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Flashman: Flashman, Book 1 | [George MacDonald Fraser]

Flashman: Flashman, Book 1

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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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.

©2012 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    ScubaTurtle Turks and Caicos, B.W.I. 12-17-12
    ScubaTurtle Turks and Caicos, B.W.I. 12-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flashman to be better than the print version?

    Far superior, the audio edition is perfect for people unfamiliar with British military history or many of the historical figures of Flashman's age.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashman?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of David Case’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of his performances, and this one is just as excellent. Great voices in Mr. Cases repitoire.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jones Sebring, FL 12-17-12
    S. Jones Sebring, FL 12-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The Perfect Antidote to Political Correctness"
    If you could sum up Flashman in three words, what would they be?

    Depraved. Cowardly. Funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by David Case – was your favorite?

    Harold Flashman


    If you could rename Flashman, what would you call it?

    Flashman - it's perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    brett new york, NY, United States 05-05-13
    brett new york, NY, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Homemaker Dad

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    "Flashman = Basil Faulty and Indiana Jones"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 12-24-13
    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to Flashman the most enjoyable?

    A joy to listen to and laugh aloud. An easy way to absorb 19th century British history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Flashman, of course


    Which character – as performed by David Case – was your favorite?

    the above


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

    it made me roar with laughter at it's complete politically in correctness


    Any additional comments?

    as Harry would say: 'health and saftey be damned'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 12-10-13
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 12-10-13 Member Since 2002

    E-Bike Enthusiast

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    "Cads, rogues, and a Little History-"
    What did you love best about Flashman?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flashy of course. Sometimes you get tired of the traditional hero and are in the mood for a Cowardly Rogue.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Try the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan APEX, NC, United States 08-18-13
    Jonathan APEX, NC, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Its Aubrey/Maturin meets Jeeves and Wooster"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 08-04-13
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Real history, real drama, real comedy"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-30-13
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "If you love History and Rogues you will love Flash"
    What made the experience of listening to Flashman the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Flashman to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If moved means laughed then many


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-04-14
    Andrew Stone San Diego 06-04-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Spoof on Historical British Military and Culture."
    Any additional comments?

    If you ever read books of this genre like the Sharpe's Rifles Series or The Horatio Hornblower Series the hero is so "Grand", but Flashman in this book is the anti-hero.

    So funny even though it has dark shocking humor.

    It is like a tabloid talk show, total trash.

    I continued to read it is to see what the jerk (Flashman) will do next.

    Very discussing, vulgar. Like a loud fart in a quite church.

    Definitely "guy" humor only!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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