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Where does Flashman in the Peninsula rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The original Flashman books are some of my absolute favorite audiobooks, and Brightwell's tales are every bit as good.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Flashy, of course, followed by Cuesta and the Maid of Zaragotha. Wellesley is portrayed perfectly, of course, with the dry wit one would expect from him.
What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?
He has an excellent pace and manages to differentiate each character's voice so that you can easily follow a conversation between even two similar characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Flashy "rescued" the Maid of Zaragotha, and she later told her story of growing up near the soldiers' barracks.
Any additional comments?
It's an excellent tale throughout, and once again, Brightwell does his homework on the war so that most historically-minded readers aren't disengaged *and* still tell an ofttimes funny, often poignant tale of war and misadventure. It's engaging from start to finish and I'll be buying every one in the series.
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The death of George MacDonald Fraser robbed his many faithful readers of more episodes in his hugely successful “Flashman” series. What we have here is not more about Sir Harry Flashman, but a spin-off (homage?) series about his equally caddish, cowardly, and successful uncle. Does it work? This is my first experience of Thomas Flashman but I’ll say “so far so good”.
It’s not perfect, there is a somewhat cloned feel to it, and some anachronistic language I doubt GMF would have slipped into. But the character is there as is the historical research and the ability to bring them together in an entertaining tale. I’ll stick with Thomas and hope he proves as engrossing as Harry did.
The narration, while satisfactory, is not as good as it should be. The delivery for the narrating Flashman is uneven, sometimes he sounds so languid it’s as if he’s ready to doze off. And the narrator doesn’t seem to have the command of different accents for the various characters that a book narrator should have. Campbell was especially irritating to this Scot as his accent meandered unconvincingly all over Scotland with the occasional foray into rural England!