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.
When our hero Flashman accepts an invitation from his old enemy, Tom Brown of Rugby, to join in a friendly cricket match, he does not suspect that he is letting himself in for the most desperate game of his scandalous career.
What follows is a deadly struggle that sees him scampering from the hallowed wicket of Lord's to the jungle lairs of Borneo pirates, from a Newgate hanging to the torture pits of Madagascar, and from Chinatown's vice dens to slavery in the palace of the female Caligula herself, Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar.Had he known what lay ahead, Flashman would never have taken up cricket seriously.
Excellent story as with all Flashman books, but slightly spoiled by the performance. The narrator alternated between very softly spoken and very loud, which made it difficult or impossible to listen to in the car, on earphones etc. A pity, because he was otherwise quite good.
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What did you like most about Flashman's Lady?
Great evocation of early cricket matches and, as ever, GMF knows how to pace a book. It's a great shame the actor reading it isn't any where near good enough. Wrong voice and some awful reading gaffes [ doesn't anyone monitor the recordings ]
Get Timothy West to read them.I heard the best Flashman [ for me ] F in the Great Game
read by him and the voice is spot on.
How could the performance have been better?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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What would have made Flashman's Lady better?
Unfortunately the narrator would have been better reading Wind in the Willows,
Wrong voice, wrong pauses,
Has Flashman's Lady put you off other books in this genre?
No I will check who the reader is.....
What didn’t you like about Colin Mace’s performance?
Sorry but no, wrong voice
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flashman's Lady?
too much telling,
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
More splendidly politically incorrect yarns from the Flashman papers. Wonderfully narrated, and meticulously researched. This is peak Flashman. For the first time in the series, we get to hear things from Elspeth’s perspective. Elspeth being Mrs Flashman. This innovation adds a whole new level of intrigue and humour.
As always excellent I've read them all but better in audio will buy others mmmm
Colin Mace does his best, but gets a lot of proper nouns wrong, and has no clue about holding a tune when called on to sing.
This is up to the usual high standard of the Flashman tales. Great fun, and as usual the coward and cad performs heroically!
I have very quickly come to love the Flashman series of books and this one has not disappointed. This novel evokes a time when travelling in Asia really was exploration. McDonald has written a gripping adventure story but for me the real joy is just how funny it is.