The Reavers

  • by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by Bill Wallis
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spoiled, arrogant, filthy rich, and breathtakingly beautiful, the young Lady Godiva Dacre is exiled from the court of Good Queen Bess (who can't abide red-haired competition) to her lonely estate in distant Cumberland, where she looks forward to bullying the peasantry and getting her own imperious way. Little does she guess that the turbulent Scottish border is the last place for an Elizabethan heiress, beset by ruthless reavers (many of them unshaven), blackmailing ruffians, fiendish Spanish plotters intent on regime change, and turning Merrie England into a ghastly European Union province. And no one to rely on but her half-witted blonde school chum, a rugged English superman with a knack for disaster, and a dashing highwayman who looks like Errol Flynn but has a Glasgow accent. To say nothing of warlocks, impersonators, taxi-drivers riding brooms, burlesque artists, the drunkest man in Scotland, and several quite normal characters. Oh, yes, gossips, it's all happening in The Reavers, a moral tale obviously conceived in some kind of fit by Flashman author George MacDonald Fraser...well, he's getting on, and was bound to crack eventually. He admits (nay, insists) that it's a crazy story for listeners who love fun for its own sake.

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OK, but certainly not 5*

I downloaded The Reavers on the basis of its two, existing 5 star reviews and the fact that I've loved the Flashman books in the past. How disappointing. I've only listened to an hour of the eight so far, and I'm not sure whether I'll continue. So far it's taken an awfully long time for the plot to start developing, but it is well read, and the voice characterisations are very good. It's not great on historical detail and there are some curiously modern pop culture references, but some of the humour is quite engaging.

All in all, not a five star audio book by any stretch of the imagination, but bits are quite fun.
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- Rachel

Made me laugh out loud

Fabulous characters with tongue firmly wedged in cheek. If you want historical niceties this isn't for you but it is very funny.
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- Gill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2007
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited