Books four through six in George MacDonald Fraser's uproarious best-selling Flashman series, now available in one audiobook for the first time.
Flashman and the Mountain of Light: 1845-1846. Given the choice between defending Britannia's frontier against the mighty Sikh army and pleasuring a ravishing maharani in the Court of the Punjab, Flashman knew where he'd rather be. Of course, that was before he found out about the torture chambers or the malevolent influence of the Mountain of Light....
Flash for Freedom!: 1848-1849. Flashman seems destined for the House of Commons until his political ambitions are scuppered by a crooked game of pontoon with Disraeli (with someone else doing the cheating for a change!). Forced to flee London, he boards a vessel bound for the United States - via the African slave coast. Before the odyssey ends, Flashy will encounter an assortment of interesting Yanks, including a New Orleans madam and a young Mr Lincoln....
Flash and the Redskins: 1849-50/1875-76. With charges of slave stealing, slave trading, false pretenses and murder hanging over him, Flashman is desperate to leave New Orleans. So desperate that when a besotted brothel keeper invites him to lead a wagon train of whores bound for the California goldfields, he jumps at the chance.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
To me, Flashman's voice is an older voice. The best versions of Flashman audio books I've ever heard are by Tomothy West. Colin Mace does his best but his voice is too young and not 'Victorian' enough.
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Where does Flashman and the Mountain of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best
Who was your favorite character and why?
Flashy - of course!
What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?
Fun, clear and just how you would expect Flashman to sound. Good accents for other characters too.
Any additional comments?
I've always been a big fan of the Flashman series. In the past there have been several narrators of the Flashman audiobooks but Timothy West was by far and away the best. However he only narrated 4 books (3 of which are still available on iTunes). I just couldn't get along with other narrators for the books I didn't have (Flash is not your conventional respectable hero but they read it like he was). Colin Mace is excellent. He gets across the character of the swaggering but likable bounder beautifully and the accents of the other characters are well drawn. This review also applies to the 2 other Flashman books Colin Mace narrates. Hope he will do the whole series.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The editor and audio technician.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashman and the Mountain of Light?
Descriptions of Indian life and history told in a memorable way.
How could the performance have been better?
Errors in pronunciation, extremely varied volume of delivery - particularly when Colin Mace ‘swallows his words’ at the end of phrases. This should have been spotted at the recording stage ?
Was Flashman and the Mountain of Light worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I won’t buy any more of this series, despite the fact I really enjoy the Flashman series.
Fun, wit, adventure, history and from a great perspective. Love Flashman, fantastic books and a great listen. Narration is absolutely perfect!