Royal Flash : The Flashman Papers

  • by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by Colin Mace
  • Series: The Flashman Papers
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In volume II of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.
In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.
From London gaming halls and English hunting fields to European dungeons and throne rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.

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What the Critics Say

"Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter.... It is the verve of the storytelling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Flashy does it again!

What made the experience of listening to Royal Flash the most enjoyable?

The narrator is good but I wish they would use a female voice for the female parts as it all sounds a bit pantomime with a bloke reading female responses.


What did you like best about this story?

Continues along the Flashman route,you can't get better.


What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is very good and keeps the momentum going.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No


Any additional comments?

Just good fun stories

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- Hammerhead

Poor narration spoils a great story

Elaborating on my criticism of the first Flashman in this audio series, I'm so disappointed with the narration that I won't continue with the rest.

I enjoy revisiting books that I love; having them read to you by a skilled actor on a second visit can enrich the text, bringing out nuances in character and other elements which make the re-read well worthwhile. A great example of this is the Aubrey-Maturin "Master & Commander" series. I loved the books the first time and then felt like I'd doubled the enjoyment by listening to Ric Jerrom's take on the characters.

I was so looking forward to seeing what a narrator could do with Flashy. One of literature's great comic creations deserved something special and Coin Mace has done nothing to bring this off. If you had never read the Flashman novels then you might get through these recordings having enjoyed the stories as they were. If it comes to the words alone, then Macdonald Fraser's books are an absolute delight. But if this is your second time around and, like me, you were hoping for something special, then you will be severely disappointed.

Mace's delivery adds nothing, and in many ways detracts from the story. He reads like someone who has never seen the words before. Intonation and rhythm is repetitive and inappropriate. Time and time again he misses great comic lines and sounds like someone reading a text for the first time with no rehearsal.

Harry Flashman deserves more. He is a character whose words paint a picture of a historical past, but also of a spineless rogue. The books are his words and they needed, not only an actor who could live up to this challenge, but one who could add to it too.

I'm not going to listen to any more of this series because it irritates me so much. It irritates me that Flashy hasn't been brought off the page in a way that I know other characters have been. But the narration actually grates. Sentence stress and intonation in this recording is indicative of someone who is taking no interest in what he is saying and instead attempting to enliven it by randomly dramatising parts which don't need it and passing over parts which do.

Huge opportunity missed. What a shame.
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- S E Darrington

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-02-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited