Flashy, as he is known to fans, is once again at the center of pivotal historic events: the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in the 1880s; the Tranby Croft gambling scandal involving the Prince of Wales; and the aftermath of Rorke's Drift. Thrown into contact with assorted royalty, grand tarts, and political heavyweights, including Bismarck, Flashman observes the uncensored truth about some of the 20th century's greatest heroes and scoundrels.
©1999 George MacDonald Fraser; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
"This new book is light, clever, and comical." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." (The Washington Post)
A wondrous exception! An imaginative dash thru historical situations makes for an amazingly fast paced, humorous read. Took a few minutes to get used to the readers pace, and tone, but after that, really liked him, also. Not for the prudish, but sexual situations are well written, and in good fun, not some sort of thrown in appeal to teenage prurient interest. Check out Amazon for reviews of the author's other Flashman novels. Can only pray they will add his other Flashman books. Perhaps not Fraser's best, but excellent nonetheless. More humor than the O'Brian books, and as good, in their own way.
A worthy addition to the Flashman opus- though not the best starting place for newcomers to this series. Readers who love Sharpe will adore Flashie. Fraser offers a rollicking romp through history through Flashman's wonderfully jaundiced eyes. Irreverent, poignant, factual, bawdy, action-packed-- these books are a find.
I hope Audible will offer all the Flashman books so readers can start at the beginning. If not, read the others first, then enjoy this audiobook for dessert. David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) is the perfect reader.
If you have some sense of history and enjoy reading it you will love this book. David Case's narration is the best. Flashy is the hero that most of us would chose to be not the damned fool who goes willingly to confront danger. One hopes that the rest of this great series is added to Audible's catalogue.
I am a huge fan of all things Flashman, I have the entire series in both print and from Books on Tape. This is probably my least favorite book of the series and it is unfortunate that this is the only selection avaialbe from Audible, its not a bad book by any means, it just is not the strongest of the series. David Case IS Flashman- he has done a splendid job with all of the readings. I look forward to the balance of the series being added to the Audible Library! I also acquired this book as a tape from Books on Tape and the tape quality was poor- the Audible version is better.
Flashman remains my favorite series!
Flashie in his elder years is as much a poltroon and a coward as always, yet manages to be as engaging and audacious as ever. I loved these three stories (especially the one where his allegedly brainless wife manages to best all comers -- including Flashman). The narrator delivers a wicked take on the plummy dash-it-all tones of the old British General, yet has the versatility to do a sweet young thing, seductress, Oscar Wilde and others believably. Delicious!
This volume of the Flashman memoirs contains two superb stories (Baccarat & Tiger) and one that's much less captivating (the first and longest, about Franz Joseph). But all three stories are immensely enjoyable for one reason: the narrator has captured the voice of Flashman perfectly. He also does a very good Elspeth. I can only hope that David Case will some day narrate the best of the Flashman books: Flash for Freedom.
Not Fraser's best but awful good. I hope Audible gets more of Case's wonderful readings of Fraser's wonderful books.
All of the charm that made up the series seems to have vanished in this installment. Its like GMF phoned it in. Unlike prior Flashman books, this was more like a collection of short stories. Even David Case's voice was off.
Day of the Jackal
I loved David Case in all of the prior books I have listened to. But there was just something a little off here. I think maybe there was a big gap between his recording of the earlier books in the series and this one.
Honestly, boredom. I felt like I had a duty to finish this book because I had gone through the rest of the books in the series. In that regard, it was like the last Seinfeld episode
Flashman's jaundiced-eyed view of history is refreshing. If you are just plain tired of playing nice, Flashman's your man.
Case is the voice of my Flashman and Elsbeth.
Flashman stories cover Victorian and Edwardian England from 1820-1915. The historical research is accurate but your girlfriend might not like it.
I've read/listed to several Flashman books and this is by far his weakest. Three unrelated stories none of which are very good. The narrator who reads the other Flashman books does a better job than David Case. Can't really recommend it.
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