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Publisher's Summary

The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.
©2012 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2012 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By ScubaTurtle on 12-17-12

Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Flashman to be better than the print version?

Far superior, the audio edition is perfect for people unfamiliar with British military history or many of the historical figures of Flashman's age.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashman?

Flashman's duel of honor, ( in which he fixes the outcome) which sets the ball rolling for his "heroics" in Afghanistan. He becomes the talk of military society and his gentlemenly conduct lauded when in reality his dishonesty saved his bacon from the fire.... the beginning of many such hilarious situations our protagonist finds himself in.

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

I have listened to many of his performances, and this one is just as excellent. Great voices in Mr. Cases repitoire.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not just this audio Flashman but all in the "Flashman Papers" series!!!! Please bring us Flashman's Lady and Flashman in the Great Game and convert abridged into unabridged format.

Any additional comments?

The Flashman papers will take you on a rollicking adventure through the annals of British Military history through the eyes of a cowardly, bullying, lechering, and most of all hilarious British officer in the 19th Century. You are in for a treat!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob on 08-04-13

Real history, real drama, real comedy

GM Fraser was a real historian, and a WWII vet, so he was the perfect person to show the real history of some of the most infamous battles of all time through a clever lense. Harry Flashman, the bully of Tom Brown's "School Days" lives a full life as the explemplary war hero in every famous military action of British Empire from the 1840's to 1900. Now in his 80s he writes a secret memoir revealing how he was actually a coward, cheat, rake and general cad. The papers, "discovered" in the 1960's later are raw, wry and very very real in its depiction of (in this the first episode) one of the most infamous, stupid and senseless military disasters, the retreat from Kabul.
This is the first audio book I have bought where I had read the book previously, but this and the 4th book of the series are my favorite books of all time. I would, on my more critical days give it a 4 because it did not incorporate the fascinating footnotes. However, upon reflection, I could not actually see how they would have done it. Still, I wish they had included a reading of the footnotes as an addendum, as Fraser uses them to add clarifications and minor corrections to Flashman's recollections. As many other historians have noted, the Flashman papers, though fiction could be used as history textbooks. American readers will be fascinated by the stories (not taught in our schools) of the various British military disasters, and the other novels dealing with US history will no doubt fascinate the British readers.
The charm of the story is the old man telling the story of the young man with all the remembrances and retrospective insights. The narration captures this well, though the youthful voices and female voices are not as convincing as the old Flashman and other senior characters.
Americans would have done well to have read this book prior to invading Afghanistan.

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