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Royal Flash

The Flashman Papers, Book 2
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: The Flashman Papers, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

In volume II of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.

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 beautiful 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.

©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter.... It is the verve of the storytelling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory." ( Sunday Telegraph)

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Halarious anti-hero.

Flashman is a cynical, cowardice, racist bully - the kind of man who we secretly do not hate entirely because we are not sure how to convincingly hold the position of total lack of admiration for such men. To his credit, he is a most talented polyglot, horseman, and womaniser, and his adventures in the midst of major macro political events of the 19th century takes the reader laughing though history's I'll-lit side-allies. There, the story's anti-hero upholds the British empire by running from its enemies, sleeping with the maximum possible amount of women, and more often than not manages to wriggle himself out of the absurd kinds of trouble he repeatedly finds himself in. Hilariously written. Excellent stuff.

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Flashman brought to life!

Fantastic story that races along paralleling Anthony Hope's famous novel. The narrator is absolutely perfect!

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  • Hammerhead
  • 07-25-15

Flashy does it again!

What made the experience of listening to Royal Flash the most enjoyable?

The narrator is good but I wish they would use a female voice for the female parts as it all sounds a bit pantomime with a bloke reading female responses.

What did you like best about this story?

Continues along the Flashman route,you can't get better.

What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is very good and keeps the momentum going.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

Just good fun stories

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  • Alex
  • 12-17-17

Ruined by the wrong reader

I read all of the Flashman books many years ago and loved them, Flashman is described in the books as big and bluff and hearty, so with that image in mind, why choose this reader? He reads perfectly well, but not in a way suitable for this character at all. I had to stop listening as it just ruined it all for me. Maybe if I didn't already know the books and have my own version of the character's 'voice' in mind, it wouldn't matter, but I am so disappointed with it that I can't listen to any more. If they were read by someone suitable, I'd order them all.

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  • samuel allen
  • 09-01-16

cracking book

can't beat a bit of flashy, irreverent and timeless tales, refreshingly politically incorrect and funny

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  • Roger Pygott
  • 02-20-16

Entertaining!

Brilliant story. Narrator not bad, but not in Timothy West's league. Still enjoyed it though.

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  • R. Fountain
  • 01-15-16

Very refreshingly un-pc, and bloody funny!

There is nothing to compare these books to, they stand alone in all their splendid glory! A bigger bigot, racist, cheat and charming coward will not be found. And yet, you can't help but root for him. Will probably be enjoyed by the English listener more than most!

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  • john
  • 03-17-15

Flashes blood may be blue but his liver's yellow!

Narrators voice leant itself perfectly to the ambiance of the story. The story certainly has elements of 'the prisoner of zenda' but with uniquely rogue flashy twists!

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  • Grant and Rosanna Guthrie
  • 08-02-19

Disgusting muck

Filthy yarn swimming in sexualised violence and dirty jokes, made my blood boil. Should be banned.

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  • "geordiemoozy"
  • 06-09-19

One of the best Flashman books

This one always feels a little different to the other Flashman books for me, probably because it follows the fictional tale it is based on rather than being set in real historical events like most of the series. However, this helps it hold together a bit more than some, so it is still one of the best in the series in my opinion. Some great characters, Lola and Rudy being the pick. Reader is fine. Highly recommended.

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  • SirChutney
  • 12-02-18

A cad, chauvinist, misogynist, adulterer

“I was sufficiently recovered from my nervous condition – or else the booze was beginning to work ...

Royal Flash is the second of the Flashman novels. Written in 1970 by George MacDonald Fraser, Fraser based the book on the plot of The Prisoner of Zenda. Set during the Revolutions of 1848 the story is amusing enough. It is set in the fictional Duchy of Strackenz. This makes it the only Flashman novel to be set in a fictitious location. The story sees Flashman (view spoiler)

In Royal Flash we see old Flashy in all his guises. Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat. He uses his wits and skill to out of all manner of sticky situations. Well researched and full of detail, the mixture of history, humour and adventure makes for a great read.

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  • Mr. Nm Sheader
  • 09-27-18

The diary of an unscrupulous cad....hilarious!

Being in the forces myself, I can very much identify with the drunken debauchery and cowardly antics of the cad and boulder that is Lt Harry Flashman and the way that somehow, through his keen instinct for self preservation, he always evades danger of death and emerges victorious, decorated as a hero. The book is written in the style of a true biography based upon Flashman’s journals. He really is just so wrong and un-politically correct by both past and present standards than one can’t help but to laugh, even when his actions are despicable.

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  • Alex Q.
  • 07-07-17

Popcorn adventure

The story of a character so bad doing so well is somehow so much fun.

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