Books four through six in George MacDonald Fraser's uproarious best-selling Flashman series, now available in one audiobook for the first time.
Flashman and the Mountain of Light: 1845-1846. Given the choice between defending Britannia's frontier against the mighty Sikh army and pleasuring a ravishing maharani in the Court of the Punjab, Flashman knew where he'd rather be. Of course, that was before he found out about the torture chambers or the malevolent influence of the Mountain of Light....
Flash for Freedom!: 1848-1849. Flashman seems destined for the House of Commons until his political ambitions are scuppered by a crooked game of pontoon with Disraeli (with someone else doing the cheating for a change!). Forced to flee London, he boards a vessel bound for the United States - via the African slave coast. Before the odyssey ends, Flashy will encounter an assortment of interesting Yanks, including a New Orleans madam and a young Mr Lincoln....
Flash and the Redskins: 1849-50/1875-76. With charges of slave stealing, slave trading, false pretenses and murder hanging over him, Flashman is desperate to leave New Orleans. So desperate that when a besotted brothel keeper invites him to lead a wagon train of whores bound for the California goldfields, he jumps at the chance.
"In Flashman, George MacDonald Fraser has created one of the immortals." (Sunday Times)
"If ever there was a time when I felt that watcher-of-the-skies-when-a-new-planet-stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman." (P. G. Wodehouse)
"Flashman remains in a class of his own." (Guardian)
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This version does not really work
To me, Flashman's voice is an older voice. The best versions of Flashman audio books I've ever heard are by Tomothy West. Colin Mace does his best but his voice is too young and not 'Victorian' enough.
- Amazon Customer
Flash is back!
One of the best
Flashy - of course!
Fun, clear and just how you would expect Flashman to sound. Good accents for other characters too.
I've always been a big fan of the Flashman series. In the past there have been several narrators of the Flashman audiobooks but Timothy West was by far and away the best. However he only narrated 4 books (3 of which are still available on iTunes). I just couldn't get along with other narrators for the books I didn't have (Flash is not your conventional respectable hero but they read it like he was). Colin Mace is excellent. He gets across the character of the swaggering but likable bounder beautifully and the accents of the other characters are well drawn. This review also applies to the 2 other Flashman books Colin Mace narrates. Hope he will do the whole series.
- David Bailey