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Mr American is a swashbuckling romp of a novel. Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

Tall dark and dangerous, soft spoken and alone, with London at his feet and a dark shadow in his past, he was a mystery to all of them, rustics and royalty, squires and suffragettes, the women who loved him and the men who feared and hated him. He came from a far frontier in another world, yet he was by no means a stranger! even old General Flashman, who knew men and mischief better than most, never guessed the whole truth about Mr American.

©1998 George MacDonald Fraser; (P)2010 Random House

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  • J. Jason
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 05-20-13

WOW! WHAT A BOOK; WHAT A PERFORMANCE

This work upset my world for days. It quietly drew me in at first. I thought 'it has no plot at all' -- an accessory well concealed in amongst the ornate language that had already ensnared me beyond any hope of escape. I found it all irresistibly beguiling.

I was there, in Castle Lancing, England, living a gentry's life of leisure. And 'who's the antagonist' I wondered. But it didn't matter: I was hooked and couldn't stop listening except at gunpoint.

And in the end I was heartbroken that it was all over. I will listen to this one again.

PS: The landscape is littered with antagonists: witting and otherwise.



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  • Arnold
  • toronto, ON, Canada
  • 01-10-13

Lot's of fun and great characters you'll remember

By accident my previous read had been Brideshead Revisited, which was another Edwardian story of aristocratic manners. It was good but I liked this story better. It combined many genres and gave a great historical account of what it was like in 1909-1914 England through the eyes of a reformed gunfighter from Colorado. There were many stories within stories and when it seemed it might be going flat in tone (it's 23 hours) General Harry Flashman walks in and picks things right up again. A great listen and David Case did another fine job. Plus the ending was touching. George Fraser really is a first class writer.

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  • John
  • Columbia, TN, United States
  • 10-26-10

Mr. America you had so much potential.

Mr. America peaked my interest at first, and I thought it would have takes some different directions than it took. The narrator was great, and certainly added to the book. The plot took several naps and it seemed as if the writer was struggling to fill the page. The condensed version may have been better in this case. I did stay with it and am not sorry I did. It is one of those books you can listen to on a long ride, and if you are distracted and miss some of it you will not loose the gist of the story. Aauh go ahead and get it.

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disappointing - couldn't finish it

I tried, and stuck with almost half way, but couldn't do it.
Events just seem to happen to the protagonist, who is passively thrown into one remarkable situation after another.
I think David Case is a very good narrator, I've probably listened to hundreds of hours of his narration. However.....I really don't like the american accent he does for the main character, I can't get past it, it's really off.

I usually like when the current history of the time is blended into literature, but here, it's very awkwardly done.

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  • Clayton
  • WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States
  • 07-20-17

Simply extraordinary! Wonderful, poignant story telling

George McDonald Fraser at his best. You never can guess the plot turns. His depiction of the period before WW1 is remarkable!

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Superb!

MacDonald Fraser paints a vivid and compelling picture of Edwardian England through the eyes of an American gun slinger who struck it rich. The narration is superb and the performance is highly entertaining.

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A Real Pleasure

Where does Mr. American rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right now having just listened to it it is my favourite, although for obvious reasons there are many books as good and some better - but few as enjoyable as a listening/reading experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. American?

I derived pleasure from every chapter. The story is very engaging and the characters fully formed and likeable. George MacDonald Fraser tells his story with such ease and skill that I was drawn happily along from moment to moment. I found many thought-provoking observations and the historical setting was perfectly formed. Having read the Flashman novels I was expecting something more in the same riotous style, but although this novel is set almost in the same historical period it is a level above Flashman.This is one of those rare things - an interesting story well-told that does not patronise the reader nor treat him as a consumer.

Have you listened to any of David Case’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is a very good performance. Mr Case's usual speaking voice irritates me but once he moves into character the suspension of disbelief takes over and the various personalities come to life. Nice job.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended if you enjoy good literature.

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In need of a good editor

After enjoying the Flashman novels, I decided to try this one. Sir Harry shows up in a cameo, but the story is neither amusing nor exciting, on the whole. It reads like a compilation of a bunch of Flashman ideas, stitched together in a rush and patched together with some anecdotes about an American visitor to England. David Case is great as usual...

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Cowboy goes to England

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The setting is 1909 or so England.<br/><br/>I loved this book. Never knew what to expect so it kept me listening to it through to the next morning... Love the main character who was a polite solid quiet cowboy(his background) becoming a gentleman in British society.<br/><br/>The women he meets is a good tale in itself. But of course the story does not end there!<br/><br/>I would call this book a "Page Turner", so engrossing.<br/><br/>I had a chuckle from the "Flashman" books which I read previously. This book has an appearance of the "Flashman" character.<br/><br/>I am a heavy listener to audio books as my first choice, I have listened to over 4,000 of them. I would rank this book in the top 5% for being such an engaging tale and gripping. After the ending, this book is quite thought provoking. <br/><br/>If you liked this book, I recommend that you might also read "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London<br/>performed by Frank Muller. "The Sea Wolf" is a gripping story not the typical read. It too was a "page turner" for me.<br/><br/>I highly recommend that you give this book a try. This book I will probably listen to it again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Quintessential American Novel

This book is a quintessential American novel that hasn't yet broken through to the mainstream. Fraser, who is quite talented at writing incorrigible cad Harry Flashman, transition nicely to writing a California goldrusher who finds himself cavorting with the English upper crust. There's a nice cameo by Flashman for the fans of his other books. Also, there's an obvious allusion to Pearson v. Post for legal nerds. This book is exciting and excellently written. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY