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Publisher's Summary

Harry Flashman - the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown’s schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross - has three main talents: horsemanship, facility with foreign languages, and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all. Expelled from Rugby for drunkenness, and none too welcome at home after seducing his father’s mistress, the young Flashman embarks on a military career with Lord Cardigan’s Hussars.

En route to Afghanistan, our hero hones his skills as a soldier, duellist, imposter, coward, and amorist (mastering all 97 ways of Hindu love-making during a brief sojourn in Calcutta), before being pressed into reluctant service as a secret agent. His Afghan adventures culminate in a starring role in that great historic disaster, the Retreat from Kabul.

©2012 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do – winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." ( Washington Post)

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  • Oliver L Dayman
  • 05-29-13

Excellent Performance, Mediocre Story

What made the experience of listening to Flashman the most enjoyable?

The performance by Rupert Penry-Jones was perfect. Very convincing as both Flashman as well as the dodery old Generals and Majors that pop-up throughout the book.

Would you recommend Flashman to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes - although perhaps not the easily offended!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Flashman's in hospital having the stories of his heroism recounted (all of which are false) and Flashman finding out the only person who knew of his cowardice was dead.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Meet Flashman, the Cowardly Cad

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  • Robin
  • 11-12-13

Best History Lesson Ever

What made the experience of listening to Flashman the most enjoyable?

The story telling is great and the fact that this is historically accurate is fascinating. The 1st Afghan war and the follow ups is a real eye opener on individual heroism and adventuring beyond known maps (of the time). All the more fascinating due to the current political climate.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Flashy - don't you know (says I). But the Sergeant is a close second with the Afghan nemesis

What about Rupert Penry-Jones’s performance did you like?

Rupert really brings the story and characters to life. Each is given their own larger than life personality. Expert story teller - have listened to Rupert's other Flashman stories all excellently done

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

If I could

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  • ReadingWild
  • 11-10-13

Flashman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Flashman the most enjoyable?

The weaving of historical /military events with humor, rich, brilliant nasty characters...you can't like Flashman - not that he cares - but you have to admire his ability to squirm and get away - just fabulous.

What did you like best about this story?

The merging of history (some not that well known) and fiction - somehow makes the real events more vivid

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

Turning this off midstream would have been criminal; indeed I'm sure Flashman would have roasted me over a fire for it!

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  • Micahel Hutton
  • 11-05-17

Spellbinding.

Follow the story of a cad through British Victorian history. Amazingly written, brilliantly narrated. However much you despise the hero you follow him with jaw dropping intensity through his various scrapes. Highly recommend.

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  • Jo Blogs
  • 03-30-15

Great fun!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if you have a sense of humour and like adventure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Flashman and his not so innocent wife....

Have you listened to any of Rupert Penry-Jones’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All good so far.

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  • Kwev
  • 03-13-15

Great story, read brilliantly

I've read the whole of the Flashman series a couple of times and am very fond of all of these rip-roaring stories.
Penry-Jones is superb, bringing every character to vivid life.
Highly recommended.

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  • Andy
  • 02-04-15

Start of a great series

If you could sum up Flashman in three words, what would they be?

Arrogant, selfish and a coward!

What did you like best about this story?

How he jumps straight from the frying pan into the fire in the effort to escape duty, honour and a fight!

Any additional comments?

Sad that the entire series is not on Audible.

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  • Ed H-J
  • 01-04-15

Fantastic, as ever. But where are the rest?

Magnificent! Fabulous! Fantastic!

But why oh why is there such a narrow range of Flashman books available?

Sort it out Audible!