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.
Flash Harry is back! The first new Flashman novel since Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, this is the long-awaited new installment of the Flashman Papers.
When Sir Harry Flashman, V. C., the celebrated Victorian soldier, scoundrel, amorist, and self-confessed poltroon's memoirs first came to light 30 years ago, the world was finally illuminated about what became of the celebrated cowardly bully from Tom Brown's schooldays.
Now, in addition to the other famous adventures of Flash Harry contained in the Flashman Papers, come three new episodes in the career of this eminent if disreputable adventurer. The title piece touches on two of the most spectacular military actions of the century and sees Flashman pitted against one of the greatest villains of the day, and observing, with his usual jaundiced eye, two of its most famous heroes.
As always with George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman's adventures are related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I have read Flashman since the first publication and can re-read them all, so I thought to give the audio versions a try. The first I tried was Flashman in the Great Game read by Timothy West. First rate story telling with a "lived in" voice; just right for the story and well read.The I tried Colin Mace,.... oh dear what a disappointment, bad inflection, wrong emphasis and pronunciation, and a voice thirty years too young; why on earth was he considered for these books I don't know, very disappointing.
How could the performance have been better?
A very different narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm sorry to say Colin Mace is a poor substitute for Timothy West in this latest batch of Flashman novels. There's too many mispronunciations, poor accents and a general lack of the theatre and comic punch I've come to expect from them. Not a great show all round.
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If you could sum up Flashman and the Tiger in three words, what would they be?
Entertaining. Educational. Well written
What other book might you compare Flashman and the Tiger to, and why?
The other Flashmans
What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?
A lot of reviews comment on how Colin Mace isn't as good as Timothy West etc<br/><br/>I think they are wrong. Mace is superb. His accents and diction are perfect. You can listen to these books for hours without getting tired of his voice.<br/><br/>He plays Flashman as the young to middle aged man that he is in most of the books, rather than some old duffer looking back.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes - but life got in the way.
Any additional comments?
As always - I learned something of history that I did not know and ended up going off and finding out more. The Flashman novels made me interested in many aspects of British history that I knew little about.