Flashman and the Cobra

  • by Robert Brightwell
  • Narrated by Henry Clore Harrison
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the second instalment in the life story of Thomas Flashman, the uncle of the notorious Victorian rogue Harry Flashman, whose memoirs have already been published; edited by George MacDonald Fraser.
Thomas shares many of the family traits, particularly the ability to find himself reluctantly at the sharp end of many major events of his age. This book takes him to territory familiar to readers of his nephew's adventures in India, during the second Mahratta war. It also includes an illuminating visit to Paris during the Peace of Amiens in 1802.
As you might expect, Flashman is embroiled in treachery and scandal from the outset and, despite his very best endeavours, is often in the thick of the action. He intrigues with generals, warlords, fearless warriors, nomadic bandit tribes, highland soldiers and not least - a four-foot-tall former Nautch dancer, who led the only Mahratta troops to leave the battlefield of Assaye in good order.
Flashman, gives an illuminating account with a unique perspective. It details feats of incredible courage, (not his, obviously), reckless folly, and sheer good luck that were to change the future of India and the career of a general who would later win a war in Europe.


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Gave Me Chills

What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Cobra the most enjoyable?

I'm a fan... trending toward superfan. I got chills on multiple occasions while listening to "Flashman and the Cobra". I felt like I was there at the Battle of Assaye, storming the fortress of Gawilghur, or experiencing Flashman's revelation about Solomon / Salame.Robert Brightwell not only knows how to tell a tale, but also knows how to make the little things pay off. He does his homework, crafting a big story of big historical events while keeping the details that ground it in reality and make it believable and relatable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thomas himself, of course, but the Begum of Samru and Freddy Carstairs will always stay with me, along with the fierce warriors of the rajput.

What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?

Mr. Harrison did an excellent job throughout, including recreating accents without descending into mockery. He has a different tone than David Case (who narrates the Flashman Chronicles), but it has a similar comfortable flavor.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Flashman.Scoundrel. Hero.

Any additional comments?

Can't recommend it highly enough, both the performance and the story. Fraser would be very, very proud of Mr. Brightwell's work.

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- Amazon Customer

Thomas Flashman is a welcome hero

What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Cobra the most enjoyable?

You can say alot about Thomas but boring isn't one of them. It is true that the Gods must have a sense of humor. I have enjoyed both of his books and look forward to the next

What other book might you compare Flashman and the Cobra to and why?

I have read may books with different types of heroes but Flashie is a very reluctant one who seems to get thru.No books can compare

Have you listened to any of Henry Clore Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr Harrison has a very professional performance and both of his books I have listened to were excellant and look forward to many more

If you could take any character from Flashman and the Cobra out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Without a doubt it would be Thomas he is a most interesting fellow

Any additional comments?

I hope that Mr Brightwell will keep these books coming We have enjoyed them

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- Dennis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: Henlow Publishing Limited