Flashman and the Seawolf

  • by Robert Brightwell
  • Narrated by Henry Clore Harrison
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the popularity of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, the Victorian scoundrel who got himself embroiled in many events of his age, this book introduces a new generation of the family: Thomas Flashman, whose career covers the Napoleonic and Georgian era. This first book covers his adventures with Thomas Cochrane, one of the most extraordinary naval commanders of all time. From the brothels and gambling dens of London, through political intrigues and espionage, the action moves to the Mediterranean and the real life character of Thomas Cochrane. This book covers the start of Cochrane's career including the most astounding single ship action of the Napoleonic war. Thomas Flashman provides a unique insight as danger stalks him like a persistent bailiff through a series of adventures that prove history really is stranger than fiction.

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Impossible to listen to

I have been a fan of the Flashman papers for decades and was excited to see this potential continuation of a great tradition. Indeed some of the other reviews were excellent. But I could barely sit through the first hour of this nonsense without gritting my teeth in frustration and wishing I could throw the iPad at the drooling, monotonous, uninspired narrator. I have also been in love with audiobooks since they were on tape, filling many hours of manual labor and road trips all over the country with some truly excellent performances, narrators who sucked me into the book and transported me into the middle of it. This book transported me alright, to a bathroom stall in a gas station listening to the odiferous body functions of a witless stranger. That anyone actually paid this guy to narrate anything is unbelievable. That anyone else finds this performance in any way acceptable is baffling. That I spent a good credit on this garbage is infuriating. I don't know what the story is like or if the book overall is any good, if I am to judge by the discriminating taste of the publisher, I'd venture to say no. Do yourself a favor and listen to a sample first, maybe I'm just an audiobook snob. Don't listen to me.
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- Patrick Greiffenstein

Prequel to Harry Flashman Series

This novel is the first in the Thomas Flashman series. This series is, chronologically, a prequel to the series by George MacDonald Fraser featuring the Victorian scoundrel and rogue Harry Flashman, nephew of Thomas. I loved the original Flashman series and this is a nice follow-up. I strongly recommend it to Flashman fans and to new readers.

However, Thomas is a relatively pale reflection of his nephew -- not nearly as much of a scoundrel and rouge. Thomas is more politically correct than Harry, which is not hard since Harry may be the least politically correct character in all of modern fiction. For example, while Thomas likes chasing the ladies and is a frequent visitor to brothels and bordellos, he draws the line, unlike Harry, at coercion and sexual assault.

This series is more like a cross between the original Flashman series and the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Thomas Flashman is pleasantly and plausible cowardly, self-interested, lewd, and licentious but he is fundamentally a positive character.

What this series has in common with the original Flashman series is its careful attention to historical accuracy. It is a wonderful way to learn history.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2017
  • Publisher: Henlow Publishing Ltd