schools) of the various British military disasters, and the other novels dealing with US history will no doubt fascinate the British readers.
The charm of the story is the old man telling the story of the young man with all the remembrances and retrospective insights. The narration captures this well, though the youthful voices and female voices are not as convincing as the old Flashman and other senior characters.
Americans would have done well to have read this book prior to invading Afghanistan.
I'm a historical history buff and I enjoy taking my history with a spoonful of sugar.
I love the fast moving story line and Flashman, he just tickles me.
Flashy of course. Sometimes you get tired of the traditional hero and are in the mood for a Cowardly Rogue.
Narrator was perfect, he just seemed to catch the irony of Flashman in his intonations. I'm American but I found his English Accent understandable and just downright enjoyable
Try the first book.
Don't know how this series flew under my radar for so long! Caught a reference to it in Charlie Wilson's War (also great) and checked it out. Fans of Wodehouse and Patrick O'Brian will enjoy very much. David Case (who was also Frederick Davidson) narrates impeccably. No waste of a credit here.
Listening to this book I could imagine it a hilarious film .
I was surprise to discover that Flashman has been made a movie star in 1975
I think its time for a reboot
A joy to listen to and laugh aloud. An easy way to absorb 19th century British history
Harry Flashman, of course
it made me roar with laughter at it's complete politically in correctness
as Harry would say: 'health and saftey be damned'
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
Flashman is an historical Forrest Gump. He is everywhere the English were during the 1800's. What makes Flashman even more unique is the books are written in first person and Flashman is the antitheses of a hero. He is cowardly, lying, adulterous and hysterical. I find myself laughing out loud and also going to Google to look up a character from history or a battle that Flashman is involved in.
The Flashman Books are a cross between the Sharpe stories and Forrest Gump. When you read a bunch of these books you find Flashman in Afghanistan, India, American West and South. The other really cool thing is that you meet many of the greatest characters in Western History in his books.
Flashman is surrounded by brave men in a last stand being assailed by Afghan fighters. The battle looks hopeless. Flashman is cowering while trying to surrender and give up the colors.
If moved means laughed then many
I read the first Flashman book (this one) about 1970.
My initial reaction within only a dozen pages was - "This is the worst character that I've ever read about"! I was very tempted to toss it.
But I just had to keep reading to see what would happen next. How would he get out of some justly deserved punishment. Retribution might be a better word.
And he certainly deserved whatever he was to get!
And before I knew it I was hooked.
It's not only that the books are well written period piece's, but that it's fun to watch the main character get into, and barely survive, his self inflicted adventures.
I never looked back. I used to check the book stores for a new Flashman book every time that I went into one. I still have every Flashman book published in the US.
I've read this series over and over again in the past 46 years. And if there's one thing that I can say against this audiobook series it's that I'll have to buy them all of them again. :)
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