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In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beauiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting-fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while, the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

©1970 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Humor, adventure, history..<br />

The fictional memoir of a British officer who is, he openly admits, a poltroon. Some of his language is offensive, so listen with headphones. Engaging tale. Terrific narration.

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  • hazel
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  • 11-30-14

Totally fun

I had purchased several other of the "Flashman" novels quite some time ago and had almost forgotten what an amusing and fun listen they were. I was delighted to find this one and it certainly did not disappoint. David Case simply has to be the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to... Brilliant!!

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Prisoner of Zenda send up

David Case was born to be Flashman, he reads these books with such nuance, panache and superb comic timing. Satire, adventure, swashbuckle, history, the Flashman books are a composite of all these things, based on the conceit that the bully, coward and womanizer, Flashman, (the despicable character from Tom Brown's School Days), became a career soldier and subsequent hero, many times over, as revealed in the Flashman papers. There are no other books quite like these. Highly recommended to everyone who loves classic English novels and black humor.

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The Scoundral Continues to Intrigue

In his own words, Harry Flashman is a "poltroon." So when he gets enmeshed in a desperate (yet oddly familiar) plot, watching him twist and turn is a joy. The book is well written, interesting, and clips along. The narrator does a great job. Just an enjoyable historical novel that is well worth listening to.

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This is the one the movie was based on

The full Royal Flash (1975) movie starring Malcolm McDowell as Flashman and Oliver Reed as Bismarck can be found on YouTube but make sure you first listen to this magnificent audiobook. Flashman at his best!